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“I chose LSSU expecting a very good engineering education. What I didn’t expect was faculty with real-world engineering experience and abilities, labs with real-world equipment, projects with real-world outcomes, and an entire campus staff with real interest in my success, as a student and yet today. My LSSU engineering education has created or supported every desired career opportunity. LSSU was absolutely the right place for me.”

Dan Goodrich,
Mechanical Engineering 1999,
Vehicle Test & Development,
Electronic Brake Systems Group

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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:

Student Research...

Thaddeus Lewandowski Fisheries and Wildlife

Thaddeus assessed habitat changes over the past 11 years at the Vermilion Ecological Research Station, located some 10 miles west of Whitefish Point on Lake Superior. He compared vegetation records with a survey of current plant communities to describe aspects of ecological processes at the site. While changes to the landscape have occurred during the past decade, the effects may not significantly impact animals such as the Great Lakes endangered Piping Plover.

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