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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology
Graduate Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering combines
Senior Projects
 
Real world learning

Our students participate in a senior-year experience working on either an industry-based project or a research-based project, preparing them to solve real-world problems. There are also opportunities for cooperative education positions for those who wish to include industrial experience during their academic career.

Optimized Signal Routing

Team OSR built and tested a unique connection harness to establish proper signal routing during Delphi’s steering system testing process.


Clockwise from lower left: Andre Sawruk (EE), Calvin Mattson (CE), Austin Hicks (CE), Nik Hargenrader (EE), and Johnny Clemente (CE).

The company prides itself on high quality validation of its steering systems. The programmable signal router will allow the Delphi to test hundreds of different electrical steering column components from a variety of manufacturer models using one device. The harness will provide more cost-effective and efficient testing, and allow Delphi engineers to program the routing of signals in any configuration to establish proper interfacing. The project was Phase II of the harness. Phase I was completed during the 2006-07 academic year by Team Universal Signal Routing (USR) which developed the design and proof of concept. Team OSR was charged with the construction of a prototype, testing and manufacturing of six signal routing boxes for Delphi.

The collaborative efforts of the project team and Delphi were featured in recent issue of Upper Peninsula Business Today magazine.

  

Other opportunities...

  • There are six professional organizations in which you can become involved: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for those interested in computer science activities.
  • In partnership with our industrial contacts, there are cooperative education experiences available where you learn, work and earn money. Positions are available for fall, spring or summer semesters.

Eric Becks"I have the best of both worlds here at LSSU. As Engineering Projects Manager for the Prototype Development Center, I have the opportunity to help entrepreneurs and small businesses bring their ideas to reality using the resources of the university. In addition, I get one on one time with my students. It is great to give our students the advantage of experiences gained through my years in industry. Most engineering universities don’t provide that practical hands-on experience to the level that LSSU can. One of my sophomore programming students will be working on projects this summer. Opportunities like these are valuable and rare!"

--Eric Becks
Prototype Development Engineer

 

IT Intern - Info Services Dept., City of Sault Ste. Marie, MI

William J. Mattson

The project consisted of working with a lead technical professional with the City of Sault Ste. Marie Information Services Department. Tasks involved shadowing an IT lead during the day-to-day to operations of the IS Department. Most of the assigned duties involved diagnosing and troubleshooting defective workstations and laptops, replacement of defective components as well as the installation of operating system software. The remainder of the project was spent completing an inventory of city-wide, IT-related equipment for the purpose of assessment by the city planners.

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