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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 Iron-Horse Coupler Engineering

Members:

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

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones

Company:

  • 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:

Deter- mination and Comparison of Ca:Zn and Ca:Fe Ratios in Conversion Coatings using SEM-EDS

Nathan Morrill

The purpose of this project was to determine optimum conditions for performing a surface analysis of conversion coatings using SEM-EDS in parallel to imaging. The desired Ca:Zn ratios across several varying acceleration voltages were measured and compared to Ca:Fe ratios to observe if increased kV resulted in increased Fe detection and subsequently lowered to undetectable levels of desired analytes.

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