Senior Projects

For more information or to sponsor a Senior Project (follow the link to obtain a project proposal form), contact Dr. Paul Weber at 906-635-2031.

Senior Projects…more than just theory

All engineering students are required to participate in a senior project sequence. Whether you choose to participate in a team on an industrial or research project, or as an individual at a cooperative work site, you will grow both professionally and personally as you work with professionals in the field.

During a typical senior project, you’ll develop your technical and communication skills, manage budgets, and work with practicing engineers. The senior project experience is designed to give you the tools you need to be prepared for “real life” and allow you to be successful in your career. Choose from one three senior year experiences: Industrial, Research or Cooperative Education.

  • INDUSTRIAL These projects can be external or internal in nature. Student teams have a faculty advisor and an industrial customer representative.They are faced with a host of engineering problem-solving, analysis, development, modeling, design review, programming, and fabrication issues. Additionally, participants deal with aspects of being a team of diverse individuals from varying areas of engineering including communication, purchasing and budgets, documentation, time management, and interpersonal skills. Upon completion of the year, the teams present their work to their industrial customers for final approval.
  • RESEARCH: The research sequence is frequently chosen by those students who wish to pursue post-graduate degrees. Teams work sided-by-side with a professor on a guided research project. Some projects may come from an industrial background such as robotic simulation software packages that have been reviewed for companies such as DELMIA.
    Participants prepare research proposals and grants, as well as publishing the team’s findings in a format suited for professional conferences and presentations. Some industrial projects have a research component to determine feasibility. Once a study has been completed, the following year another team will take on the project and develop a functional prototype for the customer. These multi-year projects change course and take on new dimensions with each successive year.
  • COOPERATIVE: Participants in this style of senior experience are those who have previously spent at least a semester in a cooperative education environment. Typically, students work on-site during the spring or summer with a selected company on a personally-proposed and developed project. The following fall, co-op students join a first-semester industrial senior project team to gain team-related skills and experience.

Success… going to grad school or jumping into a career

We have had a 100% success rate of students entering the workforce or being accepted to graduate school . Various companies visit our campus specifically looking for LSSU graduates. You’ll find out alumni at companies including Kawasaki, ABB, Boeing, JR Automation, Essar Algoma Steel, Continental Automotive, Ford, Chrysler, Tenaris Tubes, Pacific Union, John Deere, and Applied Manufacturing Technologies.

LSSU graduates have received their post-graduate degrees from universities such as Purdue, Notre Dame, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Michigan Technological University, Old Dominion, University of Texas at Arlington, and Florida Atlantic Universtiy.

Senior Project teams by Year

Students are placed into groups with diverse backgrounds to be able to problem solve and develop the final product or conclusion. See the accordian below for senior projects from this and previous years.

2015-16 projects

Senior Projects 2015-16

Meet this year’s project teams:

Team CRS logo

Team CRS

Crystal Robotic Systems
LSSU FANUC robotics flowline – electrical & computer
Customer: Lake Superior State University
Sponsor: Applied Manufacturing Technology

Team LIFT logo

Team LIFT

Laker Integrated Fabrication Technology
LSSU FANUC robotics flowline – electrical & computer
Customer: Lake Superior State University
Sponsor: Applied Manufacturing Technology

Team MAC logo

Team MAC

Machining Automation and Controls
Prototype of a self-powered, remote-controlled Bermuda-style window shutter
Customer: Mactech

Team RVI logo

Team RVI

Robotic Vision Integration
Portable robotics cell
Customer: 4D Systems, LLC

Team SAGA logo

Team SAGA

Steering Alignment Guided Autonomously
Automation of Robot Alignment
Customer: Nexteer Automotive

Team 3S logo

Team 3S

Solar Shade Systems
Prototype of a self-powered, remote-controlled Bermuda-style window shutter
Customer: 3M

2014-15 projects

Senior Projects 2014-2015

Meet this year’s project teams:

Team presentation poster PDFs will be available during finals week.

Team ASE logo

Team ASE

Automated Simulation Engineering
Automated bin picking using RoboGuide software by FANUC
Customer: Hirotec America

May 1 Presentation: 2:30 pm in CAS 123
Demonstration to follow at 3 pm

Team LAPD logo

Team LAPD

Laser Aligning Pipe Devices
Wireless laser measuring
Customer: Mactech, Inc.

