Cin/Optic Communication and Media
Industry Partner: BHK Child Development, Engineers Without Borders, Michigan Tech Annual Giving, Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center
Faculty Advisor: Erin Smith
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 27
Don’t wait until graduation to get the professional media and communications experience you’re after—check out the Cin/Optic Enterprise. Operating as a full-scale consulting and development firm, undergraduate students work to provide audio, video, writing, web design, technical documentation, and other communication support services to a variety of real-world clients—from local nonprofit organizations to a regional medical center.
Husky Game Development
Industry Partners: Autodesk, Chrysler, Michigan Tech ROTC, Michigan Tech Women in Computing Sciences
Faculty Advisor: Scott Kuhl
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 18
Disciplines Needed: Scientific & Technical Communication, Education, Computer Science, Business, Arts & Design; all are welcome
Work hard, play harder. Students involved with the Husky Game Development Enterprise design, develop, build, and market games for the video game industry, educational use, and—of course—for fun. 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!
Industry Partner: Boston Scientific, Chrysler LLC, ElectroDynamic Applications Inc., Fulton Innovation
Faculty Advisor: Chris (Kit) Cischke
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - 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 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
Industry Partner: Oshkosh Trucking, Chrysler, Pall Corporation, Department of Energy, IRHC
Faculty Advisor: Glen Archer
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 2
Disciplines Needed: All
Prepare for a high-achieving career in technology as an undergraduate with the Blue Marble Security Enterprise. With an aim to improve safety and security through the thoughtful use of technology, Blue Marble works as a student-run business to provide an array of products and industry-sponsored research and development services—computer-controlled security systems; ultrasonic ranging; sensor data fusion; infrared, acoustic, and sonar imaging systems; and more.
Industry Partner: bluesky Health, CCI Systems, Target
Faculty Advisor: Russ Louks
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 10
Disciplines Needed: CS, BA, STC, All Engineering
The ITOxygen Enterprise is a student-run business focusing on developing Information System and Information Technology solutions. With expertise in systems and information analysis, software development, database design, and web-based application development, the group serves a variety of local and regional clients on projects ranging from an open-source donor tracking system to a dashboard website that manages daily operations for a large-scale theater.
Enterprise Team: Aerospace Spacecraft Design
Industry Partners: ABSL, AGI, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mathworks, Raytheon, SAIC, Systems Integration Plus, Tyco Electronics, WindRiver
Faculty Advisor: Dr. L. Brad King
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 21
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC, PH
Who says a university has to offer an aerospace engineering degree to produce out-of-this-world research? The Aerospace Enterprise provides undergraduate students across a variety of majors the opportunity to design and build a real satellite. Small groups take on the challenges of guidance navigation, on-board data and command, power, imaging, structures, telecom, and systems engineering. Their results are nothing short of impressive: the team took first place in the Air Force Research Laboratory's 2011 national University Nanosat Competition, and the Department of Defense will launch their winning satellite into orbit in 2013.
Industry Partner: ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, General Motors
Faculty Advisor: Alex Sergeyev
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 15
Disciplines Needed: All welcome, especially need MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC
The Robotics Systems Enterprise bridges high school students, college undergraduates, and members of industry in exciting, hands-on robotics projects. Through real industry research and development, engineering, programming, marketing, and some hard work (and serious play), the group—with help from local youth—builds the coolest, most capable robot they can imagine, then tries to steal the gold at the annual FIRST Robotics Competition.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Strip a vehicle down, rebuild it, make it better: that’s the drill for the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise. Working with a new Chevrolet Cruze (donated by General Motors), teams of students are tackling all components of electric vehicle performance: control system development, CAD design, electric accessory designs, suspension and ride tuning, hybrid powertrain, aerodynamic body components, and more.
Forestry and Environmental Resource Management (FERM)
Industry Partner: Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center, United States Forest Service
Faculty Advisor: James C. Rivard
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 25
For students seeking careers in forestry and ecology, the Forestry and Environmental Resource Management (FERM) Enterprise is an invaluable, one-of-a-kind opportunity. The residency-style program offers undergraduate students the chance to work and learn in the University’s own 5,500-acre research forest. Projects include trail expansions, timbersales, fish cribs, deer exclosures, habitat research for an endangered species of bird, and a variety of other real-world forest management opportunities.
Alternative Energy Enterprise
Industry Partner: Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center, Dow Corning, Ford Motor Company, 3M
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wenzhen Li and Jay Meldrum
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 23
Disciplines Needed: All welcome especially need CM, ME, EE, BA, STC
Look at energy in a new (solar) light with the Alternative Fuels Group (AFG) Enterprise. The group focuses on investigating and creating a variety of alternative energies—from solar vehicle propulsion and biodiesel-fueled street sweepers to methanol production from natural gas and more. You can build your résumé while working with high-profile sponsors and partners like US Army TACOM.
Are you always thinking of ways to improve sustainability and reduce your carbon footprint? If so, the Green Campus Enterprise is the group for you. The team has one mission: to “green” Michigan Tech through a variety of initiatives. Currently, the group is researching the feasibility of installing a solar thermal panel and a wind turbine, measuring carbon emissions, and assessing energy consumption and waste-reduction strategies for computers.
Industry Partners: 3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, Cummins, Deere Foundation, DENSO North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, MAHLE Powertrain, Mathworks, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Oshkosh Corporation
Faculty Advisor: Rick Berkey
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 13
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CPE, BA, STC, others are welcome.
The result: a super high-mileage vehicle built around a 3.5 HP Briggs & Stratton, 4-stroke single-cylinder engine. To handle the complex job of creating such a vehicle, it takes the work of the Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE). Working as a team, students design and develop components based on automotive systems, vehicle functionality, sound engineering, and more. At the end of each year’s project: the chance to compete against other universities for glory (and the gold).
