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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
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Senior Projects 2012-2013

Team SVT

Team SVT logo

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


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

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. David McDonald


  • 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:

Second place

Design Competition Senior project Team Rock Rover Design & Development qualified to advance to the international student design competition on November 18, 2009.

ASME Student Design Expositions provide a platform for all engineering students to showcase their innovative design and build projects to a broad audience. Bringing practicing engineers, faculty and students into one venue, this program also provides educational and professional development opportunities for exhibitors as well as spectators. For students, it is an opportunity to demonstrate their products or present their design concepts to potential employers and even investors. For industry leaders, the Expos are like career fairs in reverse; an opportunity to observe the landscape of student design, get to know extraordinary engineering students in the region and see first-hand the innovative ideas and skills students can bring to their companies.

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