Michigan Tech’s Blizzard Baja Enterprise builds a single-seat, off-road competition vehicle to compete in the SAE Collegiate Design Series-Baja events held in various locations across the US. The team prepares and presents a written design report, cost analysis, and sales presentation for a panel of SAE judges. After passing a rigorous safety and technical inspection, we compete with other collegiate teams on acceleration, hill climb, maneuverability, suspension, and endurance. The Blizzard Baja Enterprise also organizes and hosts the Winter Baja Invitational event, a longstanding University tradition dating back to 1981.
Our main project this year is creating and implementing a 4WD system for our vehicle. This was broken up into seven different Senior Design projects as follows: Belt Drive, Brake Calipers, Clutches, Frame, Front CVs, Pedals, and an improved Gearbox. With these current projects, the team will have a completed 4WD-capable vehicle for the 2022 competition season.
Andrew Erickson and Kyle Harris, Mechanical Engineering
Kevin Johnson, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Steven Ma, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
General Motors, Stellantis, Magna, SAE International, Yamaha, Altair, Henkel, IPETRONIK, Oshkosh Corporation, Keysight Technologies, FEV, RapidHarness Wire Harness Software, Danaher, Superior Graphics, AAA, The Henry Ford, Keweenaw Community Forest Company, TeamTECH, Gamma Technologies, Michigan Scientific, The Princeton Review, Watermark Insights, Pilot Systems, PCB Piezotronics, American Muscle, Extreme Terrain, Arconic, Great Lakes Sound and Vibration, Cleveland Cliffs
Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Michigan Tech’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge Enterprise builds snowmobiles to compete in the SAE Collegiate Design Series Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at the Keweenaw Research Center in Houghton, Michigan. As part of the competition, the team submits an engineering design paper, determines a justified MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price), and presents an oral design presentation outlining its approach to the clean snowmobile conversion. Following a comprehensive technical inspection, the vehicles undergo dynamic testing including acceleration, handling, cold start, noise, and emissions. Michigan Tech’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge Enterprise typically competes in both the gasoline and diesel categories.
The team’s primary goal is to make cleaner burning, quieter snowmobiles that are still fun to ride. This year we are competing with a Yamaha Venture chassis as well as an Arctic Cat Bearcat chassis powered by a diesel engine provided by Kohler Engines.
Liam MacGillivray, Mechanical Engineering; Garret Porter,
Jason Blough, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
General Motors, Skidoo, Stellantis, Magna, SAE International, Yamaha, Altair, Henkel, IPETRONIK, Oshkosh Corporation, Keysight Technologies, FEV, RapidHarness Wire Harness Software, Danaher, Superior Graphics, AAA, The Henry Ford, Keweenaw Community Forest Company, TeamTECH, Gamma Technologies, Michigan Scientific, The Princeton Review, Watermark Insights, Pilot Systems, PCB Piezotronics, American Muscle, Extreme Terrain, Arconic, Great Lakes Sound and Vibration
Michigan Tech’s Formula SAE Enterprise builds a competition vehicle based on the concept of an affordable race car geared toward the weekend autocrosser. The team competes in SAE Collegiate Design Series Formula SAE events held in various locations across the country. For the competition, the team prepares a written design report, a cost analysis, and a business case to present to a panel of judges. After passing a technical inspection, the vehicle competes in a series of dynamic events, including acceleration, skid pad, autocross, endurance, and efficiency. Michigan Tech Formula SAE has a long history of top-performing cars and has gained a reputation for developing cutting-edge designs that help shape the future of racing.
This year we have several projects bringing advanced technology to our car. We are implementing an electronic limited slip differential, four-wheel steering, active aerodynamics, a drag reduction system, and an electronic throttle. We also have a large undertaking as we are converting our previous car, the F-276, into the e-276. This will be the first electric FSAE car that Michigan Tech has ever constructed! This car and its developments will allow the team to explore new technologies that we will be able to implement on our internal combustion engine vehicle.
