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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
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology
Graduate Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Senior Projects 2008-2009

 

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Team Great Lakes Dyno Systems

Members:

  • Vaughn Alexander
  • Greg Edwards
  • Jon Konieczny
  • Roger Mathes
  • Dominic Moreau
  • Dave Stiles

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. David McDonald

Company:

  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Project Description:Vehicle Dynamometer Testing System


Donors & Technical Advisors: Revolutionary Engineering, owned by LSSU Alums Dan (’92) and Allen White (’95), and engineer Matt Slaght (’07)

The main objective was to create an instructional test cell for evaluating automobile performance to be used by the vehicle systems option students. The test cell controls a dynamometer via computer to record the torque, speed and horsepower of a vehicle. Team GLDS refurbished the system and restraints, and developed the safety systems. Additional instrumentation may be interfaced with the work cell to measure the vehicle’s emissions and vibrations in a controlled environment. The dynamometer and test cell are unique to this region and can serve to benefit the community.

Links to the 2008-2009 Teams:

Analysis of 2,4-D in Sediment Samples Taken from Paradise Lake, MI

Benjamin McPhail

Two organizations from Paradise Lake, concerned for the environmental quality of Paradise Lake, wanted to test a few methods to help control the population of Eurasian Milfoil to help promote continuing recreational activity in the lake. Each organization had different ideals: one was for natural treatment, the other wanted to explore chemical treatment avenues. One method chosen by the latter organization was chemical treatment using 2,4-Dichlorophenoxy Acetic Acid (2,4-D), a common pesticide, especially in agriculture. To determine whether there was a risk to the lake or surrounding groundwater sources, sediment samples were collected and analyzed for the presence of 2,4-D.

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