Interesting article; click here.
Posted at the request of Dr. Olivier, ECE Department Chair.
Interesting article; click here.
Posted at the request of Dr. Olivier, ECE Department Chair.
Dr. Lisa Anneberg recommends this article about a viral video inspiring girls to become engineers.
Scholarships have been awarded to seven students at Lawrence Technological University and five at Monroe County Community College (MCCC) under a scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to address the need for more engineers for the power industry.
The five MCCC scholarship recipients are expected to enroll at Lawrence Tech within the next year.
As a result, the full five-year grant of $598,000 for the Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program has been approved based on the results during the first year under the leadership of Assistant Professor Kun Hua of the Department of Electric and Computer Engineering.
Thanks to the NSF grant, Lawrence Tech is offering $10,000 scholarships for two years to community college graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a power engineering concentration. Community college students working on their associate degree in this area also qualify.
Responding to an impending national shortage of power engineers needed for the nation’s electricity production plants and distribution system, last year NSF awarded LTU the five-year grant to provide scholarship assistance to students in this field.
Power engineers develop, maintain, and modernize “the Grid,” the vast network of transformers, generators, motors and electronics that supply electrical power.
“Electricity generation is one industry you can’t outsource, and there is a shortage of power engineers in this country that could become acute in the next few years as many engineers in this field retire,” said Professor Phil Olivier, chair of LTU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The job prospects of new power engineers are excellent.”
LTU’s S-STEM scholarship recipients gain additional knowledge about the power industry from outside speakers, field trips and participation in professional organizations. Internships and job placement are also part of the scholarship program.
“LTU is leveraging its network of local and regional partnerships to aid in the recruitment, retention, and job placement of the S-STEM scholars,” said Hua, the S-STEM advisor.
One of those partners is DTE Energy, which has a specific need to hire more nuclear engineers for its Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station near Monroe. DTE Energy worked with Monroe County Community College in developing the associate degree in nuclear engineering technology, and graduates of that program are eligible for the scholarship program to continue their studies at LTU.
The S-STEM scholars program was put together with help from Olivier and Associate Professor Lisa Anneberg of the Department of Electrical and Computer engineering; Dee King, interim director of financial aid; Lisa Kujawa, assistant provost for enrollment management; Admissions Director Jane Rohrback; and others. This program has also been strongly supported by all other professors of the ECE department, Dr. Richard Johnston, Dr. Lewis Walker, Dr. Nabih Jaber, Dr. Michael Cloud, Dr. Umasankar Kandaswamy, and Professor Ronald Foster.
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Special congratulations to ECE students Marc Basta, Julianne Krawciw, and Matthew Newton !
(Article from Fox Business, link posted at request of ECE Department Chair.)
(Posted at the request of Amanda Bretti, LTU Career Services.)
Jervis B. Webb is coming on campus Monday, April 8th to interview students in several engineering disciplines. They are hiring for full time and internship/co-op
(Posted at request of Jennifer Cunningham.)
Next Energy is accepting resumes from EE and ET majors for two positions: Electrical Engineer (entry level) and Senior Electrical Engineer (experienced). Interested students and alumni can apply on CareerQuest and can search in “Jobs and Internships”. The deadline is March 20 and interviews on campus will be scheduled for the week of March 25. The job descriptions are here and here.
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Text supplied by Dr H Doura from an article at scoop.chrysler.com.
Chrysler Group LLC Technical Fellow Hussein Dourra has been named winner of the Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation for 2012.
The Society of Automotive Engineers issues the award to recognize a member whose lifetime accomplishments are deemed to be original, innovative and significant.
“Hussein exemplifies the drive and passion we seek to instill in our engineers,” Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, said. “We are extremely proud of his accomplishments and deeply grateful for the contributions he has made to the company and our industry.”
Dourra joined the company in 1982 and currently leads the advanced powertrain controls team. He holds 22 U.S. patents and five international patents and helped pioneer the industry’s first electronic transmission controls.
Dourra was the first beneficiary of the company’s Technical Fellow program, earning the title in 2007. Technical Fellow is a title reserved for recognized industry experts.
In 2008, he shared the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award. Dourra won for his work on an algorithm that enables precise control of multiple shift elements.
The breakthrough sparked the evolution of a six-speed automatic transmission that generated cost-savings of an estimated $360 million. The company also became the first North American auto maker to introduce a six-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive applications.
The Chrysler Group remains an industry leader in advanced automatic transmission development. The company was the first and remains the only North American auto maker to produce vehicles with eight-speed automatic transmissions.
Chrysler Group also is on track this year to launch the world’s first vehicle equipped with a nine-speed automatic.
Another of Dourra’s patents that saw production is an algorithm that helps monitor critical operational parameters such a clutch temperature. It is used in the award-winning Ram 1500 pickup.
The Edward N. Cole Award judges had a challenging task because many accomplished engineers were nominated, award committee chairman Jim Grady said.
Judges consider criteria such as the originality of an engineer’s work and impact it has had on the industry.
“Our committee was especially impressed by the number of Hussein Dourra’s ideas that made it through to vehicle production,” Grady said. “This is why we made our call.”
Dourra is a graduate of Wayne State University, where he earned a Ph.D in engineering and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering, and business administration. He also has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University where he also serves as a guest instructor for graduate-level studies.
The Edward N. Cole Award honors the memory of the former General Motors Corp. president and CEO who sought to inspire engineers and enhance the profession’s reputation.
Dourra will receive his prize during the SAE 2013 World Congress, April 16-18, in Detroit. The Chrysler Group is the host company of this year’s event.
Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne will deliver the keynote address. Mircea Gradu, Vice President-Powertrain, Transmission and Driveline Engineering, is event chairman.
Dr Jaber’s smartgrid students received a presentation from Mr Clifford Grimm. Grimm works with DTE Energy in Load Research. He is also Chairman of the Demand Response Working Group at the Midwest ISO (MISO), and a member of Michigan Smart Grid Collaborative Steering Committee.
The talk emphasized the importance of knowing the quantity and timing of customer electricity usage.
“We were fortunate to have Mr Grimm as our speaker,” said Jaber. “My students and I enjoyed every part of it because it was informative as well as engaging. The topic, ‘Load Research – The Measurement of Customer Energy Usage,’ was much appreciated.”
One of Jaber’s students expressed gratitude in an email: “Thank you for the great opportunity today. It was great and informative and not every professor would go the extra mile. I really do appreciate it.”
The degree will be presented during a convocation on Friday, March 8, at 9 a.m in the Marburger Auditorium. The program will include an address by Mr. Ballmer. For more information, call University Marketing and Public Affairs at (248) 204-2200.
