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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 2012-2013

Team SVT

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Team SVT pictured from left: Faculty Advisor Prof. David McDonald; Dean Dr. David R. Finley, P.E.; Christopher Dalpra, MfgET; Dennis Ross, ME; Kirk Harris, EE; Tara Bioty, ME

Team SVT: Superior Vehicle Testing

Members:

  • Tara Bioty, ME
  • Christopher Dalpra, MfgET
  • Kirk Harris, EE
  • Dennis Ross, ME

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. David McDonald

Company:

  • LSSU Engineering

Industrial Contact:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Project Description: Vehicle Dynamometer Testing Systems

Vehicle Dynamometer Testing Systems are widely used in the design, building, and manufacture of all type of vehicles. Team SVT designed, and built a small scale, bench-top dynamometer system for use in LSSU's vehicle systems courses. The system operates in a similar manor as a full scale dynamometer, including torque and speed control and measurement via a computer-based data acquisition system.

Team SVT also made significant safety and functionality upgrades to the LSSU chassis dynamometer system. The upgrades focused on the redesign and implementation of several safety systems as well as significant upgrades to the real-time instrumentation, data-acquisition, and data analysis features

Team SVT with Contental Dynamometer device

bench-top dynamometer

Team SVT (left) stands with the bench-top dynamometer (seen above) and the vehicle loaned by Continental Automotive for testing on the full-sized dynamometer.

Links to the 2012-13 Senior Project Teams:

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