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“I chose LSSU expecting a very good engineering education. What I didn’t expect was faculty with real-world engineering experience and abilities, labs with real-world equipment, projects with real-world outcomes, and an entire campus staff with real interest in my success, as a student and yet today. My LSSU engineering education has created or supported every desired career opportunity. LSSU was absolutely the right place for me.”

Dan Goodrich,
Mechanical Engineering 1999,
Vehicle Test & Development,
Electronic Brake Systems Group

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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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Robotics...

Dereck Wonnacutt Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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