At Tech, we believe that hands-on is the hallmark of a premier education. As a member of Michigan Tech's Enterprise Program, you'll meet the needs of real clients. This unique, hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to client-based teamwork is an experience available exclusively at Michigan Tech.
You and your team members will design, build, and create as you develop skills sought by leaders in business and industry. Plus, develop leadership skills and build your resume, giving you project experiences to talk about as you interview for co-ops, internships, and full-time jobs—and compete for Enterprise awards.
There are 23 Enterprise teams to choose from and two Enterprise initiatives (manufacturing and business) which offer additional support. Enterprise is open to all majors and the program is designed to be cross-functional and inclusive in nature, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to contribute their specialized skills to the team.
Here are a few of our teams:
The nearly 100 students in Aerospace Enterprise work on innovative and relevant aerospace projects for government and industry. The team competes nationally in the University Nanosat-6 Competition to design and build a satellite to launch into space. Following the team's first-place finish in 2011, members prepared MTU's Oculus-ASR nanosatellite for launch from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy as part of the US Department of Defense Space Test Program. Oculus was launched in Summer 2019. A second satellite—Stratus, named for its cloud-imaging mission—was carried to the International Space Station in a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022. The team's most recent satellite—Auris, was designed as a 'listening satellite' to monitor communication from other satellites to estimate bandwidth utilization. As one of three teams selected to move forward from the most recent competition, MTU secured a third launch opportunity. Mission accomplished!
Blue Marble Security is a student-led virtual company focused on thoughtful technology use. The team conducts industry-sponsored R&D and commercial product development in fields including security, industrial process control, and the environment. One of Blue Marble's recent client success stories was working with Ford Motor Company on a solution for replacing obsolete CRT monitors with off-the-shelf LED displays in its Research and Innovation Center. “Given an unstructured problem and a supply of pizza and energy drinks, they were able to find a solution that meets the requirement at a price that thrills the accounting department. I couldn't be prouder of them," said faculty team advisor Glen Archer.
A vehicle that gets more than 1,000 mpg? Michigan Tech students built it. Supermileage Systems Enterprise designs, engineers, and fabricates single-person, high-efficiency vehicles for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage competition. In addition to its internal combustion-powered vehicle, the team also built an battery-electric version for the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition.
The Enterprise Business Initiative is a cross-Enterprise collaborative group of students interested in applying business processes to enhance individual team projects. Open to all students enrolled in Enterprise, the initiative gives participants a forum to discuss business topics and strengthen analyses to develop conclusions and recommendations for projects within their Enterprise team.
Ready to find your team? Explore the full list.