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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology
Graduate Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Senior Projects 2009-2010

 

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Team Future Innovators of Railroad Engineering

Members:

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

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones

Company:

  • 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:

 

Reflective Writing in organic chemistry

Amy Wyss

Poor writing skills are negatively affecting both college readiness and communication in the workplace. Only 49.5% of students were deemed proficient writers on the 2011 Michigan Merit Exam, leading many educators to push for incorporation of writing into every classroom. To test if writing is an effective instructional strategy, this study integrated reflective writing into chemistry supplemental instruction and found a significant increase in studentsí performances on tests and quizzes.

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