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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."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
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John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

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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:

Character- ization of Yellow Pigments in Freshwater Flavo- bacteria

Ashley Ryckman

The yellow color of Flavobacteria is due to the presence of carotenoids and flexirubin-type pigments. These complex chemical structures have shown to produce antioxidant properties, as well as antibacterial activity. The KOH test and reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to characterize carotenoid and flexirubin pigment production in three strains of Flavorbacteria: FR 87, FR Y, and FR 93. Optimization of pigment and separation was performed by quant-prep HPLC. Separation of four pigment fractions from each strain was attained using semi-prep HPLC. Antibacterial activity of the pigment fractions was tested using a MTT Assay. Fexirubin biosynthesis genes, darA and darB, of related pigment producing Flavobacteria were used to compare flexirubin pigments in FR 87. The three strains were determined to produce the carotenoid, Zeaxanthin. FR 87 produced 13 flexirubin pigments, FR Y produced 14 flexirubin pigments and FR 93 produced 20 flexirubin-type pigments. It was determined that compounds in all three strains demonstrated antibacterial activity. The flexirubin biosynthesis gene, darA, is 89.9% similar to Flavobacterium johnsoniae, and 73.2% similar to Flavobacterium psychrophilum.

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