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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 Specialized Testing Systems

Members:

  • Orlan Euale
  • Chance Jacoby
  • Amber Kardes
  • Michael Lane
  • Matthew Rajala
  • Tyler Skowronek

Faculty Advisor:

  • Jon Coullard

Company:

  • Algoma Steel

Industrial Contact:

  • Rani Lottey

Project Description: Trailer Beam Tester

Team Specialized Testing Systems (STS) was selected to work with Algoma Steel, a leader in the North American hot-rolled steel market located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

In order to gain market share, Algoma continuously seeks new markets for its products. The North American trucking industry was seen as an untapped emerging market for weight reduction and efficiency improvement. A lighter and stronger beam would reduce the weight of the hauling system and could either increase hauling capacity and/or decrease fuel consumption.

STS has been challenged to design and build a beam-testing machine to collect data on the capabilities of semi-trailer cross members. The machine will measure the effects of various vertical, torsion and cyclical loads that are applied to the cross member. Data will be collected, stored and analyzed with a PC-based system. Algoma will use the data as a set of baseline numbers to determine the desireable properties of any new cross member system that it may produce.

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Milled for Success

Jonathan Spencer
Mechanical Engineering
West Branch, MI

Jon Spencer, a junior in mechanical engineering at Lake Superior State University, has married three (3) passions into one (1). His engineered yo-yo (1) might win his alma mater state-of-the-art equipment for its Product Development Center (2), and him a free trip to Japan (3). To accomplish all this, Spencer has entered a custom-designed yo-yo into Roland DG's Creative Awards competition. [ more ]

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