Enterprise Program

Enterprise Program

Innovation. Research. Entrepreneurship. Leadership. If you prefer to meet challenges head-on and learn by doing, Michigan Tech’s Enterprise program is for you.

Through Enterprise, you’ll work with other Michigan Tech students to find solutions for some of business and industry’s most intriguing problems. You could work directly with organizations like 3M, Ford, IBM Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, the National Science Foundation, and others. Crazy-smart is only the beginning—this is the real deal. In the end, you will have gained…

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Project management experience
  • Team working ability and leadership skills
  • Global awareness
  • Meaningful connections with industry leaders

Our Enterprise Program offers the kind of experience that top employers are looking for. Our students’ experiences—and results—speak for themselves…

Aerospace earned first place in the University Nanosat Program and will launch their satellite into space in 2015.

CinOptic Communication and Media provides full-service professional communication and media development, including audio, video, writing, web design, technical documentation, and
other communication support.

Blizzard Baja designs and manufactures a tough, single-seat vehicle prototype for off-road enthusiasts. The team finished eighth out of 95 teams in the United States at the Baja SAE competition in Wisconsin.

Green Campus Enterprise helps Michigan Tech reduce its carbon footprint. Projects include a study on computing practices, reducing the electrical consumption of lighting, and a competition between residence halls to see who can save energy and recycle the most.

The Clean Snowmobile Enterprise competes in the annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Competition—hosted by and at Michigan Tech—and routinely finishes among the top for their effort, creativity, execution, and good sportsmanship.

International Business Ventures offers a unique opportunity for students to learn how to work cooperatively to develop and bring to market much needed new products. Projects include an infant heart annunciator and a ventilation device, both low-cost and designed specifically for use in third-world countries where such medical equipment is in short supply.

You can get involved with any of the following Enterprise teams.

Communications

Cin/Optic Communication and Media

Cin/Optic Communication and Media

Industry Partner: Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program
Faculty Advisor: 
Erin Smith
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 27

As an Enterprise team led and managed by students, Cin/Optic Communication and Media's goal is to develop student skills in the areas of video design and production. By balancing the creative and technical aspects of video, the primary goal is to focus on clients' needs and expectations, while developing artistically engineered products. By capitalizing on creative and technical strengths, concomitantly fortifying relationships with businesses (local or global), video technology corporations, talent, and audiences, Cin/Optic Media stands to broaden Michigan Tech students' education in the media industry through real-world business experience.

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Husky Game Development

Husky Game Development

Industry Partners: Chrysler Group LLC
Faculty Advisor:
 Scott Kuhl
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 18
Disciplines Needed: Scientific & Technical Communication, Education, Computer Science, Business, Arts & Design; all are welcome

Our mission is to design and develop games for business, education, and fun. We work as an interdisciplinary, student-run Enterprise that fosters productivity, creativity, and effective business practices. Our members work in small teams of four to six people, exploring a wide variety of video game engines and platforms, including Windows, Android, Xbox, and an experimental Display Wall and three-dimensional motion-tracking system. The team competes in a local 24-hour game development challenge, the Houghton Game Jam, and recently co-hosted BonzAI Brawl, an AI coding competition. One of the group’s games, Arcane Brawlers, was recently released on Xbox Marketplace. Game on!

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Wireless Communication

Wireless Communication

Industry Partner: Chrysler, Concept 2, HGST, IRHC Broomball, Kyocera, MTS Systems Corporation, Technical Expert Networkn
Faculty Advisor: Christopher (Kit) Cischke
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 3
Disciplines Needed: All majors!! EE CE ME BA Bio STC CPE, you name it we need it

Whether you’re into vehicle information and controls, robotics, or medical information solutions, the Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE) has a project for you. The group specializes in a variety of wireless, optical, renewable-energy, and biomedical technologies—from embedding pacemaker data onto Smartphones to designing an autonomous robot utilizing GPS technology.  WCE functions as a model of an engineering company with a variety of different project teams. Small teams allow students to be very involved in project work and give students the opportunity to gain technical skills, business presentation skills, and leadership experience. WCE offers a variety of projects involving wireless technologies, such as RFID and Bluetooth, as well as many other projects well suited for electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering students. Past projects include design of a mobile printing application, a GPS-guided robot, an arcade game, a mobile application for vehicle HVAC control, and design of a supplemental solar-power system for a school. WCE works as an entrepreneurial think tank, generating ideas that yield useful results for industry and consumers alike; new challenges from are always welcome!

