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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 2011-2012

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Team ISI
International Solar Innovation

Members:

  • Nicole Carstensen, ME
  • Nikolai Dowd, CE
  • Justin Lacroix, ME
  • Eduardo Sarda, ME
  • Brad Starks, EE

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. Paul Weber, Ph.D.

Company:

  • 3M of W, Minnesota

Industrial Contact:

  • Tim Hebrink

Project Description: Concentrated Photovoltaic System

Team ISS project that will be upgraded by Team ISI

Team ISI will analyze and improve upon the prototype solar array system designed by the 2010-11 senior project team ISS (Innovative Solar Solutions). The enhancements will include the optimization of the housing design adn electronics that contain and control the solar array incorporating 3M Brand Cool Mirror Film. The focus will be on cost reduction, improved manufacurability, and increased power output.

At left, 2010-11 team ISS works on the initial prototype array.

Links to the 2011-12 Senior Project Teams:

Failing Infiltrator Chamber Septic Systems in Chippewa County

Jordan Lechowicz

The Chippewa County Health Department has been having an issue with chamber system septic drainage systems failing prematurely. These chambers serve the same purpose as the traditional pipe and stone drainage system but take up less space and don’t require the installation of stone, making them attractive to homeowners. To help find out why these chambers have been failing prematurely, homeowners were asked to take a survey outlining their basic water quality and usages. Homeowners were also asked to submit a tap water sample to be analyzed for ion concentration using ion chromatography. The survey results showed no negligence on the homeowner’s septic care, but the sample size may be too small for the survey to reveal any useful patterns. Ion analysis found that of the ions tested, all were found to be within the limits set by the health department for satisfactory water quality. More ions and a larger sample size are needed to better understand the problem faced by the Chippewa County Health Department.

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