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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 2011-2012

 

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Team CH
Concept Hydraulic

Members:

  • Henry Aimila, ME
  • David Grasch, ME
  • Chad Leask, ME

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. Robert Hildebrand, Ph.D.

Company:

  • Superior Fabrication of Kinross, Michigan

Industrial Contact:

  • Ian Moore

Project Description: Design and Prototype Hose Reel for Forklift

Team CH will design a hose reel for forklifts that will be either a single function (two hoses) or twin function (four hoses), left-handed or right-handed model. The design will involve a modular system that utlizes a minimal number of parts to achieve a single or twin function. Further, the design will be analyzed using finite element analysis (FEA) and fluid dynamics software, as well as cycle testing of a prototype using Superior Fabrication's test platform.

Links to the 2011-12 Senior Project 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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