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Electronics, Computers & Robotics

Aerospace

Aerospace

Enterprise TeamAerospace Spacecraft Design
Industry Partners: ABSL Space Products, AeroPhysics, AFOSR/AFRL/AIAA, AGI, Altia, AMP Netconnect, Analog Devices, Bartington, C&R Technologies, Connect Tech Inc., Dumore Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries, PCB Piezotronics, Raytheon, SAIC, Systems Integration Plus Inc., The Mathworks, TiNi Aerospace Inc., Tyco Electronics, Wind River
Faculty AdvisorDr. L. Brad King
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 21
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC, PH

The Aerospace Enterprise was established to provide hands-on aerospace education and experience to Michigan Tech undergraduate students. Its objective is to design and fly several Michigan Tech student-built spacecraft. In pursuit of this objective, emphasis will be placed on space mission design and analysis, vehicle integration, systems engineering, and comprehensive ground-testing and qualification.  Currently the Aerospace Enterprise is assembling and testing the Oculus-ASR nanosatellite in conjunction with the Air Force Research Lab.  Oculus-ASR advances space situational awareness by allowing ground-based observers the opportunity to anchor algorithms capable of determining spacecraft altitude using unresolved optical imagery.  In 2012, the Enterprise participated in the University Nanosatellite Program competition and took first place, earning a launch position on a SpaceX Falcom Heavy in 2015..

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Blue Marble Security

Blue Marble Security

Industry Partner: ArcelorMittal, Fives Dyag, NCIAA and Dr. Adrienne Minerick
Faculty Advisor: Glen Archer
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 2
Disciplines Needed: All

Prepare for a high-achieving career in technology as an undergraduate with the Blue Marble Security Enterprise. Blue Marble Security is a virtual company of undergraduate students focused on securing the future through thoughtful use of technology and has developed a culture that fosters high professional standards, creativity, productivity, and a burning desire to learn. This student-led company combines a rich educational experience in engineering design, team building, project management, and original product development. Some notable projects include an autonomous robot built to compete in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, a simple heart rate monitor for education and community outreach, and a portable blood typing device. Additionally, the enterprise has two industry-sponsored projects involving metal fracture analysis and an employee resource scheduling database. The word “security” for BMS is defined by the provision of technological support to a nation‘s defense, corporate economy, and the personal well-being of all its people. BMS strives to improve an individual‘s safety, security, and health through the use of resourceful creativity. With this experience, BMS graduates are ready for the world‘s most challenging careers.

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Husky Game Development

Husky Game Development

Industry Partners: Chrysler Group LLC
Faculty Advisor:
 Scott Kuhl
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 18
Disciplines Needed: Scientific & Technical Communication, Education, Computer Science, Business, Arts & Design; all are welcome

Our mission is to design and develop games for business, education, and fun. We work as an interdisciplinary, student-run Enterprise that fosters productivity, creativity, and effective business practices. Our members work in small teams of four to six people, exploring a wide variety of video game engines and platforms, including Windows, Android, Xbox, and an experimental Display Wall and three-dimensional motion-tracking system. The team competes in a local 24-hour game development challenge, the Houghton Game Jam, and recently co-hosted BonzAI Brawl, an AI coding competition. One of the group’s games, Arcane Brawlers, was recently released on Xbox Marketplace. Game on!

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Industry Partner:  General Motors
Coordinators: Robert Page, John Lukowski
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 04

Strip a vehicle down, rebuild it, make it better: that’s the drill for the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise. Working with a new Chevrolet Cruze (donated by General Motors), teams of students are tackling all components of electric vehicle performance: control system development, CAD design, electric accessory designs, suspension and ride tuning, hybrid powertrain, aerodynamic body components, and more.

