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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 2008-2009

Meet this year's project teams:

Team R2D2 Logo
2009-10 Team DRIVE Team R2D2 2009-10 Team FIRE logo

Rock Rover Design & Development
Mars Land Rover

Team Fluid Tech Logo
2009-10 Team MTD logo Team FLUID-TECH 2009-10 Team PAS logo

Fluid-Tech
Process Measurement Device

Team Dyno Logo
2 Team DYNO 3

Great Lakes Dyno Systems
Vehicle Dynamometer Testing System

Team RTI Logo
6 Team RTI 5

Race Tech Innovations
Mini-Baja race vehicle

Team ICE Logo
7 Team ICE 6

Iron-Horse Coupler Engineering
Remote Train Coupler System

Team IMTD Logo
67 Team IMTD 6

Innovative Medical Training Devices
Dynamic Flow Phantom

Team SPD Logo
67 Team SPD 6

Superior Prototype Devlopment

 

Investigat- ing the Use of QPCR: An Early Detection Method for Toxic Cyano- bacterial Bloom

Garrett Aderman

Harmful algal blooms (HABs), including cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CHABs), are a global phenomenon. In the US, annual economic loss due to HABs was recently estimated at $82 million. Furthermore, the consensus amongst the scientific community is that the frequency and duration of CHABs in freshwater systems will increase as a result of climate change and anthropogenic nutrient enrichment. Due to the ability of some strains of CHAB genera to produce toxic compounds, larger and more sustained CHAB events will become an even greater threat to drinking water. Of all the known cyantoxoins, one of the most ubiquitous is microcystin (MCY). Humans are primarily exposed to cyantoxins through drinking water consumption and accidental ingestion of recreational water. The increasing risk presented by these toxins requires health officials and utilities to improve their ability to track the occurrence and relative toxicity. Current tracking methods do not distinguish between toxic and non-toxic strains. Biochemical techniques for analyzing the toxins are showing considerable potential as they are relatively simple to run and low cost. My goal was to develop a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method to measure the amount of mcyE gene in a Lake Erie drinking water and compare the levels of the mcyE to toxin produced. This is the first step to determining if the presence of mcyE of the mycrocystin synthestase gene cluster in Microcystits, Planktothrix and Anabaena cells can be used as the quantitative measurement in an early detection warning system for recreational and drinking waters.

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