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Student Inventions Designed to Change the World

Making it possible for people with shaky hands to feed themselves. Making it safer for emergency personnel working in disaster areas – and enabling them to reach victims faster. And making it more difficult for thieves to break into cabinets, lockers – even homes.

These are some of the real-life problems tackled by 34 Sacramento State seniors who graduated this spring with degrees in Computer Engineering or Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Two of their inventions, the One-Armed Wijit Wheelchair Electronic-Steering Assistance adapter and the SteadySpoon, have been granted provisional patents and likely are on their way to the marketplace.

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Meet the Dean, Dr. Lorenzo M. Smith

Dr. Lorenzo M. Smith, DeanDr. Lorenzo M. Smith, Dean

Dr. Lorenzo M. Smith graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1991, earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Soon afterward, he accepted a full-time engineering position at Ford Motor Company where he primarily engaged in research and development in the fasteners engineering section. While a full time employee at Ford Motor Company, he worked on his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University, graduating in 1993. Following his long-term plan, Dr. Smith left Ford Motor Company to pursue a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics at Michigan State University. After completing all required course work by 1996, Dr. Smith accepted a sheet metal formability analyst position at General Motors Corporation. While at General Motors, Dr. Smith completed his dissertation titled “Solid Finite Elements for Sheet Metal Forming Simulation” and graduated from Michigan State University, earning his Ph.D. in 1999.

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