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ITOxygen

ITOxygen

Industry Partner: bluesky Health, CCI Systems, Target
Faculty Advisor:  Russ Louks
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 10
Disciplines Needed: CS, BA, STC, All Engineering

The ITOxygen Enterprise is a student-run business focusing on developing Information System and Information Technology solutions. With expertise in systems and information analysis, software development, database design, and web-based application development, the group serves a variety of local and regional clients on projects ranging from an open-source donor tracking system to a dashboard website that manages daily operations for a large-scale theater.

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Open Source Hardware

Open Source Hardware

Industry Partner:  
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Pearce
Course Number:  ENT 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 33
Disciplines Needed:  All are welcome.  Specific needs include BA, CS, EE, MEEM, MSE, MTE, STC

The Open Source Hardware Enterprise aims to link high school, college and professional organizations through the development of open source hardware.  The initial focus of the enterprise is to develop high value products (e.g. scientific equipment) from rapid prototyping and reuse of waste materials (e.g. glass, plastic and newspaper) but will expand into development of equipment to assist in local food production and open source appropriate technology for the global community.  All designs will be open source and will be licensed in such a way as to ensure non-exclusivity. 

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Robotics Systems

Robotics Systems

Industry Partner: ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, General Motors
Faculty Advisor: Alex Sergeyev
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 15
Disciplines Needed: All welcome, especially need MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC

The Robotics Systems Enterprise bridges high school students, college undergraduates, and members of industry in exciting, hands-on robotics projects. Through real industry research and development, engineering, programming, marketing, and some hard work (and serious play), the group—with help from local youth—builds the coolest, most capable robot they can imagine, then tries to steal the gold at the annual FIRST Robotics Competition.

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Environment

Alternative Energy Enterprise

Alternative Energy Enterprise

Industry Partner:  Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center, Dow Corning, Ford Motor Company, 3M
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wenzhen Li and Jay Meldrum
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 23
Disciplines Needed: All welcome especially need CM, ME, EE, BA, STC

Look at energy in a new (solar) light with the Alternative Fuels Group (AFG) Enterprise. The group focuses on investigating and creating a variety of alternative energies—from solar vehicle propulsion and biodiesel-fueled street sweepers to methanol production from natural gas and more. You can build your résumé while working with high-profile sponsors and partners like US Army TACOM.

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Forestry and Environmental Resource Management (FERM)

Forestry and Environmental Resource Management (FERM)

Industry Partner:  Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center, United States Forest Service
Faculty Advisor: James C. Rivard
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 25

For students seeking careers in forestry and ecology, the Forestry and Environmental Resource Management (FERM) Enterprise is an invaluable, one-of-a-kind opportunity. The residency-style program offers undergraduate students the chance to work and learn in the University’s own 5,500-acre research forest. Projects include trail expansions, timbersales, fish cribs, deer exclosures, habitat research for an endangered species of bird, and a variety of other real-world forest management opportunities.

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Green Campus

Green Campus

Faculty Advisor: Chris Wojick
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 30

Are you always thinking of ways to improve sustainability and reduce your carbon footprint? If so, the Green Campus Enterprise is the group for you. The team has one mission: to “green” Michigan Tech through a variety of initiatives. Currently, the group is researching the feasibility of installing a solar thermal panel and a wind turbine, measuring carbon emissions, and assessing energy consumption and waste-reduction strategies for computers. 

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Supermileage Systems

Supermileage Systems

Industry Partners: 3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, CumminsDeere Foundation, DENSO North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, MAHLE Powertrain, Mathworks, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Oshkosh Corporation
Faculty Advisor: Rick Berkey
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 13
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CPE, BA, STC, others are welcome.

The result: a super high-mileage vehicle built around a 3.5 HP Briggs & Stratton, 4-stroke single-cylinder engine. To handle the complex job of creating such a vehicle, it takes the work of the Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE). Working as a team, students design and develop components based on automotive systems, vehicle functionality, sound engineering, and more. At the end of each year’s project: the chance to compete against other universities for glory (and the gold).  

