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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
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John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

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Senior Projects 2010-2011

 

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Team VIPERS

Vermilion Innovation Providers of Energy Research Solutions

Members:

  • Brad Ekin
  • Eric Hoxie
  • Jameson Mattice
  • John Preczewski
  • Ben Martin

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones

Company:

  • Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC)

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Charles Dawley

Project Description: Vermilion Point Project

Team VIPERS undertook the first phase of a 10-year project for Vermilion Point, located west of Whitefish Bay in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula for the non-profit land trust company, Little Traverse Conservancy. The main goals were establishing a communication infrastructure and an energy assessment. The team installed a weather station, constructed a communication network, and proposed an alternative energy solution to LTC for future phases of the project.

Links to the 2010-2011 Teams:

Determining Phthalate Concentra- tions in Children’s Toys by Gas Chromato- graphy Mass Spectro- metry

Kaitlin Hykel

The majority of plastic toys produced in today’s society come from foreign countries, with China being one of the leading manufacturers. Plastic is composed of various synthetic organic compounds such as phthalates, but they can impose serious health effects especially to young children. As a result, regulations have been put in place to monitor the use of these harmful compounds. This study focuses on the extraction of phthalates from children’s toys to determine whether the concentrations are within the range of regulated phthalate use.

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