The Smart Grid Collaborative meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20th from 1:00 until 3:30 in the Forum Room at the Library of Michigan in downtown Lansing. Dr. Nabih Jaber will be giving a presentation titled “Ideas and benefits of education and collaboration for more efficient smart grid communications”. For a brief synopsis, click here.
Dr Umasankar Kandaswamy and colleagues from Washington University St Louis have had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods. The paper, entitled “Automated condition-invariable neurite segmentation and synapse classification using textural analysis-based machine-learning algorithms”, describes a fully automated machine-learning approach to high-resolution live-cell imaging studies. The present lack of such tools, which can handle varying image acquisition conditions, represents a challenge in biomedical image analysis (which must otherwise be performed manually by physicians, at great cost). The new algorithm is shown to be accurate and to maintain its performance levels under a wide range of image acquisition conditions. Congratulations to Dr Kandaswamy on an interesting and significant publication!
From Brian Podczervinski:
Attention HKN Members! The end of the semester Shields Pizza Gathering is Friday Dec-21 at 5:00 pm. We would like to thank SEL for making this happen year after year!
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Larry Lawson (BSEE’80) has been inducted into the LTU Engineering Hall of Fame. Full article here.
Dr Robert Adams, P.E., of Serapid Inc sent us the following information:
Serapid, Inc is looking for a graduating, or recently graduated, electrical engineer. We are a small but global company. We have offices in Sterling Heights MI, France, England, Germany, and Italy. I am the Engineering Manager in the US.
Serapid specializes in manufacturing automation systems based on a Rigid-Chain technology. This technology is used to lift or transfer physically large or massive loads. Our systems are found in theaters, cruise ships, stamping plants, nuclear fuel processing, and automotive plants all over the world.
Our system can be found in kinetic architectures in theaters, raising and lowering the stage, orchestra pit, or even the entire audience. In one application, an entire bar with bartenders and patrons is raised and lowered. We move die carts and change dies in stamping presses. We lift and move automobiles in assembly plants. We raise concealed weapons and observations systems on the battlefield.
The opening is an entry level position. The engineer would start by “pulling wires”, learning through experience how systems are built. They would learn to program the systems. They would learn to do the electrical design on largely PLC based systems. Though we are presently PLC based in systems control, we are currently developing remote control systems at the board level.
We have a good benefits package with an education reimbursement program. I’d like someone who is thinking about getting a master’s degree. I would highly encourage the process of becoming a licensed professional engineer.
If interested, please contact Dr Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Nabih Jaber has written an article to help lab instructors improve their teaching performance and offer students the best possible experiences in lab.
Introductory paragraph from the article:
Engaging students in a lab-based learning environment that is both safe and helps students understand the material is an important component of the responsibilities of instructors and Graduate/Teaching Assistants (GAs/TAs) in engineering. This article is designed to help new and experienced instructors/GAs/TAs who are teaching in labs to help their students get the most from their classes. Instructors/GAs/TAs will be referred as instructors from here on. Lab instructors are involved in many activities in their classes, including resource allocation, class preparation, grading student work, using specialized engineering equipment, software-based labs, and maintaining safety in the lab. Hence, this article will give the readers some tools to help them design lab-based lessons and facilitate discussions that engage their students in their own learning and help them to apply theoretical concepts to the practical laboratory setting.
The following major points are addressed:
The article is available as a docx file and can be accessed here: download-article.
Dr Michael Cloud has coauthored the second edition of Functional Analysis in Mechanics, a title in the Springer Monographs on Mathematics series. The first edition of the book, published by Springer in 2002, was written by Leonid P Lebedev (a mathematician and mechanicist at the National University of Colombia) and Iosif I Vorovich (deceased, formerly of Rostov State University, Russia, and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences). The new 316 page book offers a brief, practically complete, and relatively simple introduction to applied functional analysis. It should be of interest to researchers, graduate students, and practicing engineers.
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On a certain level, almost everyone is acquainted with the fact that self-blood-glucose measurement is an intrinsic and important part of a diabetic patient’s healthy life. However, only 17 million of us fully understand how heavily “living a near normal life” for a diabetic patient depends on “how effectively one can control and regulate” his or her blood glucose level. In other words, nearly 6% of the US population must self-measure the blood glucose level on a regular basis — in most cases several times a day — and adjust the insulin therapy accordingly (click here for further information on diabetes and its impact).
Since its introduction in 1970, the concept of self-measurement has grown from an obscure visual evaluation method requiring a large volume of blood (up to 25 microliters), to the use of fast and reliable electronic systems, referred to as blood glucose meters, that use electrochemical test strips to quantify blood glucose levels. Even though several types/brands of meters are commercially available for self-measurement — with options ranging from “smallest volume of blood needed” to “least amount of time taken” — no existing meter supports the option of interoperability. Simply put, if we buy a particular brand of test meter, we are forced to buy that brand’s test strips all the time. In most cases patients must endure an extensive period of trial and error before figuring out which meter/test strip combination is cost effective, easy to use, reliable, long lasting, and portable. To solve this problem, my students Kevin Mason (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering) and Zeran Gu (Mechanical Engineering) are working with me to develop a next generation smart blood glucose meter that is highly interoperable and convenient. In addition, the smart blood glucose meter is designed for compatibility with all types of mobile devices (e.g., iPad, iPhone, Android, Tablets).
The heart of the Smart Blood Glucose Meter is an electronic system called a transimpedance amplifier, which senses the electrochemical current (70 – 120 microamperes) produced by the glucose-induced reaction in a test strip and converts it to a readable voltage output (0 to 2.5V). Figure 1 shows a typical response of a transimpedance amplifier constructed in our LTU lab.
T1 instant (shown in Figure 1) is when the glucose is introduced at the test strip. After a so-called incubation period (the time period between T1 and T2), the output voltage of the amplifier starts to change in proportion to the rate at which gluconolactone (a resultant of the reaction between glucose and a mediator) is produced, thus relating the rate of change of the output voltage to the glucose concentration present in the test strip. Figure 2 shows the rate of change of the output voltage from the transimpedance amplifier for glucose concentrations ranging between 10 mg/dL to 400 mg/dL.
It can be observed that different glucose concentration levels produce output responses with distinct rise times, establishing a strong correlation between the glucose driven electrochemical reaction and the observable output voltage. Figure 3 shows the change in rise time (in seconds) for different values of glucose concentration and for three types of commercially available test strips: One-touch Ultra, Agamatrix, and Accu-Check. Experimental data shown in Figures 2 and 3 are average responses of three different sets of data collected by Kevin Mason during Spring and Summer 2012 using Electronic Explorer Kit and the Diligent-Waveforms software package.
