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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."

Jake Weinmann Controls Engineer, ADD Software/Fanuc Robotics

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Senior Projects 2012-2013


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Team Helio-Tech


  • Benjamin Holbrook
  • Brett Newill
  • Travis Pendell
  • Blaine Roushia
  • Matthew Wagner

Faculty Advisor:

  • Paul Weber
  • Joe Moening


  • 3 M, Maplewood, MN

Industrial Contact:

  • Tim Hebrink

Project Description: Concentrated Photovoltaic System

Team HT (Helio-Tech) will be designing, constructing, and testing a prototype window module that contains solar cells to allow for both transmission of light as well as electrical engergy generation. Furthermore, the design will incorporate 3 M Brand Prestige Film to incresase the amount of the energy that the cells produce. This Building- Integrated PhotoVolaic(BIPV) window module will replace either vertical windows or skylights in residential and commercial buildings.


Links to the 2012-2013 Teams:


Dereck Wonnacutt Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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