2016 Michigan Tech Magazine: Issue 1

The Art of Design

By Allison Mills

Our students build, design, create, and code what they make is both science and art.


From a satellite whale-tagging system, to a low-cost hospital ventilator, to a 793-mpg supermileage vehicle, each year Design Expo highlights our student innovators. Here are a few projects from this spring’s showcase.

Wrist Cast

3-D printed, orthopedic, geometric

Senior Design—2nd Place

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Materialise

Bike Pedals

Bluetooth, quick release, magnetic

Enterprise—1st Place

Team: Velovations
Sponsor: Pavlis Honors College

Healthcare Bracelet

Hand hygiene, noise, reminder

Senior Design

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Aspirus Keweenaw

Metal Microtubes

Extruded, friction stir-back, manufacturing

Senior Design

Department: School of Technology
Sponsors: ArcelorMittal, Michigan Tech

Mini Circuit Boards

Outreach, light-up, Husky


Team: Blue Marble Security
Sponsors: ArcelorMittal, Halla, Oshkosh, Caterpillar

Aluminum Casting

E357, silicon reduction, foundry-made


Team: Advanced Metal Works
Sponsor: Eck Industries

Combo Paddle

Kayak, canoe, portage


Team: General and Expedition Adventure Research (GEAR)
Sponsors: Pavlis Honors College, The Outdoor Adventure Program

Sleep Apnea Device

Jaw protraction, airflow, hardware

Senior Design

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Michigan Tech

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.