Starting this Fall, students will be working on Phase II of the project. Phase II would involve finalizing the communication protocol (through which the transimpedance circuitry and mobile devices will communicate with each other), and developing an android/iPhone app through which the user will be able to access the device. Figure 4 shows the 3D rendering of the Smart Blood Glucose Meter designed by Natalie Haddad (student of College of Architecture, makeLab).
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This is our thirteenth Employer Spotlight feature. Thanks to Angie Boccaccio and Bob Tipple for answering our questions! Please visit www.taikisha-group.com for further information about TKS Industrial Company. To see a pdf version of this article, including some pictures, click here: 2012-0830 TKS profile for LTU
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? TKS Industrial Company is a world class designer and builder of Paint Finishing Systems and Pollution Abatement Systems for the automotive and related industries. We are dedicated to continually providing our customers with products and services of only the highest possible quality. TKS Industrial Company was incorporated in 1981 as a subsidiary of Taikisha LTD. TKS maintains a corporate office in Troy Michigan, a fabrication shop in Columbus Ohio, subsidiaries in Mexico City, Mexico, Ontario, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as many customer project sites throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? The technical skills and dedication of our engineers are directly linked to our ability to successfully complete complex projects for our customers. Our Engineers are typically involved in a project from the early proposal stage, into the design phase and all the way through the final construction to see concept engineering become applied reality.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? We believe that an integral part of our success is our excellent staff of engineers. Integrity is in the forefront of our every business endeavor. How we are perceived by our customers, suppliers and associates will determine our future. Our engineers work with a variety of internal partners as well external customers, both in the office and in the field. The ability to work well within a cross functional team and to adapt from the office environment to the field and back is key.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? As the manufacturing facilities of automakers age, TKS plays a vital role in designing and constructing new modern facilities as well as revitalizing existing facilities. We’re always looking for creative engineers to expand the application our technology outside the automotive industry as well!
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? You’re about to enter your professional life with a vast amount of knowledge. Find a company that will mentor you as you develop that knowledge into applied skills. Take the time to learn your new employer’s existing methodology and how your role affects other areas of the business, then offer your suggestions for improvements to benefit the company as a whole.
This is our twelfth Employer Spotlight feature. Thanks to Paul Dowson (Account Manager at RCO Engineering) for taking our questions. Please visit www.rcoeng.com for further information.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? RCO Engineering is a local Michigan product development, prototype, and low volume manufacturer supporting the automotive, aerospace, and defense industries.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? RCO employs a wealth of contract MSEE’s in the areas of Crash Avoidance Systems Engineering, Telematics, Infotainment, GPS Navigation, Onstar, Sync, Hybrid, High Voltage, Instrument cluster, HUD (Heads up Display), Color Display engineer, Audio, Switches, Chassis electronics (power assist shifter & presenter module), BCM’s, CAN – Campus Area Network, Controller Area; LAN – Local Area Network; WLAN – Wireless Local Area Network; WAN – Wide Area Network, Human machine interface, Functional safety engineer, Electronics DRE, Software strategist, Rear camera, Feature development, System level architecture, Power door latch systems, Energy storage systems, Battery systems, Steering electronics, Safety electronics, Suspension electronics, Write software requirements, WAVE (Wireless Access for the Vehicle Environment). Electrical Validation Engineering, Body Control Modules.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? RCO searches for entry-level to seasoned engineers ranging from no-required-experience to extensive experience within their specific discipline and commodity. Strong ability to communicate both written and verbally is preferred. Knowledge of vehicle (automotive or aerospace) configuration and packaging a plus.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? Proactive, able to anticipate, strong planning, time management, organized, prioritization, identify key players, manufacturing process knowledge/experience.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? Continued growth and innovation of vehicle electrical and software products, continued shortage of engineers and designers, slow economic growth, cautious spending.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Continued growth of web and e-based courses, lifetime training and development, never stop learning. Always take advantage of employer tuition plans; employers will be making the most of their current employee base, offering more cross training opportunities.
This is our eleventh Employer Spotlight feature. Thanks to Ms Adele Dombrowski for taking our questions. Visit the company website at www.foriauto.com for more information.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? Fori Automation is a global supplier of assembly, testing, and welding systems to the Automotive and Non-Automotive markets. Headquartered in Shelby Twp. Michigan, Fori Automation has facilities located in China, Korea, Germany, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Tennessee. Our global customer base includes the OEM and tier one suppliers to aerospace, automotive, military, agriculture, and alternative energy industries. Fori Automation is focused on satisfying our customer through highly engineered products and systems. Fori Automation’s ability to provide turnkey design and build systems with localized support has allowed Fori to grow with our globally expanding customer’s needs.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? Controls Engineer: Responsibilities typically involve engineering a well-defined section of a larger project or acting as a project engineer on a small project.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? Looking for people who want a long-term career in engineering. And also a Team Player.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? Experience or equivalent schooling.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? Hopefully more opportunities outside the automotive industry.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Learn as much as you can in school because it will be a great tool when entering the job force.
Welcome to our tenth Employer Spotlight feature. Many thanks to Cheryl Boland for answering our questions about Technology Resource Group. For further information about the company, go to www.techrg.com.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? We are an engineering recruiting firm primarily specializing in electrical and software engineering roles for Tier One automotive suppliers focused on vehicle electronics and powertrain development.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? The types of roles we fill include applications engineers, software and hardware development, embedded and controls development, testing and verification, etc., in the areas of powertrain, vehicle electronics, ECU development, vision systems, infotainment/telematics and hardware in the loop.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? In additional to standard technical aptitude we look for demonstrated problem-solving ability, team and leadership experience, or hands-on, real world experience. Entry-level engineers who have had previous internships or have participated in extra-curricular engineering activities or competitions such as Formula SAE, ECOcar, etc., are given priority.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? The ideal job applicant brings not only a sound technical base but also an enthusiasm and passion for automobiles.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? There is currently a very strong demand for software engineers in the automotive sector. This demand will continue to remain strong as vehicle technology advances and regulations (i.e., emissions standards) become more stringent.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Look for opportunities to go beyond academics to obtain experience and stand out against other applicants. For example, if you have a “hobby car” you enjoy working on, put that on your resume. We often have clients who ask us to find them, not only a highly-skilled electrical engineer, but one who loves cars. Having that information on your resume will put you at the top of the list.
Welcome to our ninth Employer Spotlight feature. Sincere thanks to Rick McDowell (Engineering Resource Manager) for answering our questions and supplying the picture at left. For additional information about the company, go to www.teamcomtech.com.
What does your company do? Comtech Group is a multidisciplinary consulting firm that provides professional services in engineering, project management, project controls, and project staff augmentation. We support demanding and complex projects with full lifecycle consulting services from concept through commissioning; our professional team possesses extensive experience in supporting and delivering successful projects for public and private sector clients in the following industries: Energy, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Mining, and Transportation.
