Enterprises are student-driven, multidisciplinary teams that work like companies on real-world client projects, whether the deliverable is an innovative product, a pioneering solution, or a much-needed service. The hallmark of the Enterprise Program is the experiential training it provides to students. Many teams design, manufacture, and test their own prototypes—an end-to-end product development experience. Some teams prepare designs for national competitions, and some projects take teams abroad. Teams collaborate with clients from business and industry, and work closely with a faculty advisor.
Consumer Product Manufacturing
Industry Partner: Dow Corning, Keweenaw Brewing Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, nanoMag, Robert Carnahan
Faculty Advisors: Tony Rogers and Sean Clancey
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 8
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CM, CS, FW, BA, STC
The Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise believes that marketing, prototyping, and manufacturing are best left to professionals—and Michigan Tech undergraduate students are the best pros for the job. The group works one-on-one with corporate sponsors and businesses to conceive of and develop game-changing new ideas, from initial idea generation to market research, prototyping, design, and distribution. One recent project: developing an automated can-loading system for a brewing company.
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.