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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

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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Twisted Off Road Chassis


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

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand


  • 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:

Fourth Place

“Pick-up Trucks and Aerodynamic Drag CFD Analysis” Presentation by senior Robert Camp based on research work done with Dr. Mokhtar during summer 2008.

An engineer, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate, both orally and in writing. This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver oral presentations.

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