Mr. Benjamin SweetMr. Benjamin Sweet


Experience in Teaching (LTU and elsewhere)

Lawrence Technological University, Adjunct Instructor (1994 – Present: 22 years as of

August 2016)

Experience in Industry (years and positions)

Overall: 1987 – Present: 28 years

2012 – Present:           Panasonic Automotive Systems of America, Farmington Hills, MI

Staff Software Engineer, Advanced Engineering

Full-time position

•     Real-time embedded software engineering for audio and infotainment products.

•     Local co-op student program coordinator for Farmington Hills Advanced Engineering


1999 – Present:           Teknowledge, LLC, West Bloomfield, MI

CEO, Instructor, Author

Part-time (Sole Proprietorship)

•    Define learning objectives, develop course material, and conduct training seminars

to address specific customer training needs.

 2011 – 2012:               Autoliv Electronics America, Southfield, MI

Senior Algorithm Engineer, Radar Engineering

Full-time position

•     Real-time embedded software integration and validation for radar-based blind-spot

monitoring features.

 2004 –2011:                Lear Corporation, Southfield, MI

Principal Engineer, Hybrid Systems & Components Dept., Electrical Systems Division

Full-time position

•    Product Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Process Improvement for real-time

embedded software in hybrid power conversion systems, automotive body control, and

interior systems.


2001 –2004:                Visteon Corporation, Van Buren Twp., MI

Technical Fellow - Software Design for Embedded Automotive Systems, Powertrain


Full-time position

•     Real-Time Embedded automotive powertrain system engineering.

•     Organizational software/system process definition & improvement.

•     Management of Departmental Software Process Improvement team.

 1990 –2000:                Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Lead/Principal Software Engineer, Powertrain Electronics, Electrical Systems Div.

Full-time position

•     Real-time embedded software/system development for automotive powertrain

control systems.

 1989 – 1990:               Renaissance Systems Technologies, Inc., Southfield, MI:

Full-time position

Contract Engineer

 1987 – 1989:               CyMicro International, Inc., Plymouth, MI:

Full-time position: Project Engineer


Level of Education (dates and locations)

•           M.S., Electronic and Computer Control Systems, Wayne State University, 1993

•           B.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1987


Areas of Interest (what do you love to teach)

Embedded Systems and Software Engineering

Research interest

Embedded systems & software architecture




 I have been an Adjunct Faculty member at Lawrence Technological University since

1994, and I have taught for the departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Math

& Computer Science, Humanities, and Technology.  My primary focus is Embedded

Systems, Software Engineering, and Control Systems.  During this time, along with

developing course material and teaching, I have also been actively involved in helping

to improve various curricula and mentoring various student activities.  Outside of LTU I

have been engaged in the industry of developing real-time embedded software/systems

for automotive and industrial applications since 1987.  I currently hold the position of

Staff Software Engineer in the Advanced Engineering group at Panasonic Automotive

Systems, Vehicle Audio and Infotainment Systems.  In this role I am involved in defining

software product-line architecture and developing software to meet the evolving needs

for advanced audio and infotainment products. I am also involved in various inter-

departmental teams for developing various areas of technology and for organizational

cprocess improvement.


Office: S110