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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."

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Senior Projects 2010-2011

 

ISI

Team ISS

Innovative Solar Solutions

ISS panels picture ISS team group picture

Members:

  • Ken Casperson
  • Chris Fill
  • Mike Gearing
  • Ray Greensky
  • Kevin Lidbeck

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Paul Weber

Company:

  • 3M

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Tim Hebrink

Project Description: Robotics System Integration

Team ISS designed, constructed, and tested a new prototype Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) array, based on a patent held by 3M, and developed by their Corporate Research Process Lab. The prototype uses stationary PV panels and articulated mirror panels to achieve an increased concentration of sunlight upon the PV panels. This enables the system to generate nearly equivalent power to conventional photovoltaic arrays while using fewer actual PV panels, commonly the most expensive part of any solar array. The team’s solar power conversion solution is potentially more cost-efficient than currently available technology, and demonstrates the successful application of the new 3M brand Cool Mirror Film to prove its usefulness to potential customers.

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Synthesis of Multicyclic Products ...

Josh Brown

“Synthesis of Multicyclic Products from Annulation Reaction of an Imadazoline and β-Hydroxy Carboxylic Acids”: Imidazolines are nitrogen containing hetercycles that can be found in natural products. They have unique properties particularly their ability to react with electrophiles and nucleophiles. If reacted with a molecule that contains both, imidazolines can undergo annulations to produce many interesting products. This study attempted to prepare a multicyclic product from the reaction of 1-benzyl-2-phenyl-2-imidazoline with salicyloyl chloride or salicylic acid under three different conditions to determine which was optimal. The first reaction is a two step process that uses salicyloyl chloride produced from salicylic acid. The salicyloyl chloride is then used in an annulations reaction with the imidazoline. Production of salicyloyl chloride by known methods failed. Conditions two and three attempted a similar annulations using the coupleing reagents BOP-Cl and EDC with salicylic acid and the imidazoline. These reagents work to bond the carboxylic acid to the imidazoline N and make the reaction one step. The EDC reaction failed to produce the right product, the BOP-Cl reaction appeared successful based on GCMS. However, during the purification the product was not able to be isolated.

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