How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? Comtech Group is an international company headquartered in Toronto and with its US office located in Troy, MI. Most of our local projects in Michigan and the US are automotive related, as we service most GM and Chrysler facilities. Our Toronto office is more geared towards municipal projects providing engineering and project management support for the GTA and surrounding provinces. We also support projects internationally, with team members working in Russia, China, and South America.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? Our teams provide solutions for our customers in the design, engineering, installation, and implementation of electrical controls, factory information systems, and facility networks. The systems operate/control their automation, processes, and tooling, and they also collect data for quality and inventory purposes. Typical responsibilities would include the following: Control Systems Architecture Design, Controls Software Specification Development, Hardware & Software Configuration, Engineering Design Review, Equipment Recommendations, and Contractor & Vendor Management. We currently have needs for entry and midlevel electrical controls engineers; these two opportunities would start out working at an automotive facility in Toledo for at least the next year to year-and-a-half. In both of these opportunities, the person will be programming PLCs, HMIs integrating new and existing tooling with the plant’s network.
We also have a need for two Project Managers with electrical controls experience. One position is located in Auburn Hills, MI, with occasional travel around Southeast MI, Northern OH, and IN. The other opportunity would be working onsite in Tonawanda, NY, for approximately one year. After that project is finished, they would move on to the next, which could be in the Detroit area or actually any location where our customers have manufacturing facilities. We try to work with our team as best as possible when it comes to travel; we rotate long-term travel assignments as much as our workload allows.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? A positive attitude and a willingness to learn are key traits that we look for with all employees. Willingness to travel, preferably domestic and international. Experience or knowledge of PLCs, preferably Allen Bradley or Siemens brands. Proficiency with AutoCAD. Understanding of networks/ethernet.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? In my opinion, the need for electrical controls engineers will continue to increase as our world continues to automate manufacturing processes. In the US, the only way we can complete with low international wages is to have high tech computer controlled equipment that builds things faster and at a higher quality level. All of this machinery is controlled by PLCs or PC-based control systems. As some of the international countries continue to advance, they will also be implementing advanced manufacturing equipment; this will further the demand for electrical and computer controlled expertise.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Adopt a strong work ethic, don’t procrastinate, arrive early and stay late, volunteer for tough assignments, learn to work with your project teammates and develop your people/personal skills. Take advantage of internships or co-ops, dive in and get your hands dirty; this experience is invaluable, and it will also expand your professional network.
This is our eighth Employer Spotlight feature. Many thanks to Peter Maurer (Director of Sales) for taking our questions. Visit www.galco.com for further information about the company.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? Galco Industrial Electronics is a multi-division electronics company providing sales of industrial control products, repair services including field service, and engineered systems. We fit into the local economy as a growing company who has added 25 new employees over the past months. Our clients include global manufacurers such as Eaton, Siemens, ABB, and Emerson (Control Techniques). We also sell and service locally and nationally manufactured industrial electronics including over 150 brands. We are the local sales organization for these manufacturers.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? Our Engineering staff design automation control systems, system upgrades, and CNC retrofit packages for our customers. They also provide hands-on start-up and commissioning for their projects. Opportunities include Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager, Engineering Manager.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? CAD, industry experience, hands-on experience. Knowledge of PLC and CNC programming.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? Has worked in the electronics industry for 5 years or more, working on or completed EE degree, communicates well.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? Dynamic changes happening around electrical power generation, alternate energy, industrial automation and control. I believe we do not know now what may be the new standard 5 years from now with regards to how we manage information.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Get what you want from your network – you know somebody that knows somebody that will get you to where you want to go.
This is our seventh Employer Spotlight. Thanks to Sanjay Guha for responding to our questions. Please visit www.pegasyssoft.com for more information.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? Pegasys is a software development and IT consulting company providing IT services to our clients around the globe.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? They gather, analyze, and interpret functional specifications and user requirements; design appropriate software solutions, including logical/physical database structures and entity-relationship diagramming; develop and code system features, including user interfaces and internet/intranet functionality; test and troubleshoot new and existing software systems; integrate new software and enhancements into existing systems.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? We look for dynamic individuals with analytical skills and readiness to adapt to new technologies and changing client and market requirements.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? A strong educational profile and a strong performance in the interview.
This is the sixth article in our Employer Spotlight series. Thanks to Markus Remm for responding to our questions! Be sure to visit www.jenoptik.us for more information on the company.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? We are building custom laser machines for the automotive and photovoltaic industry. Our laser systems are used by all of the big 3 as well as most major car manufacturers with production plants in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? Electrical and Software design is a key component of the machines’ flexibility. Engineers with a background in these fields are very important for the success of our company. Every modification on the machine will require additions to the PLC program or changes in the electrical drawings.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? Mechatronical and Electrical engineers are the most wanted engineers in our company in the moment. We are looking for colleagues with a view for detail, flexible work habits, and a passion for hands-on work.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? Willingness to travel, flexibility, additional knowledge in PLC and robotics.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? We are planning to increase our US presence to be able to build more machines here, service our customers even better, and open new opportunities. All this requires support from electrical and software engineering.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Show interest in all fields of engineering. Thinking outside the box opens new ways to solving a problem. Applying solutions from other problems to your problem guarantees a fast turnaround time. Don’t reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to. Always look at multiple approaches before you start a project.
This is the fifth in our Employer Spotlight series. Thanks to Davian Larente (Electrical / Software Engineering Manager, Marquardt Switches) for fielding our questions. For more information, go to www.switches.com.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? Automotive electronics. We operate in Germany, Romania, USA, China, and India. Engineers for one project routinely exist in one of the listed countries. We develop globally.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? Develop embedded systems for automotive products. Products involve mechanical, electrical, and software engineering. We use 8, 16 and 32 bit embedded controllers. Mechanical designs include Class-A surfaces and are fairly complex to develop in the typical 15 month development cycle.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? Outside the box thinking. Ability to understand complex interfaces (software to electrical, electrical to mechanical). Solid basic knowledge of the respective areas of expertise.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? Desire to learn and work in a global development environment.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? Continued growth with shorter development cycles and more attention to cost and quality.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? If you are a software major, learn electronics as secondary with mechanical design and production awareness. Too many software engineers struggle in automotive because they have no electrical theory background which prevents basic troubleshooting. If you are a electrical major, you cannot get by anymore without software experience in at least the C programming language with 8 Bit controllers. Know mechanical design and production awareness. If software and electrical is your major, put your hands on real components. Do not think you can learn electronics just using pspice, Matlab and a calculator. You must touch real parts and make real products to really see what can go wrong. You will stand out if you’re not learning on your first job. Know what CAN, LIN both on physical and software level if in the automotive industry. Take a leadership course, working global needs leaders at all levels. Understand the difference between a leader and a manager.
