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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

 

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Team S.I.

Steering Innovations

Members:

  • Kyle Finlan
  • Jody Gillespie
  • Ben Kurth
  • Cory Lynch
  • Andrew Moran

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. David McDonald

Company:

  • Nexteer Automotive, Saginaw, Mich.

Industrial Contact:

  • Fred Berg, David Harris, and Adam Pfenninger

Project Description: Electonic Steering Column Clamping System

Team SI was tasked to optimize and build an electronic clamping module prototype. The system unlocks and locks a steering column allowing the user to adjust the position of the steering wheel and column with just the push of a button. The result is a module that is smaller and more cost effective than the original prototype. An add-on feature includes a wireless remote to actuate the system that will be available for an aftermarket version of the module.

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Impact in the real world...

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold

What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty. "I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans." [ more ]

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