Senior Design Facilities

Developing and implementing solutions to industry challenges on campus requires access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources. This is where Michigan Tech Senior Design teams have a clear advantage. Our teams have what they need to take an idea from concept to customer presentation.

Highlighted here are some of our current facilities and design tools—many of which are dedicated, all of which are accessible to Senior Design. This list represents a multi-million dollar investment made possible and sustainable through generous support from Michigan Tech alumni, friends, and you:  our industry sponsors.

Team meeting spaces

  • Multimedia resources for teleconferencing, videoconferencing, and web conferencing
  • Networked PC’s with software for communication, project management, and presentation
  • Dedicated design studios and bench space with “24/7” access
  • Additional project space as needed

Design tools

  • CAD packages: AutoCAD, CATIA, Eagle, I-DEAS, MicroStation, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, Unigraphics
  • Electrical design: electrical components, oscilloscopes, signal generators, programmable power supplies, multi-meters
  • Geological modeling: data visualization (ArcGIS, GIS, Surfer), hydrological modeling (GMS-MODFLOW, MT3D, HEC-HMS, RMS, AQTESOLV), process modeling (EPANET)
  • Product, process, and systems modeling and analysis: ADAMS, dSPACE, FLUENT, LabVIEW, MAGMASOFT, MATLAB, Nastran, PSpice, Simulink, LS-Dyna, Abaqus
  • Advanced workstations (Linux and Windows) with high-end graphics

Dedicated fabrication facilities

  • Assembly/build space
  • Three fabrication facilities with a variety of machining (traditional and CNC), forming, joining (welding, grinding), and cutting (including water jet) capabilities
  • A separate facility devoted to non-metals
  • Electronics and circuit board fabrication – LPKF plotter, several soldering stations
  • Engine test facilities with dynamometers, a four-wheel chassis-roll dynamometer
  • Rapid prototyping\

Chemical and materials processing facilities

  • Chemical process simulation and control center – including a batch polymerization reactor, solvent recovery unit, DeltaV control system, and OSIsoft PI data management software
  • Fully functional 3,000-square-foot casting foundry
  • Heat treating capabilities
  • Molecular beam epitaxy, physical and chemical vapor deposition stations
  • Powder processing – attritors, mills, blenders, hot/cold presses (including isostatic), sintering capabilities
  • Rapid prototyping

Analysis, characterization, and testing facilities

  • Anechoic / semi-anechoic chambers
  • Animal facility for work with small rodents
  • Aquifer testing (field)
  • Earthquake seismographs and software
  • Energy conversion and power systems labs
  • Extensive collection of geophysical field equipment, processing software, and advanced geological-interpretation software suites
  • Metallography, microscopy, x-ray diffraction, spectroscopy, scanning calorimetry and thermal analyzers
  • Microfabrication facility
  • Mineral characterization
  • Ability to coordinate small scale clinical studies locally with Portage Health
  • Tissue culture facility
  • Two mechanical testing facilities with full range of capabilities
  • Two control systems labs
  • Working agreement for underground experiments with Quincy Mine, Hancock, MI