Cin/Optic Communication and Media
Faculty Advisor: Erin Smith
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.
Husky Game Development
Faculty Advisor: Scott Kuhl
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!
Faculty Advisor: Christopher (Kit) Cischke
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!
Blue Marble Security
Faculty Advisor: Glen Archer
Prepare for a high-achieving career in technology as an undergraduate with the Blue Marble Security Enterprise. Blue Marble Security is a virtual company of undergraduate students focused on securing the future through thoughtful use of technology and has developed a culture that fosters high professional standards, creativity, productivity, and a burning desire to learn. This student-led company combines a rich educational experience in engineering design, team building, project management, and original product development. Some notable projects include an autonomous robot built to compete in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, a simple heart rate monitor for education and community outreach, and a portable blood typing device. Additionally, the enterprise has two industry-sponsored projects involving metal fracture analysis and an employee resource scheduling database. The word “security” for BMS is defined by the provision of technological support to a nation‘s defense, corporate economy, and the personal well-being of all its people. BMS strives to improve an individual‘s safety, security, and health through the use of resourceful creativity. With this experience, BMS graduates are ready for the world‘s most challenging careers.
Faculty Advisor: Russ Louks
IT Oxygen focuses on developing information system and information technology solutions. Our areas of expertise include systems and information analysis, software development, database design, and web-based application development. We are a cross-disciplinary group, drawing from multiple fields of study. Current projects include Target Cloud, mobile, and wireless, as well as Android development, malware research, and hardware. Our goal is to provide real-world projects that allow our members to build leading-edge software development and information technology skills that will make them more marketable when looking for jobs after graduation.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. L. Brad King
The Aerospace Enterprise was established to provide hands-on aerospace education and experience to Michigan Tech undergraduate students. Its objective is to design and fly several Michigan Tech student-built spacecraft. In pursuit of this objective, emphasis will be placed on space mission design and analysis, vehicle integration, systems engineering, and comprehensive ground-testing and qualification. Currently the Aerospace Enterprise is assembling and testing the Oculus-ASR nanosatellite in conjunction with the Air Force Research Lab. Oculus-ASR advances space situational awareness by allowing ground-based observers the opportunity to anchor algorithms capable of determining spacecraft altitude using unresolved optical imagery. In 2012, the Enterprise participated in the University Nanosatellite Program competition and took first place, earning a launch position on a SpaceX Falcom Heavy in 2015..
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 Robotic 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.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle
The goal of this Enterprise is to promote and learn about advanced hybrid vehicles in order to reduce fuel consumption and be more environmentally friendly. The Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Enterprise is a three-year program to research, design, build, and test a state-of-the-art hybrid electric vehicle, based on a 1950 Chevrolet truck. Students work on projects such as designing and implementing power distribution, component mounting, and thermal management solutions. HEV Enterprise also incorporates Senior Design projects as well.
Alternative Energy Enterprise
Formed in 2002 as an evolution of the Michigan Tech AIChE Chem-E Car team, AEE 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 developing the former president's residence into a student occupied Sustainability Demonstration House and a biofuels project for a fast pyrolysis plant. AEE regularly maintains four projects and they are always evolving.
Faculty Advisor: Chris Wojick
The goal of the Green Campus Enterprise is to develop the analytical tools and knowledge necessary to support sustainability decision making and, in concert with other groups, design and implement projects to improve the sustainability of the Michigan Tech campus. The group is working closely with Michigan Tech’s administration to effectively engage the university community in reducing our carbon footprint. The Carbon Neutral AQIP project was initiated to improve the integration of sustainability into Michigan Tech’s research and education.
Faculty Advisor: Rick Berkey
Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE) is comprised of students working as a design team with the current mission of redesigning the super-high-mileage vehicle that will challenge other engineering schools at the 2015 SAE Supermileage Competition held at Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI. A new body has been redesigned using computer-aided engineering to minimize drag forces on the body. A new process has been developed for manufacturing the body to reduce overall vehicle mass by 20 percent. The engine team has developed a new fuel injection system and optimized the efficiency testing program to achieve greater engine efficiency. Finally, SSE will soon start work on a second car that is battery-powered.
Humane Interface Design
Faculty Advisor: Robert Pastel
Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE), provides students an opportunity to design, develop and evaluate interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. Initially, the group is working on building a driver simulator and evaluating Chrysler's U-connect radio and display—a touch screen display found in current luxury model cars.
