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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.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Superior Drivetrain Solutions

Members:

  • Clifford Cook
  • James Dilworth
  • Andrew Kissick
  • Price McAllister

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Wael Mokhtar

Company:

  • Lake Superior State University
    Society of Automotive Engineers - LSSU Chapter

Industrial Contact:

  • Ray Adams and Paul Duesing

Project Description: SAE Mini Baja Competition - Drivetrain

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Competition has been a long-standing collegiate contest that challenges the skills of both graduate and undergraduate students. The competition takes place over a weekend with 140 teams participating in the events. Briggs & Stratton, Timken, Polaris Industries and Igus, Inc. are the sponsors for the summer 2007 competition.

LSSU's School of Engineering and Technology, in conjunction with the local SAE student chapter, has assembled design teams to prepare for the summer 2007 event under the umbrella of Laker Racing.

The project has been broken into two main tasks: drivetrain and chassis. Design constraints, team management, budgetary limitations and work place procedures are all components of the project process. Superior Drivetrain Solutions (SDS) will handle the drivetrain responsibilities which include designing, building and testing the Mini-Baja engine, transmission, rear axle assembly, steering, brake, controls and throttle. SDS' sister team, Twisted Off Road Chassie (TORC), is responsible for the chassis.

Laker Racing expects to compete at the SAE Midwest Regional competition at Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) in June 2007.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

Student Research...

Amanda Zoerner Honors Biology Pre-veterinary Science, Business Minor

Amanda studied the interaction of genes that determine coat color in English Springer Spaniels. Springers are medium-sized hunting dogs that display a variety of colors and markings, depending upon the interaction of several genes. Zoerner's study used polymerase chain reaction and restriction enzyme analysis in the laboratory to detect gene mutations that caused differences in coat color.

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