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Human Health & Interface

Humane Interface Design

Humane Interface Design

Industry Partner: Chrysler LLC
Faculty Advisor: Robert Pastel
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 19

Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE), provides students an opportunity  to design, develop and evaluate interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. Initially, the group is working on building a driver simulator and evaluating Chrysler's U-connect radio and display—a touch screen display found in current luxury model cars.

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International Business Ventures

International Business Ventures

Industry Partner:  Heyer America, McAllister Foundation
Principal Advisors
Robert WarringtonAnne Warrington, and Michael Neuman
Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 Section 16

An Enterprise with plenty of heart, International Business Ventures (IBV) works to create new products and technologies for people in developing countries. Through innovative research and development, financial analysis, marketability, and international partnerships with universities throughout the world, the group seeks to bring cutting-edge technology to the people who need it most. Case in point: students from IBV travelled to Ghana to test and implement an inexpensive new infant heart rate monitor.

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Materials & Manufacturing

Advanced Metalworks

Advanced Metalworks

Industry Partner: Alcoa, ArcelorMittal USA, Eck Industries, Forging Industry Association, GE Aviation, Linamar, Magline, Inc., Meritor, Waupaca Foundries, Inc. 
Faculty Advisor: Paul Sanders, Materials Science and Engineering
Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 /5950 / 5960 - Section 1
Disciplines Needed: ME, MET, MSE, EE, EET, Business, STC

In 2009, the Innovative Castings (ICE) and Program in Integrated Sustainable Manufacturing (PrISM) Enterprises officially merged to create the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME).  The merger leveraged ICE’s strengths in metal casting with PrISM’s product development and manufacturing competencies.  AME seeks to expand its foundry facilities to encompass a wider range of solidification processes including die casting, investment casting and continuous casting.  Students model, fabricate and characterize metallic systems, such as aluminum, iron, zinc, titanium and nickel-based alloys.Ready to get your hands on high-impact metal-casting projects? Cast a wider net with the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). Work with high-quality metals and metallic components to fabricate patterns, molds, dies, and other specialized components for industry sponsors—all in our state-of-the-art casting and metallurgy labs. Companies routinely seek our students for summer internships and full-time positions.

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BoardSport Technologies

BoardSport Technologies

Industry Partners: ArcelorMittal
Faculty Advisor: Ibrahim Miskioglu
Course Number:
ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 11

The BoardSport Technologies Enterprise (BST) strives to produce new, refined, and attractive boards by making them lighter, stronger, and with innovative materials. BST focuses on the engineering, design, and manufacturing of skis, snowboards, skateboards, longboards, wakeboards, and other products related to the board sports industry. 

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Consumer Product Manufacturing

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Industry Partner: Dr. Robert Carnahan, Cinetic Automation, Kimberly Clark, nanoMag, MTU Pavlis Institute, MTU Sustainable Futures Institute
Faculty Advisors: Tony Rogers and Sean Clancey
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 8
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CM, CS, FW, BA, STC

CPM aims to empower students with the entrepreneurial, technical, and professional skills to conceive, develop, and market successful products in a company setting. Skills learned in conceiving and designing innovative products and improving manufacturing processes will be readily applicable to other types of products and commodities. In addition, all majors are welcome to contribute to the team and its goals.  The team’s most recent projects include optimizing manufacturing processes, developing improved drying methods for commercial part washers, optimizing and designing a sustainable aquaponics system, improving watershed models to provide advanced flood warning, integrating high-tech materials into athletic equipment, tailoring biochar production to meet the needs of developing countries, and working with a commercial partner to produce charcoal fuel for cook stoves in West Africa..

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Open Source Hardware

Open Source Hardware

Industry Partner:  
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Pearce
Course Number:  ENT 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 33
Disciplines Needed:  All are welcome.  Specific needs include BA, CS, EE, MEEM, MSE, MTE, STC

The Open Source Hardware Enterprise aims to link high school, college and professional organizations through the development of open source hardware.  The initial focus of the enterprise is to develop high value products (e.g. scientific equipment) from rapid prototyping and reuse of waste materials (e.g. glass, plastic and newspaper) but will expand into development of equipment to assist in local food production and open source appropriate technology for the global community.  All designs will be open source and will be licensed in such a way as to ensure non-exclusivity. 