This is the fourth in our Employer Spotlight series. Thanks to Jamie Delemeester (College Recruiter at Compuware Corporation) for answering our questions! For more information, click on www.compuware.com.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? For nearly 40 years, Compuware has delivered software, experts, and best practices to make your applications work well and deliver business value. Our people and software ensure that critical technologies work like they should — all the time — for 7,100 customers around the globe. When technology performance really matters — and it matters now more than ever — organizations, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the 20 most visited U.S. web sites, turn to Compuware. Compuware is globally headquartered in Detroit, MI, where the majority of our employees work. However, we have offices throughout the United States and are in 74 countries globally.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? Compuware is a technology company; 80% of our organization is employees that are working in software development, QA, Delivery, Technical Sales, Strategy, etc. We have a strong career path within the organization to move into many different roles and have a varied career within one organization.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? We are typically looking for candidates with a strong technical backgrounds and passion for technology. They must love what they do, be flexible to learn new things and challenge themselves. We are also looking for someone that is secure in their opinions and abilities, can be heard in a group, and a great team player.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? The ideal candidate would have a proven passion for technology; whether they have developed applications in their spare time, or joined groups/associations to continue learning outside of the class. They may have possibly done an internship or two. They need to be confident and sure of themselves.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? In industry today new technologies are offering incredible potential for our customers: revenue growth, improved customer satisfaction, and stronger brand image. However, these innovations can also make technology environments more complex. To reach its full potential, technology must be easy to use. And it must perform – this is core to our company and because of this we are seeing break out growth.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Get involved. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
This is the third in our Employer Spotlight series. Thanks to Mr Diego Calvo for answering our questions. For more information, check www.futuretechnologies.com.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? Future Technologies was founded almost 25 years ago to provide engineered solutions for production testing, automation, and welding applications. Guiding principles which are core to our business philosophy include (1) providing the highest value possible to our customers, (2) focusing upon simplicity and robustness of design, (3) maintaining a world class service reputation “after the sale”, and (4) attention to our own financial strength and stability. Our core capability is the design and build of Leak Testing Automation, primarily for the Automotive and Air Conditioning Industries. We have commissioned innovative machine tool solutions in USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? Future Technologies relies on electrical engineers to design programmable control (PLC) based machines. The electrical engineers are in charge of electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic circuit design. They also are in charge of writing PLC logic and network communication code.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? Our personnel are self motivated and work with minor supervision. Responsibilities include automation controls design, pneumatic design, selection and specification of components, operator interface panel design, software, programming, safety elements, network communications, debugging of machines, writing of technical reports, and acting as a technical liaison with the customer. Strong math, programming, technical writing, and public relations skills are a must. Must be familiar with Allen Bradley, Siemens, GE, Omron, etc. PLC’s. Candidate must also be familiar with industrial communication protocols (i.e., GM’s FlexNet, Ethernet, Devicenet, Profibus, etc.) and proficiency in AutoCad is required. Successful candidate will also be skillful in interpreting and following industry and customer specifications.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? Solutions and profit.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? Increased competition from overseas, requiring dedicated work and innovative approaches.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Get some real-world hands-on experience.
This is the second in our Employer Spotlight series. Thanks to Donna M. Melonio (Director, Administrative Services) for answering our questions and providing the accompanying picture, which shows DHTE’s last prototype truck, a 400 ton ultra-class haul truck, used in open pit mining situations. For more information, go to www.dhtellc.com.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? We are a design and engineering firm, specializing in mining equipment and off-highway vehicles for sale on a global scale. We try to hire local talent, bringing high-tech jobs to the Novi and surrounding area. We promote using local businesses whenever possible. We have a sales office in Gillette Wyoming. Our vehicles are generally manufactured in China at this time, for use throughout Asia. Some will eventually be shipped to North America.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? Electrical and computer engineers play a key role in all of our vehicles. Some of our vehicles are electromechanical drive systems. Every vehicle has a multitude of electrical connections, wiring, harnessing, etc to control and monitor every system of the vehicle. Our programmers are responsible for devising displays to alert drivers of real-time situations. We also have radio and GPS tracking in the vehicles for fleet management. Service and maintenance records need to be maintained electronically. The role of the electrical engineer and programmer will continue to be a valuable and high-demand job for employees with the right skill set.
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? Solid drawing, modeling, and analytical skills are the most desired abilities to have. Being able to “think outside the box” and improvise and design new and efficient methods of communication between systems. Good communication skills are essential — both written and spoken. Thorough knowledge of business system software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint are essential for communicating on a daily basis. An ability and willingness to learn new software as it becomes available, and a willingness to work in a team environment with lots of hands-on experience or excitement about being a part of a team doing something new. We develop and test prototypes; if that’s not exciting to you, you’re not the candidate we’re looking for.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? We are a niche industry; our vehicles sell for millions of dollars, to mines and off-highway construction companies. While the field will not grow significantly, the need to produce more efficient, high-tech, cost-effective equipment will continue to be the highest priority in the future. Reducing service and maintenance work by producing better running vehicles.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career or preparation for professional life in general)? Learn a little about everything; we are a small company of 20-35 employees and need people who fit into more than one slot. The ability to move gracefully between different design teams (electrical, mechanical, hydraulics) is a huge plus. Communication skills and a team attitude are key criteria to being hired by DHTE. Knowing how to perform a job is not enough; being able to explain what needs to be done — through drawings, graphs, documents and presentations, is essential. Good office/business skills; responding to emails promptly, answering the phone politely and returning messages, dressing appropriately each day, are part of the total package, that sometimes new hires are unaware of.
This is the first in a series of articles highlighting firms that employ electrical or computer engineers. Each article will take a question-and-answer format. This time, our questions were answered by Brad Rowe (Business Leader, Human Resources, Senior Associate at SSOE). Many thanks to Mr Rowe for providing informative responses. For more information about the SSOE Group, visit the corporate website at www.ssoe.com.
What does your company do? How does it fit into the local, national, or global economy? SSOE is a multi-national EPCM firm. We provide a wide range of architectural and engineering design services, as well as project management, procurement and construction management services. SSOE has 26 global office locations with 1000 global employees. Headquartered in Toledo, OH, SSOE also has offices in Troy, Midland, and Portage, MI. Internationally, SSOE has three offices in China, one office in India, and offices in Brazil and Canada.
Describe the roles that electrical and/or computer engineers play in the company. What kinds of opportunities do they currently have? We employ electrical engineers in three primary areas: facilities power distribution and lighting design, process and machine controls (PLC), and instrumentation and controls (I&C).