Humane Interface Design
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.
International Business Ventures
Industry Partner: Heyer America, McAllister Foundation
Principal Advisors: Robert Warrington, Anne Warrington, and Michael Neuman
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 Section 16
An Enterprise with plenty of heart, International Business Ventures (IBV) works to create new products and technologies for people in developing countries. Through innovative research and development, financial analysis, marketability, and international partnerships with universities throughout the world, the group seeks to bring cutting-edge technology to the people who need it most. Case in point: students from IBV travelled to Ghana to test and implement an inexpensive new infant heart rate monitor.
Industry Partner: ArcelorMittal, Alcoa Howmet, Eastern Alloys, GE Aviation, Magline, Inc.
Faculty Advisor: Paul Sanders, Materials Science and Engineering
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 1
Disciplines Needed: ME, MET, MSE, EE, EET, Business, STC
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.
Whether you’re into skateboarding, snowboarding, or wakeboarding, the BoardSport Technologies Enterprise has a team—and a project—for you. The group produces new streamlined boards each semester with a focus on refining designs, finding and working with lighter and stronger materials, and researching and incorporating environmentally friendly materials like recycled steel and bamboo.
Consumer Product Manufacturing
Industry Partner: Dow Corning, Keweenaw Brewing Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, nanoMag, Robert Carnahan
Faculty Advisors: Tony Rogers and Sean Clancey
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 8
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CM, CS, FW, BA, STC
The Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise believes that marketing, prototyping, and manufacturing are best left to professionals—and Michigan Tech undergraduate students are the best pros for the job. The group works one-on-one with corporate sponsors and businesses to conceive of and develop game-changing new ideas, from initial idea generation to market research, prototyping, design, and distribution. One recent project: developing an automated can-loading system for a brewing company.
Efficiency through Engineering and Construction
Industry Partners: Ford Motor Company Fund, Energy Works of Michigan
Advisor: Lynn A. Artman, PE, School of Technology
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 14
Courses: Student team-member enrollment - Section 14
Ask most engineers and they’ll tell you that the best projects are about hands-on problem solving to better the lives of others. Enter the Efficiency through Engineering and Construction Enterprise, a group of students working together as a small business to help local low-income and elderly homeowners. The team strategizes methods for making homes more energy efficient—winterizing, sealing air passages, upgrading insulation—and then works with local contractors to put those plans into action.
Their motto: “Students creating the future one atom at a time.” The students involved with Michigan Tech’s Nanotech Innovations Enterprise are working to fulfill that credo by researching, developing, and marketing nanotechnology-related products and services, and sharing their knowledge and experiences with high school students and teachers along the way. Projects include an anti-vibration table; a student-run business, Naturally Graphite, that markets and sells graphite crystals; and a LEGO®-based scanning probe microscope.
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
Industry Partners: General Motors, Chrysler LLC, DENSO, 3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittlal, Cummins, Ford Motor Company
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 6
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC
Interested in the Blizzard Baja SAE Enterprise? Buckle up and hold on tight. Each year, the group designs and builds a mini-baja off-road recreational vehicle for competition, focusing on frame, chassis, and suspension improvements. In 2010 alone they placed in the top ten (amongst 89 teams) in Design, Cost, Hill Climb, and Maneuverability categories—and ranked sixteenth overall.
Clean Snowmobile Team
Industry Partners: 3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, Cummins, Deere Foundation, DENSO North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Oshkosh Corporation, Polaris Industries, V-Converter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Blough
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 7
The Clean Snowmobile Team Enterprise is about more than just snowmobiles—it’s an answer to the call for greener outdoor recreation. Each year, Michigan Tech’s team modifies a stock snowmobile to achieve 25 percent reduction in CO emissions, 50 percent reduction in HC emissions, and noise-level reduction to 74dB. Students from a variety of disciplines work on engine, chassis, and drive train design, plus handle business matters, communications, and advertising. It’s all in preparation for their big show: competition at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge.
Industry Partners: 3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Autodesk, BAE Systems, Cummins, Deere Foundation, DENSO North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Oshkosh Corporation, Pi Shurlok
Faculty Advisor - Jim De Clerck
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 5
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC, EE and EET
Designing and building an Indy-style racecar for competition may sound like a tall order, but for students in the Formula SAE Enterprise, it’s just another day in the shop (and in the lab and on the track). The group focuses on optimization of chassis, frame, wheel, and engine design, plus acceleration, skid pad, endurance, cost, manufacturability, and safety. Their car is then put to the test in the annual Formula SAE Challenge, a competition among more than 100 teams from universities across the nation and around the world.
Industry Partner: Canadian National, City of Houghton, CXT, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Motors, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. George R. Dewey, P.E.
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 12
Disciplines Needed: CEE, GE, MEEM, BA, STC
Electric vehicle-charging infrastructures. Rail lubrication solutions. Downtown transit sustainability models. The Transportation Enterprise tackles some of the area’s most challenging transportation-related projects, working with state and local government agencies and engineering firms to brainstorm and initiate solutions. The group is open to undergraduate civil and environmental engineering students with interests in consulting, construction, engineering, research, and more.
Industry Partners: SRAM, Cane Creek, Kore, Rolf Prima
Faculty Advisor: John Gershenson
Course Numbers: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 31 Disciplines Needed: All welcome, we have projects that suit every major on campus. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome whether seeking enterprise credit, independent study credit, project credit, or no credit. Riders and non-riders equally welcome.
Avid cyclists, weekend warriors, biking novices… the students involved with the Velovations Enterprise have a common goal: building a better bike. The team collaborates with the bicycle industry to develop new products and services, from the beginning of the process—researching customer needs and identifying current problems—through the final stages of design, testing, marketing, and distribution.