Max Urquhart, Electrical Engineering; Nathan Sodini, Engineering Management
James DeClerck, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
General Motors, Stellantis, Magna, Ford Motor Company, SAE International,
Yamaha, Altair, Henkel, IPETRONIK, Oshkosh Corporation, Keysight Technologies, FEV, RapidHarness Wire Harness Software, Danaher, Superior Graphics, AAA, The Henry Ford, Keweenaw Community Forest Company, TeamTECH, Gamma Technologies, Michigan Scientific, The Princeton Review, Watermark Insights, Pilot Systems, PCB Piezotronics, American Muscle, Extreme Terrain, Arconic, Great Lakes Sound and Vibration, Siemens, Domino’s, Denso, Nexteer, Milwaukee, Aramco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Meritor, Elliott Foam Company, Sumitomo, McLaren Engineering, Halla Mechatronics, National Vacuum Equipment, TE Connectivity, Weller, Cadenas Part Solutions, Miller, TechFlex, Homestead Graphics
The Supermileage Systems Enterprise builds a single-seat, high-efficiency vehicle that competes in either the SAE Collegiate Design Series or the Shell Eco-marathon. The powertrain utilized by the vehicle is determined by the competition and is either a small displacement internal combustion engine or a battery electric design. Regardless of the event, the team must engineer a competitive vehicle and submit a written report detailing the vehicle design. The team must also deliver an oral presentation that demonstrates understanding of the engineering principles that support the design. Following a technical inspection, the vehicle must complete a dynamic performance event where miles per gallon (MPG) or mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) is measured.
Supermileage Systems’ focus this year has been revamping how the team tests vehicle components to determine areas where the team can improve for new projects. This year, two Senior Design teams have taken this to heart by redesigning the dynamometer data acquisition system and creating a new drivetrain test stand. Two other Senior Design groups have built new engines for the team to use: one with a reduced cylinder displacement, and the other with a higher compression ratio. These new engines will provide the team with even more fuel-efficient options to power the vehicle.
Andy Lambert and Luis Hernandez Morales, Mechanical Engineering
Rick Berkey, Pavlis Honors College | Manufacturing and Mechanical
General Motors, Stellantis, Magna, SAE International, Yamaha, Altair, Henkel, IPETRONIK, Oshkosh Corporation, Keysight Technologies, FEV, RapidHarness Wire Harness Software, Danaher, Superior Graphics, AAA, The Henry Ford, Keweenaw Community Forest Company, TeamTECH, Gamma Technologies, Michigan Scientific, The Princeton Review, Watermark Insights, Pilot Systems, PCB Piezotronics, American Muscle, Extreme Terrain, Arconic, Great Lakes Sound and Vibration, Halla Mechatronics, DENSO, Cleveland Cliffs, VP Racing Fuels
Advanced Metalworks Enterprise
Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME) is composed of a diverse team of students who execute research and development projects for industrial sponsors. Interdisciplinary teams of four to five students model, fabricate, and characterize metallic systems such as aluminum, iron, zinc, titanium, and nickel-based alloys. AME helps industry sponsors increase productivity, identify causes of material failures, design near net castings, develop advanced material modeling techniques, and more.
This year’s project for the AM WAAM team is to 3D print a new generation advanced high-strength steel alloy using wire arc additive manufacturing. The purpose of this project is to assess the mechanical properties of the as-printed material and compare the properties of the as-printed components with components that have been heat-treated using the quench and partitioning (Q&P) heat treatment process.
The AM Toughness team project is focused on determining the ductile to brittle transition temperature of a third-generation high-strength steel. This is being done because Q&P steel is an extremely promising metal in industry, and understanding at what temperatures this steel exhibits either brittle or ductile behavior is very important to its future applications. It also provides insight into other mechanical properties of the material without demanding as much speculation or guessing.
Eli Harma and Liam McLeod, Material Science and Engineering
Paul Sanders, Materials Science and Engineering
Cleveland Cliffs, Mercury Marine
The Aerospace Enterprise was established to provide hands-on aerospace education and experience to Michigan Tech undergraduate students. The Enterprise works together on innovative and relevant aerospace related projects with all members contributing toward achieving specific project goals. The Aerospace Enterprise places an emphasis on space mission design and analysis, vehicle integration, systems engineering, and comprehensive ground testing and qualification.