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Technology

Digital Mapping

Digital Mapping Enterprise

Industry Partner:  Michigan Tech School of Technology
Faculty Advisor: Eugene Levin
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 28
Disciplines Needed:  Geology, Civil Engineering, Forestry, Computer Science, Surveying

The Digital Mapping Enterprise (DME) aims to implement real-life geospatial mapping projects relying on the processing of aerial, satellite, and UAV imagery: LIDAR, Radar, IfSAR, and Hydrographic sonar data as well as GPS/GNSS, electronic instruments and surveying materials.  More importantly, the mapping projects facilitate students’ deep understanding of various geospatial disciplines including photogrammetry, remote sensing, geodesy, image interpretation, digital cartography and GIS.

Efficiency through Engineering and Construction

Efficiency through Engineering and Construction

Industry Partners:  Ford Motor Company Fund, Energy Works of Michigan
Advisor
Lynn A. Artman, PE, School of Technology
Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 14
Courses: Student team-member enrollment - Section 14

Ask most engineers and they’ll tell you that the best projects are about hands-on problem solving to better the lives of others. Enter the Efficiency through Engineering and Construction Enterprise, a group of students working together as a small business to help local low-income and elderly homeowners. The team strategizes methods for making homes more energy efficient—winterizing, sealing air passages, upgrading insulation—and then works with local contractors to put those plans into action.

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Husky Game Development

Husky Game Development

Industry Partners: Chrysler Group LLC
Faculty Advisor:
 Scott Kuhl
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 18
Disciplines Needed: Scientific & Technical Communication, Education, Computer Science, Business, Arts & Design; all are welcome

Our mission is to design and develop games for business, education, and fun. We work as an interdisciplinary, student-run Enterprise that fosters productivity, creativity, and effective business practices. Our members work in small teams of four to six people, exploring a wide variety of video game engines and platforms, including Windows, Android, Xbox, and an experimental Display Wall and three-dimensional motion-tracking system. The team competes in a local 24-hour game development challenge, the Houghton Game Jam, and recently co-hosted BonzAI Brawl, an AI coding competition. One of the group’s games, Arcane Brawlers, was recently released on Xbox Marketplace. Game on!

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International Business Ventures

International Business Ventures

Industry Partner:  Heyer America, McAllister Foundation
Principal Advisors
Robert WarringtonAnne Warrington, and Michael Neuman
Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 Section 16

An Enterprise with plenty of heart, International Business Ventures (IBV) works to create new products and technologies for people in developing countries. Through innovative research and development, financial analysis, marketability, and international partnerships with universities throughout the world, the group seeks to bring cutting-edge technology to the people who need it most. Case in point: students from IBV travelled to Ghana to test and implement an inexpensive new infant heart rate monitor.

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Nanotech Innovations

Nanotech Innovations

Industry Partner:  National Science Foundation
Faculty Advisor: John Jaszczak

Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 26

Their motto: “Students creating the future one atom at a time.” The students involved with Michigan Tech’s Nanotech Innovations Enterprise are working to fulfill that credo by researching, developing, and marketing nanotechnology-related products and services, and sharing their knowledge and experiences with high school students and teachers along the way. Projects include an anti-vibration table; a student-run business, Naturally Graphite, that markets and sells graphite crystals; and a LEGO®-based scanning probe microscope.

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Open Source Hardware

Open Source Hardware

Industry Partner:  
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Pearce
Course Number:  ENT 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 33
Disciplines Needed:  All are welcome.  Specific needs include BA, CS, EE, MEEM, MSE, MTE, STC

The Open Source Hardware Enterprise aims to link high school, college and professional organizations through the development of open source hardware.  The initial focus of the enterprise is to develop high value products (e.g. scientific equipment) from rapid prototyping and reuse of waste materials (e.g. glass, plastic and newspaper) but will expand into development of equipment to assist in local food production and open source appropriate technology for the global community.  All designs will be open source and will be licensed in such a way as to ensure non-exclusivity. 

