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"It seems like the more people I talk to, the more I realize just how good of an engineering program LSSU has. I appreciate your classes, your ability to make learning an enjoyable experience, and the hands-on attitude of LSSU as a whole. I am very glad I chose LSSU."

Jake Weinmann Controls Engineer, ADD Software/Fanuc Robotics

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Senior Projects 2008-2009


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Team Iron-Horse Coupler Engineering


  • Andrew Athanasopoulos
  • Patrick Chin
  • Jacob Christensen
  • Erik McClain
  • Jordan Meyer

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones


  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Paul Duesing

Project Description:Remote Train Coupler System

Team ICE designed and built a remote-controlled train coupler system for ‘O’ scale model railroads with unique features not found in other systems. The design is closer to scale than current couplers and provides wireless control, computer connectivity via USB, and remote coupler activation at any track location. The innovation could revolutionize model railroading lead to procurement of patent rights for LSSU.

Links to the 2008-2009 Teams:


Dereck Wonnacutt Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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