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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.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology
Graduate Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa

College of Business and Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Faculty & Staff

Administrative Staff Administrative Staff Administrative Staff
Dr. David Finley, P.E., Dean

David Roland Finley, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor and Dean
College of Business & Engineering

Expertise/Interests: Environmental Engineering, Entrepreneurship

Phone: (906) 635-2207
Office: CASET 202A
E-mail: dfinley@lssu.edu

David Baumann

David Baumann, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor and School Chair
Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Control Systems, Acoustics

Phone: (906) 635-2142
Office: CASET 204A
E-mail: dbaumann@lssu.edu

Laura Bofinger

Laura Bofinger

Academic Administrative Assistant
School of Engineering & Technology
Product Development Center
Summer Robotics Camps

Phone: (906) 635-2207
Office: CASET 202
E-mail: lbofinger@lssu.edu

Jeanne Shibley

Jeanne Shibley

Administrative Assistant
College of Business & Engineering

FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament & Jr. FLL Expo
FRC Kick-Off
Order of the Engineer

Phone: (906) 635-2597
Office: CASET 101A
E-mail: jmshibly@lssu.edu

Jon Coullard

Jon Coullard

Mechanical Laboratory Engineer
serves as ME adjunct faculty
School of Engineering & Technology

SAE/Mini Baja Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2595
Office: CASET 120C
E-mail: jcoullard@lssu.edu

Jeff King

Jeff King

Electrical/Computer Laboratory Engineer
serves as EE adjunct faculty
School of Engineering & Technology

Phone: (906) 635-2838
Office: CASET 307
E-mail: jking@lssu.edu

Administrative Staff Faculty Administrative Staff
Jim Devaprasad

Jim Devaprasad

Coordinator & Professor
Manufacturing Engineering Technology & Engineering Technology
School of Engineering & Technology

Director, Robotics Laboratory
Coordinator, Senior Projects

Expertise/Interests: Robotics, Automated Manufacturing
SME Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2131
Office: CASET 125C
E-mail: jdevaprasad@lssu.edu

Assist. Prof. Alexandru Herescu

Alexandru Herescu

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Energy-Thermo-Fluids, Microfluidics, Alternative Energy, Fuel Cells, Microfluidics and Capillarity

Phone: (906) 635-2660
Office: CASET 131
E-mail: aherescu@lssu.edu

Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Robert Hildebrand, Ph.D.

Coordinator and Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Acoustics & Vibrations, Vehicle Dynamics, Soil Dynamics
SWE Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2139
Office: CASET 202B
E-mail: rhildebrand@lssu.edu

Dr. Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones, Ph.D.

LSSU Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient (2010)

Coordinator and Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Mobile Robots, Microcontrollers, Renewable Energy, Intelligent Control

IEEE Advisor
FIRST Robotics, FIRST LEGO League

Phone: (906) 635-2138
Office: CASET 304
E-mail: ahjones@lssu.edu

David Leach

David Leach

Instructor
Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Plastics Design, Injection Molding, Quality Systems

Phone: (906) 635-2635
Office: CASET 129
E-mail: dleach@lssu.edu

David McDonald

Dave McDonald, P.E.

Professor
Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Instrumentation & Testing, Electric Machines

Phone: (906) 635-2208
Office: CASET 306A
E-mail: dmcdonald@lssu.edu

Dr. Joe Moening

Joesph Moening, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Power Electronics, Renewable Energy, Electronic Devices & Circuits

Engineering House Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2135
Office: CASET 130
E-mail: jmoening@lssu.edu

Dr. Jaskirat Sodhi

Jaskirat Sodhi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Non-Linear Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, and Shape Memory Polymers

Phone: (906) 635-2132
Office: CASET 127
E-mail: jsodhi@lssu.edu

Paul Weber

Paul Weber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
School of Engineering & Technology

Expertise/Interests: Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Distributed Control, Reliability Modeling

Engineering House Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2031
Office: CASET 128
E-mail: pweber@lssu.edu

Administrative Staff Product Development Center Administrative Staff
Eric Becks

Eric Becks

Engineering Projects Manager
Director of Intellectual Property & Economic Development
President/CEO Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone

Lambda Epsilon Eta Honor Society Advisor

Phone: (906) 635-2738
Office: CASET 125B
E-mail: ebecks@lssu.edu

 

 

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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