Auris: The Auris mission is a satellite project based on demonstrating the technical feasibility of a CubeSat’s ability to provide situational data. In collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the objectives of the Auris mission are to enhance Space Situational Awareness (SSA) by providing activity and location knowledge of space-based assets from on-orbit. This is achieved by measuring and characterizing radio frequency (RF) emission patterns of a target satellite, as well as by providing an estimate for the location of that target. The Auris mission is intended to serve as a pathfinder toward increasingly complex space systems that leverage the low cost and small form factor of CubeSats to achieve the performance of traditional, monolithic systems.
Stratus: The Stratus mission is a satellite project based on demonstrating the collection of atmospheric and weather data from a CubeSat. In collaboration with NASA, the Stratus spacecraft utilizes a thermal imaging sensor to examine the activity of clouds in the upper atmosphere for the purpose of better understanding weather over short timescales. Images generated by the mission will be analyzed on the ground to determine properties of the clouds, such as location and direction of travel. The Stratus mission is intended to serve as a pathfinder toward increasingly complex space systems that leverage the low cost and small form factor of CubeSats to achieve the performance of traditional, monolithic systems.
Nolan Pickett, Mechanical Engineering; Matthew Sietsema, Electrical Engineering
L. Brad King, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Auris: Air Force Research Laboratory, Stratus: NASA
Alternative Energy Enterprise
Alternative Energy Enterprise (AEE) provides opportunities for students in multiple academic disciplines to research and develop alternative energy sources. Projects, research, and development are done in conjunction with industry sponsors to produce viable solutions to real-world energy problems. Each team is interdisciplinary and receives a rewarding hands-on experience while working on challenging problems and seeking innovative solutions.
The Alternative Energy Enterprise continues to work toward finding sustainable methods
for energy production, delivery, and consumption through several interrelated projects.
These teams work to develop
and implement new technologies that focus on making sustainable development a reality. These teams include the Renewable Energy Mission Module (REMM), Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH), Community Solar for Baraga, Fortune Lake Camp Solar Team, Biofuels and Pyrolysis Team, Composting Team, GeoSolar Team, and Pumped Hydro Team.
Jacob Orlando, Chemical Engineering; Anna Browne, Electrical Engineering
Jay Meldrum, Keweenaw Research Center David Shonnard, Chemical Engineering
Oshkosh Corporation, The Department of Natural Resources, Keweenaw
Research Center, Cyberia Coffee, CURB Energy, John Soyring
Blue Marble Security
Blue Marble Security (BMS) Enterprise is a student-led Enterprise that focuses on securing the future through the thoughtful use of technology. The team specializes in engineering design and product development. BMS has developed a culture that fosters high professional standards, creativity, and productivity. BMS defines the word “national security” through the provision of technological support to the defense, corporate economy, and personal well-being of the nation and all its people.
BMS Enterprise continues to demonstrate its ability to tackle a diverse set of projects, with seven projects spanning several industry sectors. The GM team is working to develop a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vision system for unexpected part detection in the manufacturing process. We have two defense-related projects sponsored by SERC, one of which deals with creating a test bed that can measure the pressure of blank ammunition, and the other which includes the development of an air quality monitoring and purification system for a Dry Combat Submersible. Members of the Oshkosh team designed and tested a suspension system for the Oshkosh LCTV vehicle. Another team is reverse engineering MTU’s moving bookshelf system to make it safer and easier to use. Lastly, the Autobot team has built and is coding an autonomous robot to compete in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC).
Paola Quintana and Alex Patterson, Electrical Engineering
Glen Archer, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Oshkosh Corporation, Systems Engineering Research Center, General Motors, Michigan Tech J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, Deringer Ney, Empower906
BoardSport Technologies (BST) focuses on the engineering, design, and manufacturing of skis, snowboards, skateboards, longboards, wakeboards, and other boardsport-related products. Through integration of composite materials and creative design approach, the team strives to refine existing boardsport technology and produce new and innovative products.
