"I graduated from LSSU in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, and have since had a heavy focus in robotics and systems integration. I spent my first 7 years with FANUC in Rochester Hills as a product manager, and have since worked for Hartness International managing a robotic automation group. We continue to grow at a rapid pace, and will integrate 60+ robots this year and see no slow down in sight. My experience at LSSU has enabled me to take charge in this challenging and growing market."
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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.
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.
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.
Electives are selected from a variety of disciplines. These can be used to complete a minor in mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science or robotics.
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
(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
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
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.