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Robotics Systems

Robotics Systems

Industry Partner: ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, General Motors
Faculty Advisor: Alex Sergeyev
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 15
Disciplines Needed: All welcome, especially need MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC

The Robotics Systems Enterprise bridges high school students, college undergraduates, and members of industry in exciting, hands-on robotics projects. Through real industry research and development, engineering, programming, marketing, and some hard work (and serious play), the group—with help from local youth—builds the coolest, most capable robot they can imagine, then tries to steal the gold at the annual FIRST Robotics Competition.

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Vehicle Design & Transportation

Advanced Motorsports

Advanced Motorsports

The Advanced Motor Sports (AMS) Enterprise oversees the work of Tech’s four vehicle competition Enterprise teams: Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, and Supermileage Systems. While each operates as a separate Enterprise, AMS encourages the teams to share talent, resources, and opportunities. Whether you’re into safety, powertrain controls, emissions, or chassis vehicle systems, you’ll find your fit—and the opportunity to work with industry sponsors like 3M, Chrysler, Ford, Caterpillar, and more—with AMS.

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Aerospace

Aerospace

Enterprise TeamAerospace Spacecraft Design
Industry Partners: ABSL Space Products, AeroPhysics, AFOSR/AFRL/AIAA, AGI, Altia, AMP Netconnect, Analog Devices, Bartington, C&R Technologies, Connect Tech Inc., Dumore Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries, PCB Piezotronics, Raytheon, SAIC, Systems Integration Plus Inc., The Mathworks, TiNi Aerospace Inc., Tyco Electronics, Wind River
Faculty AdvisorDr. L. Brad King
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 21
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC, PH

The Aerospace Enterprise was established to provide hands-on aerospace education and experience to Michigan Tech undergraduate students. Its objective is to design and fly several Michigan Tech student-built spacecraft. In pursuit of this objective, emphasis will be placed on space mission design and analysis, vehicle integration, systems engineering, and comprehensive ground-testing and qualification.  Currently the Aerospace Enterprise is assembling and testing the Oculus-ASR nanosatellite in conjunction with the Air Force Research Lab.  Oculus-ASR advances space situational awareness by allowing ground-based observers the opportunity to anchor algorithms capable of determining spacecraft altitude using unresolved optical imagery.  In 2012, the Enterprise participated in the University Nanosatellite Program competition and took first place, earning a launch position on a SpaceX Falcom Heavy in 2015..

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Alternative Energy Enterprise

Alternative Energy Enterprise

Industry Partner:  Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center, Dow Corning, Ford Motor Company, 3M
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wenzhen Li and Jay Meldrum
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 23
Disciplines Needed: All welcome especially need CM, ME, EE, BA, STC

Look at energy in a new (solar) light with the Alternative Fuels Group (AFG) Enterprise. The group focuses on investigating and creating a variety of alternative energies—from solar vehicle propulsion and biodiesel-fueled street sweepers to methanol production from natural gas and more. You can build your résumé while working with high-profile sponsors and partners like US Army TACOM.

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Blizzard Baja SAE

Blizzard Baja SAE

Industry Partners:  A&P Technology, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Aristo-Cast, Aurora Bearing Company, AutoDesk, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Cummins, DENSO, Ford, GM, Hydro-Force, John Deere, Kohler, Mitsubishi Electric, Pi Innovo, Polaris, TeamTech, 3M
Faculty Advisor: 
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 6
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC

Michigan Tech’s long-standing tradition in Baja SAE dates back to the first competition in 1981. Tech pioneered the Winter Baja Invitational and continues to host and organize it annually. The Michigan Tech Blizzard Baja Enterprise is a student-led organization that designs, builds, and tests a single-seat off-road vehicle to compete in a national competition. The team’s students use modern engineering and manufacturing processes to enhance vehicle performance by focusing on reduction of vehicle mass, maximization of drivetrain efficiency, improvement of driver visibility and comfort, and optimization of off-road vehicle handling and maneuverability. Each year, the team designs and builds a completely new vehicle for entrance into one or more of the national SAE Baja events. The team also organizes their own Winter Baja International event in February which brings nearly 20 universities and 50 vehicles to the Upper Peninsula each year.  Michigan Tech’s Baja team has a long history of success in SAE competitions.  In 2012 Blizzard Baja placed 8th among nearly 100 teams in the Baja SAE Wisconsin event.

