Friday, 18 of April of 2014

Category » Senior Projects

Aero Design Team – wings and landing gear – Christopher Jurczak – 2008

Christopher Jurczak (2008 Dual Mechanical Engineering/Physics graduate) was part of a 3 person Aero Design team that worked on the wings and landing gear for Lawrence Tech’s 2008 SAE Aero Design Competition Team. The purpose of this project was to design, build, and test the wings and landing gear of a radio controlled aircraft which will be used to provide lift and landing capability to sustain a given payload for the aircraft. The key business goals were the design and construction of the most efficient set of wings while keeping weight to a minimum and a light weight and strong set of landing gear, with the primary market being radio airplane enthusiasts and engineering students and major stakeholders being members of the design team, financial donors, and Lawrence Technological University.  Physics advisor: Dr. Scott Schneider (

Astronomy calcuations – Earth’s orbit – various methods – Thomas Brisby – 2007

Thomas Brisby (2007 Physics graduate) performed various calculations to iterate the orbit parameters for the Earth.  These involved comparing the accuracies of Euler’s Method, 4th order Runga Kutta, and a dynamical time series method suggested by astronomy Jean Meeus.  Tom analyzed high accuracy kepler calculations (which included a selected number of solar system objects) with Meeus’ dynamical time series calculations and studied how the differences grew over time and orbits.  As part of the project, Tom sharpened his computational skills as well as his numerical methods knowledge.  Advisor: Dr. Scott Schneider (

Rouge River Watershed – Biochemical Water Quality Testing

Phil Lucus – Senior Project in Chemical Biology

Research on the watershed is of particular importance to Lawrence Technological University, since the university is placing large efforts into creating “green zones” for our runoffs to help clean up the Great Lakes. Testing the watershed’s water quality may help determine “hot” points of pollution discharging into the river.