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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 2008-2009


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Team Iron-Horse Coupler Engineering


  • Andrew Athanasopoulos
  • Patrick Chin
  • Jacob Christensen
  • Erik McClain
  • Jordan Meyer

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones


  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Paul Duesing

Project Description:Remote Train Coupler System

Team ICE designed and built a remote-controlled train coupler system for ‘O’ scale model railroads with unique features not found in other systems. The design is closer to scale than current couplers and provides wireless control, computer connectivity via USB, and remote coupler activation at any track location. The innovation could revolutionize model railroading lead to procurement of patent rights for LSSU.

Links to the 2008-2009 Teams:

Second place

Design Competition Senior project Team Rock Rover Design & Development qualified to advance to the international student design competition on November 18, 2009.

ASME Student Design Expositions provide a platform for all engineering students to showcase their innovative design and build projects to a broad audience. Bringing practicing engineers, faculty and students into one venue, this program also provides educational and professional development opportunities for exhibitors as well as spectators. For students, it is an opportunity to demonstrate their products or present their design concepts to potential employers and even investors. For industry leaders, the Expos are like career fairs in reverse; an opportunity to observe the landscape of student design, get to know extraordinary engineering students in the region and see first-hand the innovative ideas and skills students can bring to their companies.

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