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"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Twisted Off Road Chassis

Members:

  • Jon Paul LaFave
  • Jeremy Jensen
  • Tom MacMillan
  • Chris Valinski
  • Chris Winkler

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Company:

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

Industrial Contact:

  • Ray Adams and Paul Duesing

Project Description: Universal Steering Column Validator

Team Twisted Off Road Chassis (TORC) is part of an effort to design and build a chassis for an off-road vehicle to compete in the 2006-07 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Competition in Rochester, N.Y. Our sister team, Superior Drivetrain Solutions (SDS), is responsible for the drivetrain.

The Mini Baja off-road vehicle is lightweight and low cost. TORC will use modern numerical stress analysis techniques along with the basic principles of vehicle dynamics to design the frame, roll cage, and suspension of the Mini Baja vehicle. To ensure durability of the vehicle, all analyses will be based on demanding off-road conditions. Once built, the vehicle will be extensively tested in order to optimize the design.The final product will be a race-worthy vehicle ready for the summer 2007 SAE Mini Baja competiton.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

Failing Infiltrator Chamber Septic Systems in Chippewa County

Jordan Lechowicz

The Chippewa County Health Department has been having an issue with chamber system septic drainage systems failing prematurely. These chambers serve the same purpose as the traditional pipe and stone drainage system but take up less space and donít require the installation of stone, making them attractive to homeowners. To help find out why these chambers have been failing prematurely, homeowners were asked to take a survey outlining their basic water quality and usages. Homeowners were also asked to submit a tap water sample to be analyzed for ion concentration using ion chromatography. The survey results showed no negligence on the homeownerís septic care, but the sample size may be too small for the survey to reveal any useful patterns. Ion analysis found that of the ions tested, all were found to be within the limits set by the health department for satisfactory water quality. More ions and a larger sample size are needed to better understand the problem faced by the Chippewa County Health Department.

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