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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 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:

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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