BoardSport Technologies (BST) focuses on allowing students to design and manufacture products for recreational use in the boardsport industry. The Enterprise is currently concentrated in three different sports with two Senior Design teams. The three different sports are Snow, Skate, and Wake. The Snow team is currently creating a snowboard from scratch to improve our manufacturability versus relying on companies to provide cores and sidewalls for pressing boards. The Skate team is working on a skateboard design that is resistant to razor tailing and has made a more flexible skateboard deck by including layers of carbon fiber and fiberglass. The Wake team is working on a removable hydrofoil and is wrapping it with carbon fiber to improve strength. One of our Senior Design teams is creating a nonmetal CNC machine to improve the manufacturing process of cutting out boards. The other Senior Design team is creating a three piece snowboard to decrease the space needed to pack a snowboard when traveling or hiking in the backcountry.
Alexandra Deyoung and Nick Olsen, Mechanical Engineering
Ibrahim Miskioglu, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Enterprise Manufacturing Initiative funded by General Motors, ArcelorMittal
The Built World Enterprise (BWE) addresses challenges typically solved by civil and environmental engineers including designing infrastructure and solving waste management problems.
The Built World Enterprise participates in both the Airport Cooperative
Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Rainworks Challenge. Current
ACRP challenges being addressed are improving aviation weather
conditions reporting and mitigating wildlife strikes at airports. The
current EPA teams are working on mitigating stormwater runoff both
at Houghton High School and on Michigan Tech’s campus near the
Kaitlyn Wehner, Civil Engineering; Jared Parker, Environmental Engineering
Audra Morse, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition, General Motors
Consumer Product Manufacturing
Consumer Product Manufacturing (CPM) Enterprise aspires to empower students with the entrepreneurial, technical, and professional skills to conceive, develop, and market successful products in a company-like setting. Students on the team come from many disciplines and use hands-on experiences to identify and solve real-world engineering problems. CPM aims to exceed the expectations of company sponsors, improve the lives of consumers through innovation, and develop our team members into highly marketable professionals.
Consumer Product Manufacturing brands itself as the Enterprise that prepares students for industry. We have 10 commercial-, medical-, and sustainability-focused projects that not only help large corporations, but the local and statewide community as well. Among these, we will be highlighting the efforts of three teams. Shared Air Filtration is a crowdfunded project spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and aimed at creating a cost-effective HVAC system capable of filtering pathogens. The Libbey Glassware Improvements project works with Libbey Inc. to source a lipid-repellent coating for glassware and ceramics. Clean Diesel is an internally funded project that aims to convert used cooking oil that would be wasted into biodiesel, which can then be used in Michigan Tech’s grounds and maintenance equipment.
Samantha Appleyard, Engineering Management; Jacob Michaud, Chemical Engineering
Tony Rogers, Chemical Engineering
Sussex IM, Libbey, Mel and Gloria Visser, Kimberly Clark, General Motors, Doll n’ Burgers
General Expedition and Adventure Research (GEAR)
The focus of the General and Expedition Adventure Research (GEAR) Enterprise is to design, model, test, prototype, and manufacture a wide variety of goods and equipment used in recreational outdoor and commercial expedition endeavors. Team members analyze and develop innovative solutions on both internal and industry-sponsored projects. GEAR has worked on soft and hard goods related to backpacking, camping, climbing, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing, mountaineering, and military applications.
Our project is designing a new cross-country sit ski for paraplegic athletes that is more maneuverable and user-friendly than current designs. Standard sit skis have a rigid frame that is difficult to turn, and even experienced skiers struggle to get around corners with them. By designing a more maneuverable frame, we hope to make the sport of cross-country skiing more accessible to paraplegics. This year our focus has been on building a “parallelogram” frame that will allow users to lean while still having both skis touching the ground.
Mark Ousdigiam and Joseph Van Linn, Mechanical Engineering
Brett Hamlin, Engineering Fundamentals
Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) Capstone Marketplace
Green Campus Enterprise is an organization of students working to make Michigan Technological University’s campus more sustainable through both low- and high-profile projects. Green Campus Enterprise annually measures the carbon footprint of Michigan Tech and designs and implements projects to improve the sustainability of the Michigan Tech campus. Green Campus works closely with the Michigan Tech administration to effectively engage the University community in reducing its carbon footprint.
