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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.”

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Senior Projects 2013-2014

Meet this year's project teams:

Team presentation posters are 48 x 36 inch PDFs

Team ABI logo
Team ABI

Automated Braking Innovations
Brake pedal testing system
Final presentation poster PDF

Team A-VIS logo
Team A-VIS

Adexobot-Vision Integration Solution
Versatile robotics grocery bagging system
Final presentation poster PDF

Team LCS logo
Team LCS

Laser Control Solutions
Self-leveling mill head
Final presentation poster PDF

Team LOCI logo
Team LOCI

Locomotive Onsite Communication Initiative
Loci automation
Final presentation poster PDF

Team MRC logo
left tab corner Team MRC right tab corner

Marine Refueling Concepts
Liquefied natural gas bunkering barge
Final presentatin poster PDF

Team RAS logo
left corner Team RAS right corner

Railway Automation Solutions
Robotics fluid dispensing with machine vision
Final presentation poster PDF

Team SFI logo
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Solar Film Innovations
Window-based photovoltaic systems
Final presentation poster PDF

Allen Bradley logo

Brian Horn

Lake Superior State University - Directed Senior Project
Part Checker Lab Update
Final presentation poster PDF

2014 Senior Project Presentation Brochure

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updated 4/29/14

Investigat- ing the Use of QPCR: An Early Detection Method for Toxic Cyano- bacterial Bloom

Garrett Aderman

Harmful algal blooms (HABs), including cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CHABs), are a global phenomenon. In the US, annual economic loss due to HABs was recently estimated at $82 million. Furthermore, the consensus amongst the scientific community is that the frequency and duration of CHABs in freshwater systems will increase as a result of climate change and anthropogenic nutrient enrichment. Due to the ability of some strains of CHAB genera to produce toxic compounds, larger and more sustained CHAB events will become an even greater threat to drinking water. Of all the known cyantoxoins, one of the most ubiquitous is microcystin (MCY). Humans are primarily exposed to cyantoxins through drinking water consumption and accidental ingestion of recreational water. The increasing risk presented by these toxins requires health officials and utilities to improve their ability to track the occurrence and relative toxicity. Current tracking methods do not distinguish between toxic and non-toxic strains. Biochemical techniques for analyzing the toxins are showing considerable potential as they are relatively simple to run and low cost. My goal was to develop a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method to measure the amount of mcyE gene in a Lake Erie drinking water and compare the levels of the mcyE to toxin produced. This is the first step to determining if the presence of mcyE of the mycrocystin synthestase gene cluster in Microcystits, Planktothrix and Anabaena cells can be used as the quantitative measurement in an early detection warning system for recreational and drinking waters.

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