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"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

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John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

School of Engineering & Technology

Senior Projects 2013-2014

Team ABI and braking device

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Team ABI: Automated Braking Innovations


  • Riley Lytwynec, CpE
  • Ben Newland, ME
  • Danial Rutkowski, EE
  • Nick Sadro, EE

Faculty Advisors:

  • Prof. Dave McDonald
  • Mr. David Leach


  • Continental, Auburn Hills, MI

Industrial Customers:

  • Travis Smith
  • Dam Goodrich

Project Description: Team Automated Braking Innovations (ABI) is tasked with the design and construction of an automated brake applier. This brake applier will be implemented on the hardware-in-loop (HIL) brake testing system at Continental Automotive, a world leading original equipment manufacturer in the automotive industry. Team ABI will be responsible for developing both an actuator system to depress the brake pedal and a control system to ensure that the force is accurately and safely applied.

Currently, Continental Automotive test engineers manually operate the HIL system as a driver would operate a car. However, standardized tests are difficult for a human tester to recreate, as the tester lacks precision and accuracy of a mechanical system. By implementing the automated brake applier, the brake pedal can be applied based on previous test data or standardized test parameters.
ABI faces the challenge of developing a mount for the actuator system such that it can be adjusted for a wide variety of brake pedal systems. The mount and actuator system will have to compensate for varying pedal positions and arc shapes.

Links to the 2013-14 Senior Project Teams:

Second Place

“Simulated Arterial Blockages for Ultrasound Training" Presentation by Natasha Flynn of senior project Team Innovative Medical Training Devices.

Engineers, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate. This poster competition, held at the local District Student Conferences, is designed to emphasize the ability to deliver a visual presentation. Subject matter is to be related to some area in the field of mechanical engineering.

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