Dematic, a logistics company based in Luxembourg with North American operations headquartered in Grand Rapids, has opened a satellite engineering office in Houghton and hired a team of 11 interns. The interns include students from the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, as well as the School of Technology.
Dematic’s engineering manager for the Houghton office is Jeff Lines, a Michigan Tech alumnus and former team leader for Ford Motor Company’s Houghton IT office. Lines has more than 10 years of experience in product development and information technology and has worked with students for the past two years.
The logistics firm was attracted to Houghton by the MTEC SmartZone’s Fortune 500 Formula, a satellite university sourcing solution for large companies. The SmartZone offers affordable, high-tech, secure office space and access to talented Michigan Tech students. Ford and GE Aviation already operate satellite engineering offices here under the SmartZone umbrella.
Student interns in SmartZone satellite offices such as Dematic’s perform real work for the company’s mechanical, software and electrical engineering teams.