Six Lake Superior State University engineering students were recognized this past year at two competitions held at professional conferences when it presented “Mobile Robotics Workcell — Using Robotics to Lure Young Minds to Manufacturing Engineering.”
Under the direction of Prof. Jim Devaprasad, the senior project team Automated Promotional Engineering Systems (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 engineering departments.”
Team member Kate Kuuskman, mechanical engineering, from Sault, Ont., and Leith Nader, also mechanical engineering, from Milford, Mich. (now an applications engineer with Kawasaki Robotics in Wixom, Mich.), presented a paper on the project that received honorable mention at the Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies Convention in Atlanta, Ga., last fall. LSSU was one of five universities invited to make presentations, along with Cornell, Michigan Tech, U.S. Air Force Academy and University of Puerto Rico. Fellow teammate and alumnus Brad Bertels of Ironwood, Mich. (now working for RoboTek in Brighton, Mich.) presented the project at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Conference of Manufacturing Science and Engineering in Ypsilanti, Mich. Again, LSSU was one of only five finalists invited to participate and present a technical paper. The project took second place in the ASME Student Design Competition behind University of Florida — Gainesville, and ahead of University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Hampshire.
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