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Longtime friend of LSSU Engineering establishes new scholarship | Spring 2009

Introducing the Andersen Family Engineering Scholarship

Bob AndersenThe purpose of this $1200 non-renewable annual scholarship is to benefit a student(s) in any engineering-related course of study at Lake Superior State University. The named endowment is established by Mr. Robert G. Andersen. Bob, like his father and grandfather before him, continued the family engineering tradition. He recently retired from his engineering supervisor position with Continental (Teves) Automation Systems.

A long-time supporter of LSSU's engineering and engineering technology programs, Bob served as a senior project sponsor for more than seven years, and provided cooperative and employment opportunities for our students and graduates. He has received honorary "alumni status" with the department along with several recognitions by the university and the department.

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Faculty receive 1st place at ASEE Spring Conference | Spring 2009

Congratuations are in order to Prof. Paul Duesing and Dr. Wael Mokhtar for receiving the Best Paper Award at the ASEE North Central Section Spring Conference held at Grand Valley State University on April 3-4. The co-authored paper is entitled "Active Discovery and Engineering Problem Solving (EPS) Techniques - An Effective Approach to Teach a Freshman Level CAD Course."

The new teaching methodology was approved by LSSU Provost Dr. Scott Amos and implemented in EGME141 Solid Modeling. Emphasis is placed on providing students a focused task that requires learning the tools to render it as opposed to lecturing about the tools and then applying them. In this way, students use problem solving techniques to learn the applications of tools with a goal in mind.

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LSSU Teams place at ASME Conference | Spring 2009

students who participated at ASME in Dayton received a number of certificates of honor
Team members: Dale Burnham, MfgET, Plainwell, Mich.; Joe Betcher, ME, Trout Lake, Mich.; Bob Hemeleski, EE, Iron River, Mich.; Mark Stumpo, CE, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; (not pictured) Jonathan Lane, ME, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Members from senior projects Team Innovative Medical Training Devices (IMTD) and Team Rock Rover Design and Development (R2D2), as well as the LSSU Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (AMSE) traveled to Dayton, Ohio for the 2009 Student Professional Development Conference for District B. They were the largest contingent (18 participants) traveling the greatest distance to attend.

2nd Place: Student Design Competition - Senior Project Team R2D2

Team R2D2 designed, developed, fabricated, assembled and tested an omni-directional rover which took second place. They will advance to the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition’s student design competition on November 18, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Congratulations R2D2!

2nd Place: Old Guard Technical Poster Competition
"Simulated Arterial Blockages for Ultrasound Training"

Natasha Flynn, ME, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. represented the senior project Team IMTD, presented the team's poster at the conference, taking second place.
Team members: Ray Bergeron, ME, Grand Ledge, Mich.; Robert Camp, ME, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; Natasha Flynn, ME, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont; Lance Rood, EE, Shelby, Mich.; Mike Zavislak, EE, Washington, Mich.
The team designed and built a prototype of an ultrasound scan-able device, known as a dynamic flow phantom. The phantom will be used to aid in the training of future ultrasound technologists. It accurately simulates a variety of arterial blockages along with a range of flow characteristics. The system involves several different settings which closely imitate human blood flow and tissue characteristics. Team IMTD’s prototype will be used to substantiate Dr. George Chandran’s intellectual patent.

4th Place ASME Old Guard Oral Presentation
"Pick-up Trucks and Aerodynamic Drag CFD Analysis"

Robert Camp, ME, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
His presentation was based on research work performed with Dr. Mokhtar during the summer of 2008.

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Engineering banquet serves up its usual fare of awards and surprises | Winter 2009

Our emcees were Mike Zavislak and Jason Fall who did a fine job of running the evening's festivities. This was Mike's 4th and last year serving as an emcee.