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Clean Snowmobile Team

Clean Snowmobile Enterprise

Industry Partners:  AMSOIL, ArcelorMittal, ArcticFX, Autodesk, Camoplast, Chrysler, Cummins, DENSO, E3, Ford Motor Company, HMK, IceAge, John Deere, NGK, Oshkosh, Polaris, 3M, TiAL Sport, Vconverter, Woody’s
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Blough
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 /5950 / 5960- Section 7

The overall team goal is to design and build a snowmobile that achieves reduced emissions and noise characteristics, minimizes additional cost, all while keeping performance equal to or better than the performance of stock snowmobiles. The Clean Snowmobile Enterprise is creating a clean-burning snowmobile that runs on isobutanol and a full electric snowmobile. Some of the major projects include an exhaust system, an intake system, and a new fuel calibration for the internal combustion snowmobile, as well as a new rear drive system for the electric snowmobile. The team competes in the Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center.

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Formula SAE

Formula SAE

Industry Partners:  Alcoa, A&P Technology, ArcelorMittal, Autodesk, Chrysler, Continental, Cummins, John Deere, DENSO, Ford, GM, Meritor, Mitsubishi Electric, Oshkosh Corporation, Plascore, Polaris, TeamTech, 3M
Faculty Advisor - Jim DeClerck 
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960- Section 5
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC, EE and EET

Formula SAE is a student competition where more than 100 teams from universities around the world build a formula-style race car to compete in both static and dynamic events at the annual Formula SAE world competition held in Michigan. The concept is to build an affordable race car geared towards the weekend auto-crosser where the static engineering innovations and dynamic racing capabilities are judged and ranked. Michigan Tech has a long history of top performing cars. Each year we push the racing envelope to develop cutting edge innovations that will create the future of racing!

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Industry Partner:  General Motors
Coordinators: Robert Page, John Lukowski
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 04

Strip a vehicle down, rebuild it, make it better: that’s the drill for the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise. Working with a new Chevrolet Cruze (donated by General Motors), teams of students are tackling all components of electric vehicle performance: control system development, CAD design, electric accessory designs, suspension and ride tuning, hybrid powertrain, aerodynamic body components, and more.

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Supermileage Systems

Supermileage Systems

Industry Partners: 3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, CumminsDeere Foundation, DENSO North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, MAHLE Powertrain, Mathworks, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Oshkosh Corporation
Faculty Advisor: Rick Berkey
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 13
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CPE, BA, STC, others are welcome.

The result: a super high-mileage vehicle built around a 3.5 HP Briggs & Stratton, 4-stroke single-cylinder engine. To handle the complex job of creating such a vehicle, it takes the work of the Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE). Working as a team, students design and develop components based on automotive systems, vehicle functionality, sound engineering, and more. At the end of each year’s project: the chance to compete against other universities for glory (and the gold).  

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Transportation

Transportation

Industry Partner: Canadian National, City of Houghton, CXT, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Motors, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. George R. Dewey, P.E.
Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 12
Disciplines Needed: CEE, GE, MEEM, BA, STC

Electric vehicle-charging infrastructures. Rail lubrication solutions. Downtown transit sustainability models. The Transportation Enterprise tackles some of the area’s most challenging transportation-related projects, working with state and local government agencies and engineering firms to brainstorm and initiate solutions. The group is open to undergraduate civil and environmental engineering students with interests in consulting, construction, engineering, research, and more. 

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Velovations

Velovations

Industry Partners: SRAM, Cane Creek, Kore, Rolf Prima
Faculty Advisor: John Gershenson
Course Numbers: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 31 Disciplines Needed: All welcome, we have projects that suit every major on campus. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome whether seeking enterprise credit, independent study credit, project credit, or no credit. Riders and non-riders equally welcome.

Avid cyclists, weekend warriors, biking novices… the students involved with the Velovations Enterprise have a common goal: building a better bike. The team collaborates with the bicycle industry to develop new products and services, from the beginning of the process—researching customer needs and identifying current problems—through the final stages of design, testing, marketing, and distribution. 

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