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 /5950 / 5960 - 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

Industry Partners:  Ford Forestry Center, MDOT
Lynn A. Artman, PE, School of Technology
Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 14
Courses: Student team-member enrollment - Section 14

ETEC’s mission is to work with communities to implement energy-efficient designs into new and existing construction projects. MDOT sponsored a study to evaluate the performance of surface materials in railroad crossings. The team collected and analyzed data to come up with solutions based on the information available. Extensive research was done with other state transportation departments and literature sources to help find significant data on the subject. Our notable accomplishments include second place in the West Michigan Emerging Green Builders Design Competition in 2007, and partnering with New Power Tour and at-risk high school students to winterize area homes for low-income elderly residents.

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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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Innovative Global Solutions

Industry Partner:  

Principal AdvisorsRobert Warrington and Michele Miller, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 -Section 16

The Innovative Global Solutions (IGS) Enterprise offers a unique opportunity for students to design and build systems and products for developing countries in need of them. Through working with other organizations on campus including the Pavlis Institute, the Peace Corps program, and International Senior Design, they will implement or introduce these solutions in the targeted developing countries. Beyond the implementation of these products and solutions the IGS Enterprise designs, the students will work with the School of Business and Economics to look for commercialization opportunities within the developing countries it assists. Currently, the IGS students are working on developing a second version of a low cost ventilator in cooperation with the engineering and medical staff at KNUST University in Kumasi and the Pavlis Institute.  

Mining INnovation and Engineering (MINE)

Faculty Advisor: Paul Van Susante

Course Numbers: ENT 1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 32

Disciplines Needed: All our welcome

MINE students will be designing, testing, and implementing mining innovation technology for industry partners. They will work on interdisciplinary teams to solve current and future challenges in the mining industry. Some of these aspects include the improvement of safety and working conditions and increasing productivity and efficiency as well as equipment design and optimization. Through hands-on projects students involved in MINE will develop leadership skills, communication skills, and business operation experience related to the mining industry.

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 Enterprise

Industry Partner: ArcelorMittal, Great Lakes Research Center
Faculty Advisor: Glen Archer
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 15
Disciplines Needed: All welcome, especially need MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC

From the time people wake up in the morning to the time they go to sleep at night, they are surrounded by electronic devices. However, none of these devices compare to the advanced robotic systems used in the Robotics Systems Enterprise (RSE). With projects ranging from a vision system that triangulates the location of a molten steel nozzle to an intelligent power management system that powers the Great Lakes Research weather buoys, RSE has projects that everyone can be interested in with real-world results.

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