Communications

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

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

Industry Partner: Chrysler, Concept 2, HGST, IRHC Broomball, Kyocera, MTS Systems Corporation, Technical Expert Network
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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