A number of research centers, institutes and labs within the College of Engineering work with outside partners. Many are interdepartmental, providing opportunity for collaboration across disciplines.
In the late 1990s, SmartZones were established throughout the state of Michigan to facilitate the transfer of technologies developed in public universities to the commercial marketplace.
MTEC SmartZone aims to stimulate the growth of technology-based businesses and jobs in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Numerous companies are incubating at MTEC’s three local SmartZone facilities. Michigan Tech students play an important role in SmartZone success. Entrepreneurial internships and co-op opportunities provide real-world experiences to the students and inexpensive quality assistance to incubating companies.
- Michigan Tech Entrepreneurial Support Corporation (MTESC)
- Superior Innovations
- Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance
- Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center
- Michigan Economic Development Corporation