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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."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

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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:

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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