Students looking for a high-demand, interdisciplinary, technology-based degree will be excited to learn about Lake Superior State University’s newest degree: a bachelor of science in mechatronics.
LSSU is now accepting applications for new and transfer students to start in the fall 2022 semester.
“The faculty in the School of Engineering and Technology designed the new mechatronics program with input from our Industrial Advisory Board,” stated Dr. Lynn Gillette, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Graduates of the program will be able to utilize, design, test, and customize new smart technologies.”
The program builds on decades of expertise within engineering and robotics to meet the needs of a world that is increasingly digital and automated. “One of our goals is to attract regional students who are involved in mechatronics or robotics at their local high school, but may be on the fence regarding higher education,” added Dr. Kimberly Muller, dean of the College of Innovation and Solutions. “Many of the hands-on and creative aspects of this program will be reminiscent of the things that inspire them in their current activities.”
Similar to the other LSSU programs, mechatronics has many hands-on laboratory classes, such as industrial robotics, CNC machining, and programmable logic controls. It also includes high-demand courses, including Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0, Industrial Control Systems, and Cyber-Physical Systems & Security.
“Similar to our other engineering and engineering technology programs, this new degree applies the core of math, science, and general education classes to help students solve complex problems to benefit society,” said Prof. David Leach, assistant professor and coordinator of the engineering technology programs. “With the creation of the new mechatronics program, students will be able to take advantage of the synergies between computer science, manufacturing, and engineering. I am excited to see students develop skills in areas like artificial intelligence and cyber-physical security that are increasingly important in today’s industry.”
Students will work closely with full-time faculty in small class and lab settings, including LSSU’s $2 million robotics and 3D printing facility.
“One of the strategies in LSSU’s strategic plan is to add academic programs that meet market needs,” explained LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “The talent gap in Michigan is evident and the growth of high school mechatronics programs shows that these are skills that students are seeking. Our mechatronics program will serve as a bridge for these students to high-paying jobs.”