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VETERAN PITCHMEN – Lake Superior State University students who make up the working group Superior AquaSystems pose for a team photo after landing the Judge's Choice award at the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge, held Feb. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The team pulled together expertise in fisheries management, engineering, and marketing to float a business plan to develop ultra efficient, micro-operation fish farms in Michigan. In this, the second time that LSSU fielded a team in the Venture Challenge, Superior AquaSystems went head-to-head with 21 teams from other Michigan universities. The $5,000 prize joins an earlier $2,000 micro-grant from Michigan Clean Energy, and another $7,000 equipment grant from a member of the Michigan Aquaculture Association. The plan now heads into further refinement, either as a senior thesis project or as an initiative consolidated through LSSU's Product Development Center. From left are Garret Price, a junior in fisheries and wildlife management from Luzerne, Mich.; Daniel Walker a senior in computer science from Rockford, Mich.; Alexander Schroeder a senior in electrical engineering from Kentwood, Mich.; Tyler Jackson, a sophomore in fisheries and wildlife management from Clyde, Mich.; Noel Granger, a senior in international business from Fraser, Mich.; and Zachary Prause, a junior in fisheries and wildlife management from Wyoming, Mich. The team is advised by Barbara Evans from Biological Sciences, Ralf Wilhelms from International Business, Paul Weber from Electrical Engineering, and Roger Greil, LSSU’s Aquatic Research Lab manager. (Photo by John Shibley)
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