Enterprises are student-led companies embracing rich experiences in engineering design, team building, project management, and end-to-end original product development. The program gives teams of students from varied disciplines the opportunity to work for several semesters in a business-like setting to solve real-world engineering problems supplied by industry partners. Typical activities of an Enterprise team include performing testing and analysis; making recommendations; manufacturing parts; developing products, processes, and services; meeting budgets and schedules; and managing multiple project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.