The steam back-pressure turbine team is evaluating the use of a steam back-pressure turbine in the campus steam distribution system. This turbine would generate electricity while lowering the pressure of the steam to the level required for use in each building (a process currently being performed by check valves losing energy as heat). The tiny house build team designed a tiny house for a Michigan Tech professor and is currently building that tiny house in modules. The house will be installed at a selected site and its performance will be monitored with the goal of being carbon-neutral.
Trevor Brandt and Sierra Braun, Civil Engineering
Robert Handler, Chemical Engineering
Christopher Wojick, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
The purpose of HotForest is to innovate technologies and services that advance the circular bioeconomy. An alternative to the current make, use, and dispose practice of the linear economy, the circular bioeconomy is a model for renewable, regenerative practices where we extract maximum value from resources we use, keep them in use as long as possible, and recover and regenerate materials for additional service lives.
The project is focused on repurposing or recycling disposable masks. We have done one prototype of melting down a handful of masks. This worked and we plan to create a larger sample of this and make something useful like a stool. We have ideas in the works of using the plastics from COVID waste to create a filament for 3D printing.
Cassidy Grobbel, Chemical Engineering; Dan Unglenieks, Natural Resources Management
Mark Rudnicki, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Tech Forward Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Michigan Technological University Pavlis Honors College’s Enterprise Program
Husky Game Development (HGD) is a student-run Enterprise focused on developing video games. Each year, HGD breaks up into subteams of around six students who experience a full game development cycle including ideation, design, and end product. HGD explores a wide variety of video game engines and platforms including Windows, Android, Xbox, and an experimental Display Wall.
There’s never a dull moment working as a janitor, especially when you work at FedUP, the craziest shipping company there is. Known for its questionable business practices and less than ideal working conditions, working in this wacky warehouse is shaping up to be more than you bargained for when you took the job. Pick up trash, dodge obstacles, and test your wits in this fast-paced 2D puzzle game packed with lots and lots of high-octane janitorial action.
Gabe Oetjens, Computer Science; Keira Houston, Civil Engineering
Scott Kuhl, Computer Science
Michigan Technological University Pavlis Honors College’s Enterprise Program
Innovative Global Solutions (IGS) pursues solutions for the needs of developing countries, making contributions toward solving Grand Challenges. Team members improve technical skills and gain hands-on experience with an international engineering project. Typical project areas focus on energy, water, health, education, entrepreneurship, transportation, infrastructure, and more.
The objective of this project is to design, fabricate, and test a low-cost modular infant incubator to bridge the gap in infant health care for developing areas. This project was chosen because infant mortality rates are still shockingly high in many parts of the world, even though modern medical advances should have aided in drastically decreasing these numbers. Currently, the team has completed functional testing for each of the subsystems and has assembled the project’s first fully functional prototype.
Lynnsey Hooker and Kat Miller, Biomedical Engineering
Radheshyam Tewari, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Nathan Manser, Geological and Mining Engineering
Tree Frog Aquagric LLC, Ford Fund–Collegiate Community Challenge, General Motors, Cleveland Cliffs
IT Oxygen is a cross-disciplinary, student-run Enterprise that specializes in information technology (IT) for student organizations and businesses, with a focus on developing information system and IT solutions. Team members work on real-world projects that foster skill development and utilize business intelligence. Areas of interest include systems and information analysis, software development, database design, data sciences, cybersecurity, and web-based application development.
The Destination Calumet Project is creating a fully functional hospitality reservation
platform that accommodates several restaurants and high-end vacation and tourism offerings.
The website enables business owners to maintain long-term standalone operations, manage
their properties, and create strategic partnerships with local area vendors. Visitors
and tourists may book reservations, place orders to local restaurants, and securely
transmit payment information. The team has incorporated established cybersecurity
practices to protect client information and comply with regulations. This project
enables students to engage with a real-world client while navigating and applying
specific constraints including the technical feasibility of an online system operating
in an growing local hospitality industry.
