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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
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LSSU is 1 of only 3 universities in the U.S. with a robotics specialization at the undergraduate level
Senior Projects
 
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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.

Robotic Calibration Systems

RCS is a multidisciplinary team of engineering students comprised of two electrical engineers, one computer engineer, and three mechanical engineers.

The team was assigned the task of designing and building two service test stands for Continental Automotive Systems (CAS), a world-wide leader in innovative technologies for vehicle safety applications. The stands will be used to calibrate the Sprint 3 Programmable Steering Machine, which is manufactured by Heitz Automotive. The Steering Machine used by CAS automates testing applications pertaining to vehicle rollover testing.

Integrated Vascular Innovations


Pictured from left: Michael Stumpo (CE), Aaron Hoffman (EE), and Stephen Tillotson (ME)

Team IVI designed a medical thrombosis prevention prototype to decrease the risk of lower-extremity venous thrombosis, blood clots in the leg veins of human individuals. It improves blood circulation by applying pressure to different parts of the patient’s lower extremities in a timed sequence. The parts of the device include two cuffs: one for the upper thigh and another around the foot, along with a controller to synchronize the operation with an air pressure supply unit. It allows medical professionals to conduct clinical trials and produce documentation to assess the effectiveness and safety of the device. The team members traveled to New Mexico (Cardio Vascular Research Institute of New Mexico) and validated the device on a patient at Dr. Chandran’s clinic in April.

  

There are 6 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)
  • 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.


Students participate in a senior year experience, choosing from industry, cooperative education or research projects. The above data acquisition project ended up on a showroom floor in Germany with BMW.

Student Research...

Ellsworth, Michigan

Jonathon studied the foraging behavior of white-tailed deer. Previous studies claim that deer have the ability to determine which vegetation will benefit them the most during different times of the year. In the fall, deer select diets high in energy content to maintain body mass and temperature. Nachazel's study explored the relationship between preferred white-tailed deer forage and energy levels found in the three types of vegetation. His results will assist managers in helping decrease mortality rates during the winter.

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