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.
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 Space Products, AeroPhysics, AFOSR/AFRL/AIAA, AGI, Altia, AMP Netconnect, Analog Devices, Bartington, C&R Technologies, Connect Tech Inc., Dumore Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries, PCB Piezotronics, Raytheon, SAIC, Systems Integration Plus Inc., The Mathworks, TiNi Aerospace Inc., Tyco Electronics, Wind River
Faculty Advisor: Dr. L. Brad King
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 21
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC, PH
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..
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: Alcoa, ArcelorMittal USA, Eck Industries, Forging Industry Association, GE Aviation, Linamar, Magline, Inc., Meritor, Waupaca Foundries, Inc.
Faculty Advisor: Paul Sanders, Materials Science and Engineering
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 /5950 / 5960 - Section 1
Disciplines Needed: ME, MET, MSE, EE, EET, Business, STC
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.
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
Industry Partner: Dr. Robert Carnahan, Cinetic Automation, Kimberly Clark, nanoMag, MTU Pavlis Institute, MTU Sustainable Futures Institute
Faculty Advisors: Tony Rogers and Sean Clancey
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 8
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CM, CS, FW, BA, STC
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
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: A&P Technology, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Aristo-Cast, Aurora Bearing Company, AutoDesk, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Cummins, DENSO, Ford, GM, Hydro-Force, John Deere, Kohler, Mitsubishi Electric, Pi Innovo, Polaris, TeamTech, 3M
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 6
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC
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
Industry Partners: AMSOIL, ArcelorMittal, ArcticFX, Autodesk, Camoplast, Chrysler, Cummins, DENSO, E3, Ford Motor Company, HMK, IceAge, John Deere, NGK, Oshkosh, Polaris, 3M, TiAL Sport, Vconverter, Woody’s
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Blough
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 /5950 / 5960- Section 7
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.
Industry Partners: Alcoa, A&P Technology, ArcelorMittal, Autodesk, Chrysler, Continental, Cummins, John Deere, DENSO, Ford, GM, Meritor, Mitsubishi Electric, Oshkosh Corporation, Plascore, Polaris, TeamTech, 3M
Faculty Advisor - Jim DeClerck
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960- Section 5
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC, EE and EET
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!
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.