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"I graduated from LSSU in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, and have since had a heavy focus in robotics and systems integration. I spent my first 7 years with FANUC in Rochester Hills as a product manager, and have since worked for Hartness International managing a robotic automation group. We continue to grow at a rapid pace, and will integrate 60+ robots this year and see no slow down in sight. My experience at LSSU has enabled me to take charge in this challenging and growing market."

Matt Job Business Unit Manager Automation Group Hartness International

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Senior Projects 2008-2009

 

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Team Iron-Horse Coupler Engineering

Members:

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

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones

Company:

  • 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:

Student Research...

Thaddeus Lewandowski Fisheries and Wildlife

Thaddeus assessed habitat changes over the past 11 years at the Vermilion Ecological Research Station, located some 10 miles west of Whitefish Point on Lake Superior. He compared vegetation records with a survey of current plant communities to describe aspects of ecological processes at the site. While changes to the landscape have occurred during the past decade, the effects may not significantly impact animals such as the Great Lakes endangered Piping Plover.

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