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"I graduated from LSSU in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, and have since had a heavy focus in robotics and systems integration. I spent my first 7 years with FANUC in Rochester Hills as a product manager, and have since worked for Hartness International managing a robotic automation group. We continue to grow at a rapid pace, and will integrate 60+ robots this year and see no slow down in sight. My experience at LSSU has enabled me to take charge in this challenging and growing market."

Matt Job Business Unit Manager Automation Group Hartness International

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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:

Mobile Software Development - Daifuku Webb, Osaka, Japan

Collin Baker

The project was to develop a mobile application to work on smart phones via Bluetooth to replace an old, bulky pendant used for moving autonomously-guided vehicles manually. The idea was not to be able to do it remotely, but simply eliminate the cost of the pendant. The project consisted of two stages: (1) Learn the Android Software Development Kit; (2) Develop a marketable application. The safe operation of the vehicle was critical.

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