LSSU Engineering: Picturesque Setting, Real-World Experience, Multi-Disciplinary Teams, Multi-Million Dollar Robotics Lab, NEW B.S. Robotics Engineering

LSSU Engineering: Picturesque Setting, Real-World Experience, Multi-Disciplinary Teams, Multi-Million Dollar Robotics Lab, NEW B.S. Robotics Engineering

School of Engineering & Technology

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Welcome! On this page you will find the latest School of Engineering & Technology (SET) news, degrees, and more. Please follow the menu links for other information as well. If you have further questions there is a link at the bottom of each page to contact us.


  • Recent and Upcoming Happenings


    • Mr. Ron Throener and Prof. David Leach have been leading efforts in conjuction with Bay Mills Community College and teachers from the Eastern Upper Peninsula to 3D print and produce face shields for front line workers dealing with the coronavirus.
    • The new B.S. Robotics Engineering program has 20 students that are either solely majoring in it or are pursuing a dual major in CE, EE, or ME as well.
    • Dr. Zakaria Mahmud was granted tenure while Dr. Andrew Jones and Dr. Robert Hildebrand were both promoted to full professor!
    • The SAE Baja club participated in the Midnight Mayhem competition in Kentucky and placed 5th at the Blizzard Baja in Houghton; great experience for the students! Photos from the event can be found on the School of Engineering and Technology Facebook page.
    • For both incoming and returning students, make sure to apply for the many scholarships that are available to engineering students.


    • We are very excited to announce that Dr. Edoardo Sarda will be joining the School of Engineering and Technology faculty for the spring semester! Dr. Sarda holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from LSSU and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Florida Atlantic University where he worked with underwater robots. For the past two and a half years he has been working for KUKA robotics in Italy.
    • Congratulations to all the teams that competed in the annual EGNR101 robotics competition! A 3D video of the final round of the competition can be found on the School of Engineering and Technology Facebook page.
    • LSSU hosted the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Competition for the 10th year in a row. Congratulations to all the participants! LSSU will also again be hosting the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) kick-off in January and district event in April.
    • Students from the School of Engineering and Technology had the opportunity to gain valuable feedback from the School’s Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) on resumes and interview skills. This type of support from employers and alumni is one of the reasons our graduates have had 100% placement for the last two years.

All Old News

Feb. 2018: Come check out the School’s mini baja kart at the 50th anniversary of the I-500!

Jan. 2018: The Engineering Society of Detroit sponsored a student trip to the Detroit Auto Show. The Engineering House, which is also the student chapter of the ESD, furthermore attended the North American International Auto Show Industry Preview (the day prior to the actual show).

Engineering student ranks in top 3 at Al Owens Classic

April 23, 2016 – Nolin Livingston, an LSSU manufacturing engineering technology senior, placed 3rd in the hammer throw at the Al Owens Classic track & field meet. The 54.40m (178.4ft) throw at the GVSU-hosted event was his personal best. 1st was 68.55m (ranked 1st in the nation), and 2nd was 60.50m (ranked 9th in the nation). Congratulations Nolin!

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2015-16!

The class of 2015-16 is off to a great start. Trace Hill, a computer engineering graduate from Roscommon, Mich. was selected to be this year’s student respondent at commencement.

According to the LSSU news release, LSSU Vice President for Enrollment Services and Student Affairs Matt Jurvelin introduced student respondent Trace Hill as a student who is “not just strong academically, but involved outside of the classroom and is a wonderful individual who is rocketing to his future at a new job that he starts at Boeing this summer.”

Hill will be moving to Huntsville, Alabama, in June to work as a software engineer at the Boeing division where he was an intern last year. He will be working in a department contracted by NASA for the development of a rocket called Space Launch System while pursuing a master’s degree in physics.

Hill urged his fellow graduates to think of their diplomas “as more than a symbol of knowledge acquired…See your diploma as a piece of evidence that shows you had the dedication, the passion, and the discipline to devote yourself to a long-term goal and to see it to the very end, regardless of the challenges you faced along the way.

“Each of us faced some challenges…It was during those times when we were convinced we would never pass that course, never finish that paper, never graduate from college, that we learned just how strong and how capable we really are.”

He noted that while working as a tutor on campus that it was not a lack of passion, ambition, or perseverance that kept some students from doing better, but a lack of confidence in themselves.

