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“I chose LSSU expecting a very good engineering education. What I didn’t expect was faculty with real-world engineering experience and abilities, labs with real-world equipment, projects with real-world outcomes, and an entire campus staff with real interest in my success, as a student and yet today. My LSSU engineering education has created or supported every desired career opportunity. LSSU was absolutely the right place for me.”

Dan Goodrich,
Mechanical Engineering 1999,
Vehicle Test & Development,
Electronic Brake Systems Group

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Senior Projects 2006-2007

 

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Team Computer Controlled Plasma Designs

Members:

  • Steve Gilbert
  • Greg Robertson
  • Manar Wadi
  • Daniel Wagner

Faculty Advisor:

  • Keith Schwiderson

Company:

  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

Project Description: Phase II of a robotic plasma cutter

Lake Superior State University's (LSSU) School of Engineering & Technology offers a personal and professional atmosphere to help students develop theoretical and technical engineering skills that will be crucial to their prospective careers. To support this effort, the School strives to maintain well-equipped laboratories with modern technology representative of what is currently found in industry.One such piece of laboratory equipment is a computer numerically-controlled (CNC) plasma cutter. The fully-automated machine is capable of cutting through conductive material up to one-inch in thickness using a superheated gas to create precise two-dimensional figures.Team Computer Controlled Plasma Designs (CCPD) has been assigned to the implementation of the necessary hardware and software interfacing to incorporate a CNC controller into an existing plasma cutter. The updated machine will require extensive testing and the creation of a comprehensive user's manual.The final product will be a fully-functional CNC plasma cutter with complete documentation that can be used as an educational tool to promote and enhance the learning process for future LSSU engineering and technology students.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

Outstanding Fire Science Graduate...


Whelan joins an elite corps of graduates who have received the award since 1995. The academic department's highest citation, as set by the faculty, acknowledges a student's professionalism and volunteerism as well as exceptional academic accomplishment. Whelan completed a summer 2009 internship with the New York Fire Department's Bureau of Fire Investigation, where he gained experience in arson investigation. He was also an assistant to the FDNY's chief fire marshal.

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