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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 2006-2007

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Team Specialized Testing Systems

Members:

  • Orlan Euale
  • Chance Jacoby
  • Amber Kardes
  • Michael Lane
  • Matthew Rajala
  • Tyler Skowronek

Faculty Advisor:

  • Jon Coullard

Company:

  • Algoma Steel

Industrial Contact:

  • Rani Lottey

Project Description: Trailer Beam Tester

Team Specialized Testing Systems (STS) was selected to work with Algoma Steel, a leader in the North American hot-rolled steel market located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

In order to gain market share, Algoma continuously seeks new markets for its products. The North American trucking industry was seen as an untapped emerging market for weight reduction and efficiency improvement. A lighter and stronger beam would reduce the weight of the hauling system and could either increase hauling capacity and/or decrease fuel consumption.

STS has been challenged to design and build a beam-testing machine to collect data on the capabilities of semi-trailer cross members. The machine will measure the effects of various vertical, torsion and cyclical loads that are applied to the cross member. Data will be collected, stored and analyzed with a PC-based system. Algoma will use the data as a set of baseline numbers to determine the desireable properties of any new cross member system that it may produce.

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Robotics...

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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