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"It seems like the more people I talk to, the more I realize just how good of an engineering program LSSU has. I appreciate your classes, your ability to make learning an enjoyable experience, and the hands-on attitude of LSSU as a whole. I am very glad I chose LSSU."

Jake Weinmann Controls Engineer, ADD Software/Fanuc Robotics

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering combines

Engineers create and design the products we use every day. They work to improve the things we use to live, work, and play. As an engineer you’ll use your mind and your creative talents to solve all kinds of problems. The field of engineering is as varied as your imagination.

Educated and prepared...

LSSU’s ABET-accredited computer engineering program is an excellent mix of theory and practical lab experiences. The program combines aspects of computer science with electrical engineering. Computer engineers design computer systems that control hardware. Typical applications are systems that control communication systems, navigation systems, airbags, anti-lock brakes, engine controllers or any embedded computer controlled system. Graduates can choose from positions ranging from computer systems design, software or hardware development to research, robotics and applications.

We understand the importance of hands-on learning. More than 75% of our engineering courses offer lab activities. Students participate in a senior year experience in one of three project areas: co-op, industrial, or applied research, helping them make the transition from the undergraduate classroom to the workplace or graduate studies.

Engineering graduates who have gone into the workplace have enjoyed nearly 100% placement with competitive starting salaries. Those who have chosen to work towards higher degrees have attended institutions such as Purdue, Notre Dame and the University of Hawaii. Their work has included underwater robotics applications, computer intrusion detection, differential geometry and nonlinear control theory. 

Program Options

  • Robotics and Automation Option
    The robotics and automation option will provide you with a strong background in robotics applications, robotics system design and integration, machine vision, sensors, communications, manufacturing simulation and automation.

    LSSU is one of only a few universities in the U.S. with a robotics specialization at the undergraduate level. Our $1 million+ robotics lab includes 14 industrial robots, machine vision systems and intelligent sensors. Students begin working extensively with the robots at the junior level with a potential for earlier opportunities.

    Companies that are involved in robotics and automation specifically seek out LSSU graduates. Employers include FANUC Robotics, GM, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, GE, JR Automation, Kawasaki Robotics and Robotek.

  • Control Systems
    Courses in Statics, Control Systems, and Design of Control Systems provide you with a background in linear analysis and linear feedback systems, and control system design techniques. Job opportunities are found with titles such as controls engineers, systems engineers, project engineers, hardware or software design engineers, and applications engineers.

  • General
    Electives are selected from a variety of disciplines. These can be used to complete a minor in mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science or robotics.

Learn more at the School of Engineering & Technology


The School of Engineering & Technology Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Senior Project Earns Recognition

Under the direction of Prof. Jim Devaprasad, the senior project team Automated Promotional Engineering Systems (APES) designed and built a mobile robotics workcell that showcases various automation technologies.

“Given the national need to encourage young minds to seek careers in math and science fields, we hope to entice young individuals to the exciting opportunities in engineering and technology by demonstrating this mobile robotic workcell,” said Devaprasad. “It has already been showcased many times at LSSU in the summer engineering camps and for visitors in the engineering departments.”

The workcell’s robot demonstrates two projects: automatic solving of a user-scrambled Rubik’s cube (above), and the automated assembly of an automotive distributor (below).

The unit can be taken into classrooms and exhibitions to showcase engineering and the manufacturing process. Devaprasad said it demonstrates technologies such as automated system control, machine vision, robotic tool change and manufacturing sensors, all of which are taught to students enrolled in the robotics and automation option.

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Second place

Design Competition Senior project Team Rock Rover Design & Development qualified to advance to the international student design competition on November 18, 2009.

ASME Student Design Expositions provide a platform for all engineering students to showcase their innovative design and build projects to a broad audience. Bringing practicing engineers, faculty and students into one venue, this program also provides educational and professional development opportunities for exhibitors as well as spectators. For students, it is an opportunity to demonstrate their products or present their design concepts to potential employers and even investors. For industry leaders, the Expos are like career fairs in reverse; an opportunity to observe the landscape of student design, get to know extraordinary engineering students in the region and see first-hand the innovative ideas and skills students can bring to their companies.

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