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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."

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Senior Projects 2009-2010


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Team Future Innovators of Railroad Engineering


  • Skylar Clark
  • Tom McGrail
  • Nathan Parker
  • Patrick Reed
  • Justin Storie

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones


  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Paul Duesing

Project Description: Remote Train Coupler System

Team FIRE designed and constructed a scale prototype coupler for two variants of “O” scale model railroads. The system allows remote controlled coupling and uncoupling of railroad cars at any location through wireless communication. The design includes a coupler locking mechanism and a method to miniaturize the mechanism to operate on the smaller “HO” scale. It is the second phase of a two-year project with a patent pending.

Links to the 2009-2010 Senior Projects Teams:


Milled for Success

Jonathan Spencer
Mechanical Engineering
West Branch, MI

Jon Spencer, a junior in mechanical engineering at Lake Superior State University, has married three (3) passions into one (1). His engineered yo-yo (1) might win his alma mater state-of-the-art equipment for its Product Development Center (2), and him a free trip to Japan (3). To accomplish all this, Spencer has entered a custom-designed yo-yo into Roland DG's Creative Awards competition. [ more ]

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