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"I graduated from LSSU in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, and have since had a heavy focus in robotics and systems integration. I spent my first 7 years with FANUC in Rochester Hills as a product manager, and have since worked for Hartness International managing a robotic automation group. We continue to grow at a rapid pace, and will integrate 60+ robots this year and see no slow down in sight. My experience at LSSU has enabled me to take charge in this challenging and growing market."

Matt Job Business Unit Manager Automation Group Hartness International

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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Twisted Off Road Chassis

Members:

  • Jon Paul LaFave
  • Jeremy Jensen
  • Tom MacMillan
  • Chris Valinski
  • Chris Winkler

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Company:

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

Industrial Contact:

  • Ray Adams and Paul Duesing

Project Description: Universal Steering Column Validator

Team Twisted Off Road Chassis (TORC) is part of an effort to design and build a chassis for an off-road vehicle to compete in the 2006-07 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Competition in Rochester, N.Y. Our sister team, Superior Drivetrain Solutions (SDS), is responsible for the drivetrain.

The Mini Baja off-road vehicle is lightweight and low cost. TORC will use modern numerical stress analysis techniques along with the basic principles of vehicle dynamics to design the frame, roll cage, and suspension of the Mini Baja vehicle. To ensure durability of the vehicle, all analyses will be based on demanding off-road conditions. Once built, the vehicle will be extensively tested in order to optimize the design.The final product will be a race-worthy vehicle ready for the summer 2007 SAE Mini Baja competiton.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

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Caroline Demary-Elliott

"Not only is LSSU close and convenient to my home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, but the atmosphere is very welcoming. All of the staff and students seem to be really open, and the teacher-to-student ratio is very personal, unlike larger universities." [ more ]

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