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A Viewbook for those interested in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology


  • Imagine More.

    Make it Better.

    Maybe get your hands dirty or maybe not but certainly get your brain moving towards overdrive.

    Build it, take it apart. Create something out of nothing.

    Let your curiosity help make the world a better place.

    Thats what your SVSU engineering education is all about.


  • What does a snowboard, a control system that make roller coasters start and stop at the right time, the Ferris Wheel, wind turbines and research on alternative fuels, and morphing technology in movies like Jurassic Park have in common?

    Give up?

    Theyre all invented, developed or created by engineers.

    Surprised? A lot of people are because they just dont know what engineers do. Actually, engineers are some of the most creative people you will ever meet because they solve problems, innovate, and make things happen. SVSU engineering students get an early jump on making things happen. They are involved in all kinds of real world projects, from concept to competition. Learning is hands-on and classes are taught by PhD faculty no SVSU class is taught by graduate assistants. And, your engineering studies take

    place in the newly expanded and remodeled Pioneer Hall, now 72,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space that is as competitive as labs and learning can be. Lecture + Theory + State-of-the-art-labs + practical experience at the undergraduate level = one question:

    SVSU Engineering How do I enroll?

    SVSUs Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET)


    New in Academic Year 2011-12:Alternative Energy minor and Masters degree in engineering and materials

  • Two learning outside the classroom opportunities make the engineering educational experience at SVSU exceptional and enhanced. Students complete a year-long senior design project, created for a regional business. This comprehensive project includes problem definition, design, purchasing, manufacturing, and testing. Few other universities have this kind of realistic, real world senior design project. Each academic year, students can receive up to $10,000 for projects that are funded by the Student Research & Creativity Institute.

    Mechanical engineering students have designed or developed a thermal cycling chamber for testing roofing materials, a feeding machine for disabled children, and a gearbox for a racing application, to name a few examples. Electrical engineering student projects range from fun to affecting the corporate bottom line: the guitar tutor was designed to instruct introductory guitar students to play by illuminating the correct fret and string. A computer was embedded within an acoustic guitar which then communicated with a personal computer which performed most of the computations needed for the Guitar Tutor. SC Johnsons challenge to EE students involved its ZipLoc Bag Recovery system. The challenge was to find a way to take its misloaded bags and realign them on a conveyor and send them back to the packaging line. Repackaging rather than recycling would allow for a more efficient and environmentally friendly process.


    Senior Design Projects andStudent Research and Creativity Institute

    A Closer LOOK at Senior Design Projects

    From Senior Design Project to Patent: May 2010 mechanical engineering graduates Chris Hanna, John Stencel and Jon McKellip, had a dream senior design project that not only gave them a great experience, but which has led the client to pursue a prototype patent. Connecting the students to Dr. Chad D. Ringley of MidMichigan Surgical Specialists was Al Freed, the Clifford H. Spicer Endowed Chair in Engineering. The proof of concept design of a self-suturing trocar that speeds up the surgical closure process (and thus reduces the time under anesthesia) took the students from the classroom to the operating room, medical training labs and to weekly meetings with Dr. Ringley on designs and debriefings. This creation project really let us think outside the box, noted John Stencel. It opened our eyes to all of the great directions engineering jobs can take, added Chris Hanna.

  • 3Engineering students are some of the many SVSU students who benefit from funding from the Student Research and Creativity Institute. Students can receive up to $10,000 for an array of scholarly and creative pursuits.

    A Closer LOOK at Funded Projects

    In winter 2011, Vishal Parimoo, an electrical engineering student, received $2,300 to develop a solar-powered water filtration, designed to be user-friendly and self-sufficient. When not in use, the system will charge backup batteries that can be utilized after sunset. In his proposal, Parimoo noted that water problems affect about half of the human population, and more than 2 billion lack basic water filtration.

    Three mechanical engineering students (David Bosco, Jason Kopka and Ashley Schumacher) received $6,950 to design and build a wheelchair-accessible outdoor merry-go-round for Saginaws Millet Learning Center, a school for students with special needs.

  • Students may concentrate in either Electrical Systems Engineering or Computer Engineering. The EE (Electrical Engineering) curriculum is supported by the departments of chemistry, computer science, math, mechanical engineering and physics.

    SVSU has a student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE), the worlds largest professional society.

    Department of

    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Students selecting Electrical Systems Engineering are exposed in more depth to one or more of the following areas: digital controls, power systems, electronics and robotics. Those choosing Computer Engineering become more experienced in the areas of microprocessors, computer circuits, computer hardware and software, and data communications. All students receive a foundation in analog and digital


    circuits; electrical machines; electromagnetic fields; microprocessors; analog and digital control systems; digital signal processing; communications and mechanical engineering.

    Instruction in the EE department is supported five labs open to students for projects and used for instruction. They include

    Control Systems Robotics Electrical Machines Microprocessor and Embedded Systems Electronic and Communication Circuits Computer Engineering

    In 2009, electrical engineering students Mufadal Amiji, Mohamed Mkakile and Dean Norfleet received a grant of $5,120 from the Student Research & Creativity Institute to develop an automated monitoring system for aquaponics, a method of growing plants without soil.

    A Closer LOOK . . .

  • 5Associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Russell Clark, joined SVSU in 1999. In his role as department chair, he was instrumental in the push to hire new electrical engineering faculty interested in alternative energy, specifically in the area of photovoltaics (solar cells). Dr. Clark also works with regional businesses like The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning on various alternative energy projects. And for seven years, professor Clark has annually advised a student group that participates each spring in a Fire Fighting Robot contest at Trinity College. In 2007, the team took first place, competing against teams from the U.S., Canada and several other foreign countries.

    Creating Loki

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrical engineers should have favorable employment opportunities (2008-2018).

    Computer systems design and related services is expected to be among the fastest growing industries in the economy.

    A team of four electrical and computer engineering students was awarded $9,777 to devise and build a system to harness wind and solar energy and use it to power one or more campus vehicles such as golf carts.


  • 6The Saginaw Valley Michigans Energy Valley

    SVSUs new minor in alternative energy is an outstanding opportunity for science and engineering students to enhance their degree by hands-on learning in the ever-changing world of energy and technology. Whether your interest is in the area of sustainability, conservation, green jobs, renewable energy, energy efficiency or energy management, this minor will boost your 21st century degree, education and career opportunities.

    Recent senior design projects give a sampling of student research projects and hands-on learning that takes place in the alternative energy field. Solar Powered Portable Water Filtration Unit; Engineering and Economic Vitality of Manufacturing

    Biodegradable Sporting Clays from Lignocellulose Residues (traditional sporting clays are non-biodegradable and toxic. This project was to research and develop an environmentally-friendly solution to the problems);

    Solar Powered Sterling Engine (to power a generator to store energy);

    Duperon Wind Turbine (to document the accuracy of testing and redesign of the Duperon wind turbine, as a response to the companys desire to branch out into green technology)

    This minor, learning in our state-of-the-arts facilities, and engaging in great research projects alongside our outstanding faculty is a great addition to the College.

    Deb Huntley, DeanCollege of Science, Engineering & Technology

    At the 2008 U.S. Conference of Mayors, Global Insight predicted that potential new green jobs in the U.S. could be as high as 2.5 million by 2018, and by 2028, grow to 3.5 million.

    Renewable energy jobs include:

    Wind power Solar phovoltaics Solar thermal Biomass/biofuels Hydropower and geothermal e