The following outstanding graduates were announced, receiving clocks created on our CNC:

  • Outstanding Computer Engineer: Jordan Meyer
  • Outstanding Electrical Engineer: Michael Zavislak and Dave Stiles
  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineers: Joe Betcher and Joel Diemer
  • Outstanding Manufacturing Engineering Technologist: William Carolan
  • Outstanding Engineering Management: Jeremy Hotlen
  • Outstanding Engineering Athlete: Adam Smith

Congratulations to these graduates for their hard work, and exemplifying what it means to be a graduate of the Department of Engineering & Technology at LSSU.

Following the faculty and staff recognitions by the students of the Dean's Student Presidents Council (comprised by the presidents of each of the engineering organizations and members at large), the Big Resistor was passed on to Andrew Jones, leaving an empty spot on Prof. Paul Duesing's wall.

A rendition of Sonny & Cher's "I got you babe" contemplating the little screw by Dr. David Baumann (Sonny) and Morrie Walworth (Cher) primed the audience for the presentation of this year's Little Screw. Dr. Robert Hildebrand passed on the new Little Screw to Dr. David Baumann.

Dr. Andrew Jones kept the Big Nut & Tool under wraps as he explained the renovations, frequently peeking under the cloth. After the unveiling, the remotely-operated award, now consisting of the original Big Nut and Tool, a model train with a sound system proclaiming the award's name, and flashing lantern, automatically ran through it's steps. Now residing in Dr. Ron DeLap's office, should one walk a bit too close, the sequence will be set off.

The council members did an excellent job of organizing the banquet, soliciting door prizes and putting togher another memorable program.

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Scholarship meets face-to-face | Winter 2009

Mike Zavislak with Precision Edge representatives
Mike, pictured at center wearing a ball cap, is flanked by members of Precision Edge Surgical Intruments, Inc. From left they are: Doug Pascoe, controller; Stephanie Pins, quality control manager; Katie Pepin, accounting manager; and Duke Pepin, engineering manager. At right is then-LSSU president, Rodney Lowman.

Laker hockey was the background for a meeting of Precision Edge scholarship donors and recipient, Mike Zavislak, an electrical engineering senior from Washington Twp. The group enjoyed getting to know each other and watched the game from the president's box.

Update January 2010: Mike is pleased to announce his engagement to Helena, an LSSU nursing student. He has accepted a position in Chattanooga, beginning early winter 2010. A wedding is planned for summer 2011.


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Engineering students join the ranks of Alpha Chi | Fall 2008

This year's class of LSSU juniors granted membership to Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society included three engineering students: Tom McGrail, CE, of West Branch; Brian Reid, EE, of Ray; and Jonathan Valley, CE, of Standish. Only the top 10% of the junior and senior classes of LSSU is eligible for invitation to Alpha Chi.

The purpose of the society is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.

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Madl Manufacturing Engineering Technology Award debuts | Summer 2008

Jan and John Madl
Jan and John Madl are thanked by Dean Morrie Walworth for their award contribution. The slide rule is one of many items rescued by John and now hangs in the school office.

Professor Emeritus John Madl, and his wife, Jan, donated a $500 award for a full-time manufacturing engineering technology student who has earned at least 26 credits. The impetus behind the award was to help a struggling student.

"I struggled as a student and want to help someone in a similar situation. Perhaps part of the struggle is trying to do well as a result of having to work outside of school to be able to afford living and educational expenses," said John regarding the type of student he would like to see as a recipient. He's thinking of the person who works hard, studies hard, and contributes to LSSU but doesn't necessarily get top grades. That said, the requisite minimum GPA is 2.0.

Candidates should indicate a need for the award in their submission letter. Although the award is not automatically-renewable, recipients are eligible to reapply for it each year. Selection is made the faculty of the School of Engineering and Technology.

John Madl started teaching in the Engineering Department at the Soo Branch of MTU in 1967 after finishing his MSME at Michigan Technological University. He accepted early retirement in 2002 after 34 years of service to Lake Superior State University.

Jan (Osterhout) Madl was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. She received her RN from LSSU in 1982 and has since retired from War Memorial Hospital. They have three children: Janel Wallis, Dawn Cole, and Bryan Madl. John and Jan also have three grandsons.

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