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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 2010-2011

 

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Team S.I.

Steering Innovations

Members:

  • Kyle Finlan
  • Jody Gillespie
  • Ben Kurth
  • Cory Lynch
  • Andrew Moran

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. David McDonald

Company:

  • Nexteer Automotive, Saginaw, Mich.

Industrial Contact:

  • Fred Berg, David Harris, and Adam Pfenninger

Project Description: Electonic Steering Column Clamping System

Team SI was tasked to optimize and build an electronic clamping module prototype. The system unlocks and locks a steering column allowing the user to adjust the position of the steering wheel and column with just the push of a button. The result is a module that is smaller and more cost effective than the original prototype. An add-on feature includes a wireless remote to actuate the system that will be available for an aftermarket version of the module.

Links to the 2010-2011 Teams:

Student Research...

Scottville, Michigan

Andrew investigated factors that stunt the size of northern pike in northern Michigan lakes. His study determined that northern pike in stunted populations exhibited slow growth early on when there was a lack of proper prey species and then stabilized later, possibly due to increased cannibalism. His results will assist northern pike managers in determining management methods for stunted northern pike populations.

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