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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
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John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

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Senior Projects 2007-2008

 

Team IVI Logo1 Intergrated Vasuclar Innovations
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Team Integrated Vascular Innovations

Members:

  • Aaron Hoffmann
  • Michael Stumpo
  • Stephen Tillotson

Faculty Advisor:

  • Andrew Jones

Company:

  • Cardio Vascular Research
    Institute of New Mexico

Industrial Contact:

  • Dr. George Chandran

Project Description: Thrombus Prevention Device

Team IVI designed a medical thrombosis prevention prototype to decrease the risk of lower-extremity venous thrombosis, blood clots in the leg veins of human individuals. It improves blood circulation by applying pressure to different parts of the patient’s lower extremities in a timed sequence. The parts of the device include two cuffs: one for the upper thigh and another around the foot along with a controller to synchronize the operation with an air pressure supply unit. It allows medical professionals to conduct clinical trials and produce documentation to assess the effectiveness and safety of the device.

Links to the 2007-2008 Teams:

Towards the Synthesis of a Guanidine- like Organo- catalyst

Rebecca Smrke

In the last decade, N-based heterocycles have surfaced as useful organocatalysts. With strong Lewis basicity, a rigid structure that allows for strong resonance, and electronic distribution, these catalysts become useful in both medicinal and industrial chemistry purposes. The desire to created new and unique cyclic guanidine catalysts has generated interest in this field. We proposed to synthesize cyclic guanidine catalysts through a short three step process: (1) alkylation of a commercial imidazoline, (2) annulations with the use of a β-aminocarboxylic acid under dehydrating conditions, and (3) thermal elimination. The first step, alkylation, was successfully completed. In step 2, the annulations reaction, there is evidence that it may have proceeded, but more research is needed to verify the result. As such, the final step of forming an organocatalyst, elimination, could not be completed. In the future, the reaction will be optimized to yield the desired product.

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