Innovative Global Solutions
Faculty Advisor: Radheshyam Tewari and Nathan Manser
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.
Faculty Advisors: Joe Licavoli and Russell Stein
In 2009, the Innovative Castings (ICE) and Program in Integrated Sustainable Manufacturing (PrISM) Enterprises officially merged to create the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). The merger leveraged ICE’s strengths in metal casting with PrISM’s product development and manufacturing competencies. AME seeks to expand its foundry facilities to encompass a wider range of solidification processes including die casting, investment casting and continuous casting. Students model, fabricate and characterize metallic systems, such as aluminum, iron, zinc, titanium and nickel-based alloys.Ready to get your hands on high-impact metal-casting projects? Cast a wider net with the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). Work with high-quality metals and metallic components to fabricate patterns, molds, dies, and other specialized components for industry sponsors—all in our state-of-the-art casting and metallurgy labs. Companies routinely seek our students for summer internships and full-time positions.
Faculty Advisor: Ibrahim Miskioglu
The BoardSport Technologies Enterprise (BST) strives to produce new, refined, and attractive boards by making them lighter, stronger, and with innovative materials. BST focuses on the engineering, design, and manufacturing of skis, snowboards, skateboards, longboards, wakeboards, and other products related to the board sports industry.
Consumer Product Manufacturing
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..
Efficiency through Engineering and Construction
Faculty Advisor: Lynn A. Artman
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.
The Advanced Motor Sports (AMS) Enterprise oversees the work of Tech’s four vehicle competition Enterprise teams: Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, and Supermileage Systems. While each operates as a separate Enterprise, AMS encourages the teams to share talent, resources, and opportunities. Whether you’re into safety, powertrain controls, emissions, or chassis vehicle systems, you’ll find your fit—and the opportunity to work with industry sponsors like 3M, Chrysler, Ford, Caterpillar, and more—with AMS.
Blizzard Baja SAE
Faculty Advisor: Kevin Johnson
Michigan Tech’s long-standing tradition in Baja SAE dates back to the first competition in 1981. Tech pioneered the Winter Baja Invitational and continues to host and organize it annually. The Michigan Tech Blizzard Baja Enterprise is a student-led organization that designs, builds, and tests a single-seat off-road vehicle to compete in a national competition. The team’s students use modern engineering and manufacturing processes to enhance vehicle performance by focusing on reduction of vehicle mass, maximization of drivetrain efficiency, improvement of driver visibility and comfort, and optimization of off-road vehicle handling and maneuverability. Each year, the team designs and builds a completely new vehicle for entrance into one or more of the national SAE Baja events. The team also organizes their own Winter Baja International event in February which brings nearly 20 universities and 50 vehicles to the Upper Peninsula each year. Michigan Tech’s Baja team has a long history of success in SAE competitions. In 2012 Blizzard Baja placed 8th among nearly 100 teams in the Baja SAE Wisconsin event.
Clean Snowmobile Team
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Blough
The overall team goal is to design and build a snowmobile that achieves reduced emissions and noise characteristics, minimizes additional cost, all while keeping performance equal to or better than the performance of stock snowmobiles. The Clean Snowmobile Enterprise is creating a clean-burning snowmobile that runs on isobutanol and a full electric snowmobile. Some of the major projects include an exhaust system, an intake system, and a new fuel calibration for the internal combustion snowmobile, as well as a new rear drive system for the electric snowmobile. The team competes in the Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center.
Faculty Advisor: Jim DeClerck
Formula SAE is a student competition where more than 100 teams from universities around the world build a formula-style race car to compete in both static and dynamic events at the annual Formula SAE world competition held in Michigan. The concept is to build an affordable race car geared towards the weekend auto-crosser where the static engineering innovations and dynamic racing capabilities are judged and ranked. Michigan Tech has a long history of top performing cars. Each year we push the racing envelope to develop cutting edge innovations that will create the future of racing!
Faculty Advisor: Steven D. Lehmann
Velovations collaborates with the bicycle industry to develop new products and new processes. The goal of Velovations is to educate students in the fundamentals of a product development for customer need, through product and process design and testing, manufacturing, supply chain management, marketing, and distribution.