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Mark Reese

“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
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Shane Carley

Shane Carley used ground-penetrating radar to locate lost gravesites in one of Sault Ste. Marie's oldest cemeteries. Most of the cemetery's records were lost in a 1970s city hall fire. City government needed to know where graves were for reasons of closure for relatives and ongoing expansion plans. Carley presented his results to a grateful city commission, and went on to publish his techniques and results as a senior thesis project. A poster of his work took first place in the nation for undergraduates at the American Institute of Professional Geologist meeting in San Diego. The award netted him $750. Carley went on to present at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

"I'm now working with a large group of respected scientists on the TAIGER project. Earlier in the summer it involved deploying and retrieving ocean-bottom instruments for what is called passive seismology, which deduces movement between two seismic plates in the Pacific. My analysis at the University of New York at Binghamton will use passive earthquake data to model what's happening off the coast of Taiwan in three dimensions."

— Shane Carley, '08 Geology

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Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill
Geology

"I've been accepted to Montana Tech's graduate school to pursue a master's degree in geophysical engineering. I have also accepted a full-funded graduate research assistantship to work with the Montana National Guard on developing magnetic techniques to detect unexploded ordinance. My summer internship with Geolex, a company under contract with the Guard, will study acquiring data, performing analysis, and offering interpretation on unexploded ordinance." [ more ]

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