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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 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.

Links to the 2010-2011 Teams:

Reflective Writing in organic chemistry

Amy Wyss

Poor writing skills are negatively affecting both college readiness and communication in the workplace. Only 49.5% of students were deemed proficient writers on the 2011 Michigan Merit Exam, leading many educators to push for incorporation of writing into every classroom. To test if writing is an effective instructional strategy, this study integrated reflective writing into chemistry supplemental instruction and found a significant increase in studentsí performances on tests and quizzes.

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