“With confidence, you can succeed no matter how lofty the goal,” he said. “With passion, ambition, determination, and just a little bit of confidence in yourself, you can do whatever you set your mind to.”


Photo of video shoot in electrical engineering lab

NEXT ON LAKER TV – Lake Superior State University varsity basketball player Michael Smutny listens in as electrical engineering professor David Baumann explains the workings of position control circuitry for a DC motor, as designed by students in Baumann’s control systems laboratory. Baumann’s innovative lab set-up, along with student-athlete Smutny’s journey to becoming a mechanical engineer, are grist for a television ad being prepared by Spectrum Reach videographer Shana Baril (left), for airing throughout Michigan and the Midwest, starting in November. Smutny, from Saline, Mich., will also be graduating with a math baccalaureate degree. Assisting Baril with the shoot was videographer Scott Jones.

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LSSC 1977 Alumni present Career Roundtable

Lake Superior State College 1977 history graduate Ben Bolser shares his career experiences as probate judge and district attorney during a roundtable with LSSU students and staff on Sept. 25. He and his college buddies graduated with degrees from history, business, accounting, earth science, and computer and electrical engineering technology.

Bolser, who hails from Atlanta, Mich. in Montmorency County, and six friends who attended Lake Superior State College in the late 70s have remained close friends over years, getting together as work schedules permit. In addition to Bolser, the group of friends included Jim Bearman ’77, Mark Hales ’78, Paul Iott ’77 Kim Kowalewsky ’77, Steven Lien ’77, and Charlie Weber ’77.

Steve Lien, from Springfield, Mo., headed the effort to organize the Career Roundtable with LSSU’s Alumni Association and College of Business and Engineering. Lien graduated in 1977 with a BS in electrical engineering technology and an associate in computer technology. He is a retired senior principal engineer for the Boeing Company.

“During our LSSU formative years at Brady Hall and the Sophomore Village, starting in 1973 nine of us in various degree areas built strong friendships and successful careers after our LSSC graduation in 1977. Seven of us remain and were gathering in the Sault Ste. Marie area for a reunion September 24th – 27th,” said Lein. He continued by saying, “We thought it would be good to share our experiences in an open ‘Round Table Discussion’ format with the LSSU students, faculty and surrounding community.”

Lien also met with the residents of the engineering and engineering technology at the living, learning community house the previous evening. A reception followed the roundtable. Individual students met with several of the alumni for further career discussions.

“All of us are from average Midwest families in Michigan, Illinois and one of deceased members, Winnipeg, Canada.  Despite the notion of LSSC being a small university, we all were able to take the education provided to us turning it into very successful careers,” said Lien. The watchword advice was, always be ready to reinvent yourself.

Jim Bearman, (’77) of Jackson, Mich. received his bachelor’s in accounting. He worked his way up from director of rates with Consumer Engery to vice president of Burton & Associates.  Mark Hales, left Lake State in 1978 with an earth science degree to eventually become a self-employed petroleum geologist and geological consultant with Exxon-Mobil, living in Midland, Texas. Paul Iott turned his 1977 electrical engineering technology degree into a career at Lockheed Martin in San Jose, Calif., where he will be retiring as a senior staff software engineer.  Kim Kowalewsky (’77) followed an electrical engineering technology career to Woodstock, Ill., where he is the DC product manager for RAE DC Products, a division of Bluffton Motor Works. Business administration/management graduate Charlie Weber (’77), from Jenks, Okla., is a joint-venture auditor for BP in Houston, Texas, following a career in property accounting.

Degrees & Concentrations

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering


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Electrical Engineering Technology

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering


  • Vehicle Systems
  • Robotics & Automation
  • General

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Senior Projects

LSSU 2016-2017 Engineering Senior Project: Superior Racing SAE Baja Kart — Teams SRC & SRD (Superior Racing — Chassis & Drivetrain division)

Living Learning CommunityLake Superior State University Engineering House

  • The “Engineering House” Living Learning Community provides additional opportunities for student mentoring, access to technology, and novel field engineering-related field trips through affiliation with the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). Learn more about LSSU’s living learning communities here.
  • To apply, contact LSSU Housing.
    • Returning Student Deadline: First Friday of February
    • Incoming Student Deadline: Last Friday of April*
      • *Applications will still be reviewed after this date, however, if spots are available.



The 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,


The Electrical Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program and Manufacturing Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

More information on the School of Engineering & Technology’s accreditation and outcome reporting can be found here.


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