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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Superior Drivetrain Solutions

Members:

  • Clifford Cook
  • James Dilworth
  • Andrew Kissick
  • Price McAllister

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Wael Mokhtar

Company:

  • Lake Superior State University
    Society of Automotive Engineers - LSSU Chapter

Industrial Contact:

  • Ray Adams and Paul Duesing

Project Description: SAE Mini Baja Competition - Drivetrain

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Competition has been a long-standing collegiate contest that challenges the skills of both graduate and undergraduate students. The competition takes place over a weekend with 140 teams participating in the events. Briggs & Stratton, Timken, Polaris Industries and Igus, Inc. are the sponsors for the summer 2007 competition.

LSSU's School of Engineering and Technology, in conjunction with the local SAE student chapter, has assembled design teams to prepare for the summer 2007 event under the umbrella of Laker Racing.

The project has been broken into two main tasks: drivetrain and chassis. Design constraints, team management, budgetary limitations and work place procedures are all components of the project process. Superior Drivetrain Solutions (SDS) will handle the drivetrain responsibilities which include designing, building and testing the Mini-Baja engine, transmission, rear axle assembly, steering, brake, controls and throttle. SDS' sister team, Twisted Off Road Chassie (TORC), is responsible for the chassis.

Laker Racing expects to compete at the SAE Midwest Regional competition at Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) in June 2007.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

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Caroline Demary-Elliott

"Not only is LSSU close and convenient to my home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, but the atmosphere is very welcoming. All of the staff and students seem to be really open, and the teacher-to-student ratio is very personal, unlike larger universities. " [ more ]

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