Redefining the Classroom


Computer engineer Manar Wadi poses with the controller she adapted to run a plasma cutter in one of Lake Superior State University's manufacturing technology labs. The senior project capped four years of hard work at Lake Superior State for Wadi, who works for PATEL, a telecommunications company, in her home town of East Jerusalem.

"I really wanted to see if I could successfully bridge two cultures while keeping my own solid identity," says Manar. "I wanted to help myself, as well as others around me, overcome barriers of culture and prejudgment that separate us. This was one major goal of my college experience, and LSSU offered a perfect environment to do this.

Being a woman engineer doesn't create any obstacles or awkwardness whatsoever to me pursuing a career in Palestine or any of the Arab countries in the Middle East," she says. "In fact, I just received a job offer by Etisalat in Dubai. This shows that women professionals do have job opportunities in the Middle East."


  • Applied Manufacturing Technologies
  • Ab Inito
  • Bauer Controls
  • Boeing
  • Continental Automotive, Inc.
  • Crockett Technologies
  • Delaney Software Services
  • Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering / Purdue
  • JR Automation
  • PALTEL (Palestine Telecom)
  • and many more!

Many Options

Graduates may choose from engineering positions ranging from computer systems design, software or hardware development to research, robotics and applications.