Which traits, skills, and abilities do you look for in an engineer? Being a professional services firm, not only are we looking for the sound engineering core background, but we are also looking for individuals who possess strong communication AND customer focus skills. We are also looking for people who want to work on projects internationally.
What would an ideal job applicant bring to the table? A strong engineering background, up-to-date 3D CAD experience, project management skills, and an understanding of projects from the design concept stage through construction.
What does your crystal ball indicate about the future of your industry — any expectations, predictions, projections, or exciting possibilities? We feel positive about our industry. We are very diverse in our client base so we are able to balance dips in certain markets. Focusing on international growth provides the opportunity for our employees to work in a truly global environment. By the year 2020 we see ourselves being closer to 1700 global employees so we are consistently looking for top talent in the industry.
Any words of advice for engineering students (about school, career, or preparation for professional life in general)? Take advantage of co-op opportunities. Over 90% of our entry level positions are filled with co-ops we hire directly after graduation.
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Editor’s Note: LTU electrical engineering alumnus Brian Shell is an engineer, author, artist, and musician. His personal websites include www.PassionHero.com and www.VIPGQ.com. His author page at Amazon.com is https://www.amazon.com/author/brianshell.
One: After graduating from Lawrence Tech in 1990 and getting an MSEE at The University of Michigan, I was hired by Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles analyzing and designing satellite antennas… which is where I came to believe that an hourly wage doesn’t compare to getting some kind of percentage of the products you produce. Create something that goes viral and get a cut. It’s why I turned into an author and a musician.
Two: There’s one immortal rule I’ve often had to re-learn the hard way. It is that “the middle man always gets his cut.” Plan on it. It’s just the way the world works, and the more you prepare for it, the happier people will be around you. As my Lawrence Tech economics professor told me: “Bulls can win. Bears can win. But pigs always lose.”
Three: It’s only the conductor at the helm who can keep a train from coming down the tracks. If you stop believing something can be done or stop trying to do it, all momentum stops. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. As one writer told me, dare to suck.
Four: A Los Angeles Hollywood agent said the following: “If you have a Plan B… do that instead.” It’s the essence of having one foot in and one foot out. Luke warm efforts produce tepid results. If you try to row too many oars at once, you row yourself in a circle. Sometimes, reaching a destination requires sticking with one thing and making some sort of daily progress to see it manifest. Tavis Smiley says, “Fail Upwards.”
Five: The only truly happy people I know are those who are creative on a daily basis.
Six: Never let your life become a cul-de-sac. Never ask “what if?” No regrets – ever!
Seven: Always go for win-win relationships in everything you do. Karma does exist.
Eight: Until you succeed, everyone will think you’re crazy. Afterwards, they’ll say, “Oh, I knew you’d make it all along,” and they’ll usually want something from you too.
Nine: Once an engineer… always an engineer. One of the best things engineering teaches is to dot every I and cross every T. It’s a determined stick-to-it-ive-ness that often leads to the best achievements because you were too stubborn or stupid to know that you should have given up. Once you learn “the Trick” to it, it then becomes easy.
Ten: Hope, confidence, belief, and insanity can’t be measured with any scientific instrument, but people intuitively know when they exist in abundance… so smile!
Dr Michael Cloud has cowritten a new text entitled Advanced Engineering Analysis: The Calculus of Variations and Functional Analysis with Applications in Mechanics. The book, published by World Scientific Publishing Company in March 2012, was produced in conjunction with Leonid P Lebedev (a mathematician at the National University of Colombia) and Victor A Eremeyev (a mechanicist with Otto von Guericke University, Germany, and South Federal University, Russia). The book’s preface states that “The present text offers rigorous insight and will enable an engineer to communicate effectively with the mathematicians who develop models and methods for machine computation. It should prove useful to those who wish to employ modern mathematical methods with some depth of understanding.”
Look out electrical and computer engineering job candidates, employers are hunting for you! Over the past 12 months Lawrence Tech students and graduates have been aggressively sought out for opportunities ranging from internships to full time experienced positions. The current inventory of job postings on CareerQuest, the interactive job database for Lawrence Technological University students and alumni features 336 active postings. A large portion ( almost 60%) are seeking electrical engineering and/or computer engineering expertise.
As the automotive industry rebounds, talent from colleges and universities are a prime source of recruitment. In addition to the direct hiring opportunities at each of the automotive manufacturers, Tier 1 and 2 companies are restocking as well. Companies such as Calsonic-Kensi, I-Cubed, Sanyo, Linamar/McLaren Performance Technologies, Continental Automotive Industries, Inteva Products are actively recruiting new graduates as well as reinvigorating their internship/co-op programs.
It is a great time to be involved in the automotive industry and be on the cutting edge of new and exciting projects. Companies are rethinking their entire approach to the engineering process and opportunities to research and develop new technologies and processes have never been greater. Current college students and recent graduates are seen as a pipeline to new and innovative ways of creating and integrating technology resources. As the baby boomer population edges up to retirement, new talent is needed to replace retiring employees and invigorate their workplaces. It’s not your parent’s job market any longer!
While the primary industry in Michigan is the automotive industry, an interesting phenomenon is playing out as many companies who have survived through the rough patch of the past few years stayed alive by diversifying their markets. So, in addition to the automotive market, many of the same companies who relied specifically on the automotive industry business in the past are now involved in other industry projects and are seeking candidates with diverse interests in other industry projects.
Employers are utilizing numerous modalities to reach and recruit new talent. In addition to posting positions on university career services websites, recruiters are actively attending engineering related seminars and networking events with the hopes of meeting and potential candidates for their open opportunities. Participation at career fairs are at an all time high. In fact, at the Fall 2011 Tech X 2 Career Fair for Lawrence Technological University and Oakland University, 90 employers participated with another 10 employers who were turned away due to lack of space. The Oakland Job Hub career fair, held in February of 2012 attracted 81 employers who were actively recruiting for open positions. Again a high percentage of the interest was for engineering talent. Alumni are being asked to contact their colleges and connect with current candidates to talk about their jobs and their companies.
Students and potential graduates need to be ready however to respond quickly and effectively to opportunities. Resumes need to be updated and polished to present the best possible picture of talents, technology expertise and current knowledge and skills. Students need to be prepared to sell themselves on the spot, so understanding and being able to articulate the unique and personal strengths and attributes is a critical skill. In addition, understanding how to research and identify the opportunities that make them a good “fit” for the opportunity is what makes the difference between looking and buying what you are selling.
