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This webpage details the work  completed for the low-cost and robust linkage position sensor senior project. The project was completed for Caterpillar Inc. and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Bradley University. Phillip Latka and Leann Vernon, senior EE's working on the project, are advised by Dr. Jose Sanchez.

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Project Conclusions

Working in a convergence project is a unique atmosphere for undergraduate students. However, it allowed the design team to tackle a real-world business problem in a real-world environment. Through collaborative work, engineering testing, and business analysis the team was able to develop several possible designs, eliminate several designs based on known criteria, and then develop two designs in detail. Based on all of the information gathered in the process, the team recommends a dual structure implementation of the two designs to help Caterpillar save money, maintain the accuracy, and move forward to a future of autonomy.

About Us

  • Phillip Latka

    Phillip M. Latka was born in Homer Glen, Illinois in 1992. He studied at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration.

    During the summer of 2013, he worked as an intern at ComEd, the power utility provider of Chicago, Illinois. He worked in the Distribution Operations department and developed applications designed to improve productivity within the department. Phillip has accepted full time employment with ComEd as an Associate Engineer.


  • Leann Vernon

    Leann M. Vernon was born in Peoria, IL in July 1992. She studied at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Marketing.

    She has worked in a variety of positions including as a server at Flat Top Grill. Last summer, she completed an internship with Robert Bosch GmbH. During the school year, she worked as an undergraduate tutor at Bradley University. Ms. Vernon is currently a member of the Society of Women Engineers.