NEW Robotics Engineering Degree
LSSU is one of the top public universities in the United States, and only one of two public universities in the state of Michigan, to offer a Robotics Engineering undergraduate degree.
According to Zion Market Research study, the Industrial Robotics Market was worth around $41.7 billion in 2021 and is estimated to grow to about $81.4 billion by 2028 as industries like automotive, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, packaging, and manufacturing continue to adopt and implement robotics at a faster rate. The International Federation of Robotics estimates that over 50 percent of production operators will be working with robots in 10 years’ time. But this demand is causing an ever growing gap in professionals with robotic skills. For over 35 years, LSSU’s Robotics programs continue to help fill this need.
The new Robotics Engineering degree program combines the strengths of our engineering programs in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and builds on three decades of expertise in industrial robotics, including the $2M Robotics Lab, by expanding into mobile and service robotics. A detailed list of courses for the Robotics Engineering degree can be found in the LSSU course catalog.
The School of Engineering & Technology’s Computer Engineering bachelor’s degree program, Electrical Engineering bachelor’s degree program, and Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
One of the Best
Our Robotics and Automation Laboratory was recognized as one of the most complete and advanced of its kind in the country
Specializing in robotics engineering education for more than 30 years
$2M Robotics Laboratory
15 industrial robots, vision systems, sensors and rotary index tables, using a variety of software and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
Robotics Engineering in Senior Projects
Students partner with leading industries and corporations to develop capstone projects; it is a great way of bringing our Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Electrical Engineering Technology students together for interdisciplinary projects.
Team SEA (Superior Engineering and Automation) developed an automated vision alignment system to align to a steering column and perform a telescoping effort test for Nexteer Automotive. This system allows Nexteer to test how much effort it takes to push a steering column in and pull it out when a user is adjusting the steering wheel in their vehicle. The process developed by Team SEA reduced the time for the alignment process and effort test from 10 minutes with the current method to an average of 13 seconds with Team SEA’s method.
Team ALVS partnered with Esys Automation to develop a machine vision system with the capability to detect the operational status of automotive daytime running lights and center high mount stop lights. The project was broken down into four major tasks. The first task was to mount the camera and lights, then power them up. The second task was to determine an appropriate camera setup to reduce interference from ambient light sources. The third was to develop a vision algorithm to analyze the camera images. Finally the fourth part was to design a graphical user interface that would allow the future operator to begin work with the product while receiving minimal training. These four parts came together to create a product that could in the future, be used at the final inspection stage in automotive plants.
Featuring top robots manufactured by:
Our class of Stäubli robots is among the fastest and most articulated with six degrees of freedom. The work cell features four robots with shared rotary index tables and a Bosch continuous palletizing conveyor system that operate as an 8-station system. The line includes tool changing systems, end-of-arm devices, and vision systems. They are operated by programmable logic controllers (PLCs) using DeviceNet and VAL3 software.
The robots of our FANUC oval line are part of the Arcmate family with six degrees of freedom. The workcell is surrounded by an oval track with four robots working together as an 8-station system. Activities are coordinated between the robots with a continuous conveyor system. Karel software is used for programming this workcell.
Nearly 100% Placement
Our graduates are sought out by companies including:
Applied Manufacturing Technologies
Our graduates also reported average starting salaries over $65,000!
More than 75 percent of our engineering classes have a laboratory component, including robotics, using industrial grade equipment.
Our average engineering class size is 14 students.
Small classes provides you plenty of personal, hands-on experience, early on in your learning.
LSSU also offer Robotics & Automation degree concentrations and minors within the following degree programs:
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering Technology
- Electrical Engineering Technology
We want to know how we can help you achieve your dream of becoming an engineer!
- Email us to let us know you want to study robotics!
- Attend our Robotics Summer Camp
Students have the opportunity to work with both mobile robots as well as traditional industrial robots. In small class settings LSSU students often get to choose their own projects; a recent team of undergraduate research students created a custom LIDAR system for a Corobot mobile robot.
Early Exposure to Robotics Engineering
Students are exposed to robotics engineering and other foundational engineering concepts early in EGNR101: Introduction to Engineering.
Are you a member of FIRST Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST LEGO League?
Members of our faculty and students mentor three area high school FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams. We are an FRC Kick-off site and hold a Qualifying Tournament for FIRST LEGO League.