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"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

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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:

IT Intern - Info Services Dept., City of Sault Ste. Marie, MI

William J. Mattson

The project consisted of working with a lead technical professional with the City of Sault Ste. Marie Information Services Department. Tasks involved shadowing an IT lead during the day-to-day to operations of the IS Department. Most of the assigned duties involved diagnosing and troubleshooting defective workstations and laptops, replacement of defective components as well as the installation of operating system software. The remainder of the project was spent completing an inventory of city-wide, IT-related equipment for the purpose of assessment by the city planners.

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