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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Robotic Calibration Systems

Members:

  • Justin Darga
  • Erik Fredericks
  • Jordan Grawbarger
  • Tim Hay
  • Matthew Slaght
  • Andy Van Sickle

Faculty Advisor:

  • Paul Duesing

Company:

  • Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Auburn Hills, Mich.

Industrial Contact:

Project Description: Robot Steering Calibrator Stand

Robotic Calibration Systems (RCS) is a multidisciplinary team of engineering students comprised of two electrical engineers, one computer engineer, and three mechanical engineers.The team was assigned the task of designing and building two service test stands for Continental Automotive Systems (CAS), a world-wide leader in innovative technologies for vehicle safety applications. The stands will be used to calibrate the Sprint 3 Programmable Steering Machine, which is manufactured by Heitz Automotive. The Steering Machine used by CAS automates testing applications pertaining to vehicle rollover testing.Currently, Continental has no way to test the calibration and/or service its Steering Machines after installation in a vehicle. The RCS test stands would provide a means and a tool for performing static, functional and dynamic maneuver testing to make sure the Steering Machines are calibrated properly and operating correctly. Continental would use the calibrated machine to assist in the quality assurance and development of its electronic safety systems.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

Second place

Design Competition Senior project Team Rock Rover Design & Development qualified to advance to the international student design competition on November 18, 2009.

ASME Student Design Expositions provide a platform for all engineering students to showcase their innovative design and build projects to a broad audience. Bringing practicing engineers, faculty and students into one venue, this program also provides educational and professional development opportunities for exhibitors as well as spectators. For students, it is an opportunity to demonstrate their products or present their design concepts to potential employers and even investors. For industry leaders, the Expos are like career fairs in reverse; an opportunity to observe the landscape of student design, get to know extraordinary engineering students in the region and see first-hand the innovative ideas and skills students can bring to their companies.

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