The Office of Career Services has the expertise, the resources and the motivation to help students and alumni. Our Career opportunities can be accessed by clicking the Q on the student page of our career website: http://www.ltu.edu/career_services/students.asp. To maximize the results, students are encouraged to set up an appointment with a career advisor or participate in resume critique drop in sessions that are held throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.
While finding an internship/ co-op or career position does take a lot of hard work, students who work smart as well as hard are likely to yield the best results.
For nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes, using a glucose meter to check their blood sugar levels – often several times a day – is as routine as brushing their teeth or taking a shower. Monitoring and tracking these levels and compiling the patient’s history are critical to the proper control of diabetes, but the glucose tests are intrusive and cumbersome. Up until now there has been no direct connection with physicians or other health-care professionals.
InteractiveMD, a “telehealth” company based in Boca Raton, Fla., wants to take this medical technology to the next level by developing a “smart” glucose monitor that can be plugged into virtually any mobile communication device to acquire, display, and transmit blood glucose levels.
A Lawrence Tech student team led by Umasankar Kandaswamy, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working with InteractiveMD to develop a working prototype. Launched in early February, the project’s first phase is slated for completion by early April.
“The future of diagnostic medicine hugely depends on reliable and simple devices that are both interoperable and interactive,” Kandaswamy said. “What we are trying to achieve is a device that provides maximum comfort and ease of use.”
The glucose meter is a solar-powered device, which means the user never has to worry about replacing its battery. Furthermore, because it uses an audio port to communicate with the smart phone, the user doesn’t need any special cord or base station to connect to a smart phone or tablet.
“One of the main missions of our various companies is to bring health-care access to the point where most people can get connected using a mobile device, such as an iPod, iPad, or any type of smart phone,” said Jesse Kessler, CEO of InteractiveM (www.interactivemd.com).
“The goal is to have a mobile diabetes application that can not only take tests throughout the day intermittently but can also store that data on a website to give the users and their physicians access to it,” he said. “This is taking it to a new level.”
The Lawrence Tech prototype is unique in that the monitor is small and easy to use, yet extraordinarily rich in features due to the marriage with a smart mobile device. Using the smart phone app, consumers will be able to choose options to track their activity, see how their day-to-day activity impacts their blood glucose level, and share the data with a medical professional. Consumers can also keep a log of their daily meals, workouts, and other activities.
“These details become very useful for getting the proper care from physicians,” Kandaswamy said. “Traditional diagnostic devices will give the user just one piece of information, but when we tie the diagnostic technology to the user’s smart phone, we get the whole enchilada.”
Dr. Kandaswamy is looking for someone who can do app development for Android or iPhone for the “Smart Blood Glucose Meter” project. The pay is between $8-9 per hour for a five to six week period. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Kandaswamy (email@example.com) with your resume.
Article by Dr Kun Hua
The Wireless Communication Lab is now available for undergraduate senior projects and graduate class projects involving Software Defined Radio.
I am using seed grant funding to develop an adaptive and robust software radio communication system with my undergraduate and graduate students. The aim is to generate an automotive embedded system to scan commercial radio stations and automatically select a station that is currently playing music, sports, a talk show, weather information, etc. This would allow users to skip commercials and listen to preferred content continuously without having to manually scan for stations. The system is designed to perform real time analysis of an audio stream through pattern recognition, data mining, nonlinear optimization, signal processing, and embedded techniques. Features and more advanced adaptation algorithms can be implemented at a later stage. In the future, with just one click, you will be able to listen to all live local games — Red Wings, Lions, Pistons, Wolverines, Spartans — whether you are driving along the coast of California or skiing in rural Colorado.
My name is Ryan Meganck. I began my career at Lawrence Tech in fall 2008 and am a dual major in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. On campus, I have been involved as the president of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), for the past two years. I have also worked as a First Year Mentor and have been elected to officer positions in the University Honor Society as well as Tau Beta Pi. I was recently accepted to Stanford University and will be pursuing a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering beginning Fall 2012.
Outside of the classroom, I have been a competitive tennis player nearly my whole life. I also enjoy golf, cycling, disc golf, and just about anything outdoors. I currently hold an engineering internship designing LED commercial lighting for ilumisys, a subsidiary of Altair Engineering in Troy, Michigan.
My experiences with Lawrence Tech over the past four years have been very positive. The small class sizes and direct engagement with the professors have helped me more effectively learn and retain the course material. The professors have been very approachable and willing to help with questions both related to and beyond the classroom.
Article by Dr Lisa Anneberg
The annual Meet The Dean event was held on February 25, 2012. It was aimed at potential LTU students and their parents. Many faculty, program directors, and current students were on hand to answer questions, give tours, and give a special presentation. Room S100 was filled to capacity for the informational presentations on the ten engineering programs at LTU. Parents especially took the time to obtain additional information about the programs that Lawrence Tech offers and get an in-depth knowledge of the technologically advanced opportunities that are in your future at LTU. Everyone experienced the LTU campus and got to know our faculty and staff throughout the day’s festivities.
The keynote speaker was David W Wright, a healthcare industry pioneer and LTU alumnus.
The student senior projects featured included the very successful 2011 Hybrid Formula SAE competition team [they came in 11th!], the omni-directional wheelchair gyroscope based non-joystick transportation project, and the SAE Baja competition team.
My name is (“Prof.”) Ben Sweet. My primary professional experience is in software engineering for real-time embedded applications, mainly for automotive products. (We make the little “smart” boxes under the hood, behind the dashboard and door panels, and under the seats of your cars. If we do our jobs right you never know that they are there!)
I presently work at Autoliv Electronics in Southfield, Michigan. My title is Senior Algorithm Engineer. In this role, I work on a team that implements and integrates radar safety features, such as “Blind Spot Monitoring” and “Rear Cross Path Traffic Detection.” I am also involved in an organizational team to define a corporate standard and process for defining System Architectural Design.
Throughout my career as a practicing software engineer I have been involved in all aspects of the software/product development life-cycle in some way (some aspects more than others.) I have also held “management” roles (although I MUCH prefer the “engineering” roles!)
In the evening I am an adjunct instructor at LTU. I have been teaching here since 1994 – just over eighteen years at this writing. I teach primarily for the departments of Electrical Engineering (ECE), and Math & Computer Science (MCS.) I also advise Senior Project Teams, and offer specific guidance with respect to the software development aspects of projects that contain microcontrollers. (Do NOT just “code it up!” I would much rather offer guidance at the beginning of a project than watch a team flounder in endless “debugging” as the final project presentation approaches.) In addition, I serve as the LTU IEEE Student Branch Mentor. I have also developed and given seminars under my LLC, TEKNOWLEDGE.
