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"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

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Senior Projects 2008-2009

 

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Team Rock Rover Design & Development

Members:

  • Joe Betcher
  • Dale Burnham
  • Bob Hemeleski
  • Jonathan Lane
  • Mark Stumpo

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Company:

  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Dr. Wael Mokhtar

Project Description: Mars Land Rover


Team R2D2 designed, developed, fabricated, assembled and tested an omni-directional rover to compete at the 2009 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference for District B in Dayton, Ohio. Team R2D2 placed second overall in the Student Design Competition, advancing themselves to the international student design competition in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The competition consists of a course with three obstacles of varying height and width. The rover has four minutes to navigate the course, surmount or navigate the obstacles, retrieve seven strategically-positioned rock samples and place them in a designated target area. R2D2’s rover design focuses on quick and accurate pick-up and placement of the rock samples.
It will be used to promote technical learning skills and unique design-and-development prototypes at Lake Superior State University in addition to the exposure the university will receive when the team competes at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition’s student design competition in November.

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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