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: 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..
Alternative Energy Enterprise
Industry Partner: Keweenaw Research Center
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wenzhen Li and Jay Meldrum
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 23
Disciplines Needed: All welcome especially need CM, ME, EE, BA, STC
Formed in 2002 as an evolution of the Michigan Tech AIChE Chem-E Car team, AFG provides opportunities for young professionals in multiple academic disciplines to research and develop alternative energy sources. Projects, research, and development are done in conjunction with industry sponsors to give viable solutions to real-world energy problems. Current projects include district geothermal heating in Calumet, using water from abandoned mineshafts, solar power analysis in the Keweenaw, using current photovoltaic installations and a biofuels project for a new pyrolysis pilot plant..