I feel VERY strongly about the need to enhance (and perhaps even “re-architect” to some extent) the “Embedded” related courses (i.e.: the content of the various courses, their expected outcomes, and how they integrate together.) However I cannot do it alone. I would be interested in working with a team (perhaps consisting of both faculty and students – and perhaps from various colleges and departments) to address this very challenging prospect. Given the rate of change of the related technologies and the associated development tools, we cannot sit still without actually falling behind. In order to keep up with the pace of technology, the needs of the companies that hire our graduates, and with the programs provided by the competing educational institutions, we need to address this important (and perhaps somewhat invisible) area of technology. I am looking for the right team, opportunity, and impetus.
My education includes a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Master’s from Wayne State University in Electrical and Computer Control Systems. I consider myself a perpetual student; one that really likes “show and tell.” I am constantly trying to learn and apply new ideas, techniques, and technologies; I always learn a great deal from my students. (Note that “Electronics” and “Software” are rapidly evolving fields, so ALL practitioners must engage in “lifelong learning” to remain relevant; we are NEVER “done” with school!)
I am proud to say that three of my four children are presently attending LTU. (So if I am seen embracing a student in the hallway, it may not be that scandalous!) They are making their own individual and unique impressions in the LTU fabric.
I hope that our students enjoy their learning experiences here at LTU as much as have enjoyed teaching them.
Dr Michael Cloud has published a paper entitled Automatic Error Analysis Using Intervals in the February 2012 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Education. The paper, co-written with Dr Edward Rothwell of Michigan State University, describes how a relatively new branch of mathematics known as Interval Analysis can aid engineering undergraduates in doing routine error calculations.
The field was founded by Dr Ramon E Moore, formerly of Ohio State University. Drs Moore and Cloud teamed up with Dr Baker Kearfott of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to write the book Introduction to Interval Analysis, published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2009.
Dr William (“Bill”) Kolasa is teaching his final set of courses for the ECE Department this semester.
Kolasa earned the PhD in physics from the University of Windsor in 1982. He joined LTU (then LIT, or Lawrence Institute of Technology) in 1986 after working as Group Leader for the General Dynamics Land Systems Division in Troy. Prior to that, he was Senior Engineer at the Bendix Engineering and Development Center in Southfield. His son Bill earned the BSME from LTU.
“Bill is an enthusiastic, animated lecturer: no one falls asleep during his lectures,” said professor and former department chair Dr Richard Johnston. “His contributions to the program will be deeply missed.”
“Dr Kolasa will be sorely missed by the students,” added ECE Technician Martha Thompson. “They really appreciate the care he puts into teaching.”
Guest Article by Melissa Grunow, Director of Leadership Programs and First Year Experience
Lawrence Tech’s Leadership Curriculum provides leadership development and experiences to all undergraduates at every level of their academic programs. No other university in the nation can boast such a comprehensive program for all of its students. Committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow, Lawrence Tech views all students as leaders in the making. The Leadership Curriculum and supporting programs prepare students for the global marketplace by nurturing critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills – all with the focus on becoming agents of positive change.
The coursework includes four courses. In the freshman year, students take University Seminar creating a success plan for their personal and academic goals as well as exploring citizenship through a group service project. The sophomore year course is Leadership Models and Practices, the flagship course where students begin exploring their own leadership style and philosophy by studying leadership theory and practice. In the junior year students begin more experience-based leadership education with Leadership Seminar Series in which they attend seminars and workshop to develop skills and engage in a self-directed leadership experience. In the senior year each student completes the Leadership Capstone in which s/he develops a leadership portfolio.
“The University Seminar course has opened my mind to so many extra-curricular activities that I never knew existed,” says freshman Electrical and Computer Engineering major Dominic Alkatib. “It taught me teamwork, responsibility, and most importantly leadership.” The Office of Leadership Programs and First Year Experience also provides many activities outside of the classroom for students to practice their leadership skills. These include service learning projects in the community, team projects and competitions, as well as opportunities to mentor other students as they begin their careers at Lawrence Tech. Engaging in these activities can help engineering students to develop the skill sets required of graduates entering the work force: the ability to identify and solve problems, to work with others, and to think critically and creatively. These opportunities give Lawrence Tech grads a reputation of hitting the ground running as they enter the work force. In addition to professional development, the leadership program also enhances personal development. Ahmad Arabi, a junior, stated that he learned from his involvement in courses and activities that “good leaders love what they do and work from their hearts. Not for money. Not for power.”
For more information about Leadership Programs, visit http://www.ltu.edu/leadership/.
Article by Dr Lisa Anneberg
Mathcounts is a national middle school math competition, and the Lawrence Tech ECE department has been a supporter, mentor, and organizer of one of the local regional competitions. National sponsors include 3M, Texas Instruments, the National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA, Raytheon, the US Department of Defense, Bezos Family Foundation, ConocoPhillips , Northrop Grumman Foundation, and ThinkFun, Inc.
Students compete in mathematics, and their prowess is outstanding!
Saturday, February 11, is the date of the Fairlane Mathcounts Competition. The location is Strong Middle School in Allen Park, located at 3303 Oakwood Blvd in Melvindale, MI. LTU’s ECE department is organizing and facilitating, and could always use more volunteers for the effort.
If you have further questions, email Lisa Anneberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website for Mathcounts: www.mathcounts.org
Dr Michael Cloud’s section of Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering was addressed by a total of eighteen speakers during the Fall 2010 semester.
The speakers and their topics were as follows: Dr Phil Olivier, ECE Chair (Engineering Ethics); Ron Smith, Engineering Society of Detroit (Professional Registration); Gretchen Weiner, LTU Reference Librarian (Library Research); Ryan Meganck, Student President Eta Kappa Nu (Extracurricular Activities and Networking); Ronald Foster, ECE Faculty (Tesla Coil Project); Brian Podcervinski, ECE Upperclassman (Study Strategies); Beth Howell, Vice President of Operations ITC Holdings (Power and Energy Industry); Kimball Williams, IEEE Local Section Officer (Ethics and the IEEE); Jon Kade, LTU Alumnus (Personal Career Experiences), Dr Lisa Anneberg, ECE Faculty (Introduction to Labview); Don Reimer, ME Faculty (Entrepreneurialism); Dr Grant Gerhart, US ARMY TARDEC (Military/Government Careers); Ervin Larashi, Lead Engineer GM Global Antenna (Career of Recent LTU Graduate); Peg Pierce, LTU Career Services (Career Services at LTU); Jennifer Cunningham, LTU Career Services (Coop Opportunities at LTU); Dr Richard Johnston, ECE Faculty (Engineering Honor Societies); Steve Muller, ECE Student (Personal Coop Experience); Dr Kun Hua, ECE Faculty (Wireless Sensor Networks).
The ECE Department would like to thank all these individuals for their informative presentations.