Lake Superior State University engineering students (from left) Jon Kelsey, Paul Fedirko, and Chris Maurer explore a hypothetical four-robot work cell designed to arc-weld an automobile exhaust system, on Feb. 20 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The senior project team is working with industrial client HIROTEC AMERICA, located in Auburn Hills, Mich., to create company-specific user procedures for ROBOGUIDE, a state-of-the-art design and visualization software used in the robotics industry.
Team Automated Simulation Engineering (ASE) is also designing a multipurpose robot hand for HIROTEC AMERICA. The project taps LSSU alum Justin Hester, who is HIROTEC AMERICA’s R&D lead for the partnership. Recent LSSU School of Engineering-industry partnership projects include prototyping a radar system for all-weather proximity warning between railcars, and a barge system capable of transporting liquid natural gas on the Great Lakes. All LSSU engineering students must work on a senior project team before they graduate. Kelsey, from Byron, Mich., is studying manufacturing engineering technology. Fedirko, from Linden, Mich., is finishing a baccalaureate in electrical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering major Maurer hails from Midland, Mich. Not pictured are ASE team members Shell Stacey (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Miccah Szucs (Muskegon, Mich.). LSSU robotics professor Jim Devaprasad is the project advisor. Run a Web search on “discover LSSU” to learn more about all areas of study at Lake State.