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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 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

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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John Kilponen

John Kilponen of Ann Arbor, MI studied the effects of Striped Maple (Acer Pennsylvanicum) removal on habitat use by White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on Hiawatha Sportsmanís Club land. His results showed that removal of an undesirable species of tree can create access to habitat that was previously inaccessible to White-tailed deer. Also, as sivicultural practices change the forest mosaic certain guidelines can alter the regrowth of the habitats. This research is important for people managing land for both forestry practices and wildlife habitat.

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