May 1 Presentation: 2:00 pm in CAS 123
Demonstration to follow at 2:30 pm

Team LSTE logo

Team LSTE

Lake Superior Test Equipment
Impact testing of gears
Customer: Bosch Automotive Steering

May 1 Presentation: 3:00 pm in CAS 123
Demonstration to follow at 3:30 pm


Team RED logo

Team RED

Robotics Educational Development
Educational Work Cell
Customer: QComp

May 1 Presentation: 1:30 pm in CAS 123
Demonstration to follow at 2:00 pm in CAS 122

2013-14 projects

Senior Projects 2013-2014

Meet this year’s project teams:

Team presentation posters are 48 x 36 inch PDFs

Team ABI logo

Team ABI

Automated Braking Innovations
Brake pedal testing system
ABI Final Presentation Poster PDF

Team A-VIS logo

Team A-VIS

Adexobot-Vision Integration Solution
Versatile robotics grocery bagging system
AVIS Final Presentation Poster PDF

Team LCS logo

Team LCS

Laser Control Solutions
Self-leveling mill head
LCS Final Presentation Poster PDF

Team LOCI logo

Team LOCI

Locomotive Onsite Communication Initiative
Loci automation
LOCI Final Presentation Poster PDF

Team MRC logo

Team MRC

Marine Refueling Concepts
Liquefied natural gas bunkering barge
MRC Final Presentation Poster PDF

Team RAS logo

Team RAS

Railway Automation Solutions
Robotics fluid dispensing with machine vision
RAS Final Presentation Poster PDF

Team SFI logo

Team SFI

Solar Film Innovations
Window-based photovoltaic systems
SFI Final Presentation Poster PDF

Allen Bradley logo

Brian Horn

Lake Superior State University – Directed Senior Project
Part Checker Lab Update
Final Presentation Poster PDF

Senior Project brochures by year

Brochure PDFs from past projects are available for download:

Sponsoring a Senior Project

There are many benefits of sponsoring a Senior Project at LSSU. These include:

  • Working closely with potential future employees
  • Supporting and helping guide engineering education at LSSU
  • Obtaining different perspectives on projects from students and their faculty advisors
  • Gaining increased visibility for your company

To sponsor a project, complete the 2017-18 Project Proposal Form (PDF or Word) and then email it to Dr. Paul Weber. If you have any questions about the form or Senior Projects in general, he can be contacted via email or via phone at 906-635-2031.

2017 Spring Senior Projects Presentation Schedule

The Class of 2016-17 will present their final projects on Friday, April 28, 2017. Please watch for any notes posted throughtout the building.

  • 1 pm:
    Presentation by Team LSA in CAS 212
  • 1:30 pm:
    Presentation by Team CAS in CAS 212
    Demonstration by Team LSA in CAS 120
  • 2 pm:
    Presentation by Team C.V.S. in CAS 212
    Demonstration by Team CAS in CAS 125
  • 2:30 pm:
    Presentation by Team WIS in CAS 212
    Demonstration by Team C.V.S. in CAS
  • 3 pm:
    Presenation by Team ACE in CAS 212
    Demonstration by Team WSI in CAS 120
  • 3:30pm:
    Presentation by Teams SRC & SRD in CAS 212
    Demonstration by Team ACE in CAS 125
  • 4:15 pm:
    Demonstration by Teams SRC & SRD in CAS 120

Senior Project  Videos

Kuka Robotics Project — Teams ACE & CAS 2016-17

Automated Inspection of Automotive Rims — Team WIS 2016-17

Social Media

Ever wonder what your fellow students are up to during the summer?

Here is an update we received from Kerry Pierce. Kerry is a Computer Engineering student from Northville, Michigan. She's going into her senior year, Kerry will be having fun in senior projects this year!

"I started out the summer doing a lot of travelling throughout the "tourist traps" of Michigan, from a trip to Mackinac Island to an adventure in Presque Isle at a friend's cottage. Been to a lot of lighthouses, including the nearby Whitefish Point and Point Iroquois stations. Just last week, I also decided to start my life as a real-life "superhero" called Intrepid, and I've been doing a whole lot of volunteer work since. I've gone out picking up litter on the city streets in full costume, assisted a gentleman with his computer, and helped a woman move into her new house. I'll be attending a superhero pancake breakfast at the end of August to support the Diane Peppler Center and to inspire the children of the community. My caped escapades have only just begun, as I have year round plans on how to help our campus, our city and its residents!"

How cool is she?! Enjoy the last of the summer, I hope you're having as much fun as Kerry is!!
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