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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."

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Senior Projects 2011-2012

 

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Team AI
Automation and Integration

Members:

  • Jordan Gignac, EE
  • Joshua Laplander, CE
  • Zachary Lynch, ME
  • Scott Martin, ME
  • Ryan Tingle, EE

Faculty Advisor:

  • Mr. Jeff King

Company:

  • Lake Superior State University - Robotics & Automation Laboratory

Industrial Contact:

  • Prof. Jim Devaprasad

Project Description: Robotics System Integration

Team AI will first perform a feasibility study of three robotics projects for the future upgrade of LSSU's robotics labs. The three projects are: 1) to revamp the current 4-robot Fanuc automated flow line, 2) to upgrade the 3-robot Adept rotary index table line, and 3) to build a showcase robotics workcell using an existing extruded alumimum platform. The team will then fully design and implement one of the three projects. The selected project will involve the integration of robotics system(s), robotics toooling, system flow controller, and machine vision.

Links to the 2011-12 Senior Project Teams:

Synthesis of Multicyclic Products ...

Josh Brown

“Synthesis of Multicyclic Products from Annulation Reaction of an Imadazoline and β-Hydroxy Carboxylic Acids”: Imidazolines are nitrogen containing hetercycles that can be found in natural products. They have unique properties particularly their ability to react with electrophiles and nucleophiles. If reacted with a molecule that contains both, imidazolines can undergo annulations to produce many interesting products. This study attempted to prepare a multicyclic product from the reaction of 1-benzyl-2-phenyl-2-imidazoline with salicyloyl chloride or salicylic acid under three different conditions to determine which was optimal. The first reaction is a two step process that uses salicyloyl chloride produced from salicylic acid. The salicyloyl chloride is then used in an annulations reaction with the imidazoline. Production of salicyloyl chloride by known methods failed. Conditions two and three attempted a similar annulations using the coupleing reagents BOP-Cl and EDC with salicylic acid and the imidazoline. These reagents work to bond the carboxylic acid to the imidazoline N and make the reaction one step. The EDC reaction failed to produce the right product, the BOP-Cl reaction appeared successful based on GCMS. However, during the purification the product was not able to be isolated.

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