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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
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Senior Projects 2010-2011

 

PRS

Team PRS

Pioneering Race Systems

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Members:

  • Steve Wilson

Faculty Advisor:

  • Mr. Jon Coullard

Company:

  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Prof. Paul Duesing

Project Description:Upgrade of SAE Mini Baja Transmission

PRS was given the task of designing and building a more robust transmission incorporating stronger chains and heavy duty sprockets, and redesigning the chain tensioning system of the SAE Mini Baja vehicle. The vehicle required greater durability for the harsh conditions of competition which includes hill climbs, mud bogs and rock crawls. The result is a transmission that requires less down time for repairs, providing a more competitive vehicle.

Links to the 2010-2011 Teams:

Habitat Removal: White- tailed Deer

John Kilponen

John Kilponen of Ann Arbor, MI studied the effects of Striped Maple (Acer Pennsylvanicum) removal on habitat use by White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on Hiawatha Sportsmanís Club land. His results showed that removal of an undesirable species of tree can create access to habitat that was previously inaccessible to White-tailed deer. Also, as sivicultural practices change the forest mosaic certain guidelines can alter the regrowth of the habitats. This research is important for people managing land for both forestry practices and wildlife habitat.

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