The Automotive OEM Purchasing Strategy Project is developing a predictive model which can be used to guide decisions in the bulk purchasing of semiconductors. Manufacturers that use semiconductors in their products must maintain a steady supply of these components while also attempting to minimize the cost—but the volatility of the semiconductor market can aggravate the decision-making process related to purchasing. This semester, the second phase of the project has continued the development of the predictive model with the goal of
validating the model through a few different means. The collected data will be split into a training and validation set so that the model may be evaluated in terms of its predictive properties on the validation data set. In addition to this, the team is developing simulations of the collected data to which the model can be applied in order to assess the utility of the model for future decision-making in the bulk purchasing of semiconductors.
Zack Lewis, Computer Network and System Administration; Lydia Savatsky, Mathematics
Nagesh Hatti, Electrical and Computer Engineering; James Walker, Computer Science
Ford Fund–Collegiate Community Challenge, Northern Specialty Health, Western UP Health Department, Destination Calumet LLC, Stevens Institute, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)
Mining INnovation Enterprise (MINE)
The Mining INnovation Enterprise (MINE) seeks to design, test, and The Mining INnovation Enterprise (MINE) seeks to design, test, and implement mining innovation technologies for industry partners. MINE works in interdisciplinary subteams to solve current and future challenges in the traditional mining industry as well as the emerging mining fields of deep sea and space mining. Opportunities include the improvement of safety and working conditions, increasing productivity and efficiency, and mine and equipment design and optimization.
The Mining INnovation Enterprise is a student-led, faculty-advised group at Michigan Technological University that focuses on innovation in the mining industry. Currently, the Enterprise focuses on aerospace and deep sea mining technology. We are currently working on six different projects in these areas. Our two main projects are: Lunabotics, a NASA competition for designing and building a lunar rover using a systems engineering approach; and Subsea ROV, which is designing a ROV to explore the depths of the sea. We also have four different Senior Design projects: Geology & Mining of Lake Superior, Lunar Trencher, Field Rover, and Subsea Nodules. Each deals with different mining applications in different scenarios. These include Mars, Lunar, Subsea, and Earthlike conditions, all with respect to innovative mining applications.
Alec Berger and Timothy Hamilton, Mechanical Engineering
Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
General Motors, Cummins, Milwaukee Tool, MISUMI, Michigan Space Grant, Michigan Scientific, ME-EM External Advisory Board, Rekhi Innovation Challenge
Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE)
The Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE) focuses on seamlessly integrating exceptional knowledge in electronics, robotics, and programming to solve real-world engineering problems. All majors are welcome—the team depends on more than just the skills and talents of engineering and science majors. RSE produces solutions that contribute to industry, recreation, and medical research.
The GVSC: Leader-Follower project at Robotic Systems Enterprise is focused on the creation of a partially manned, autonomous, leaderfollower convoy using Clearpath Jackals as our robotic platform. By autotomizing convoys, our sponsor, Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), hopes to reduce the risk to human life. With this in mind we have identified performance attributes, developed design concepts, and analyzed those concepts against the identified attributes to determine our design plan. We will create a GPS-, IMU-, and lidar-based approach using intervehicle communication to relay GPS breadcrumbs, known obstacles, and any other relevant information. Ultimately, the goal of this project is to make our design a reality in simulation, eventually leading to a real demonstration.
Jared Engwis, Electrical Engineering; Jake Carter, Computer Engineering
Jeremy Bos, Electrical and Computer Engineering
SAE AutoDrive Challenge, Ground Vehicle Systems Center–TACOM, Teleqo
Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences (SENSE)
The Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences (SENSE) Enterprise’s mission is to enable the workforce of tomorrow to redefine the boundaries for air, land, sea, and cyber supremacy through experiential learning and discovery. Students will design, build, and test engineering systems with a focus on Navy applications in all domains: space, air, land, sea, and undersea. Get hands-on experiences with cutting-edge defense technologies that directly impact the safety and success of the armed forces. Prepare for civilian employment opportunities in Department of Defense research labs or with DoD contractors.
Our Mass Rescue project, sponsored by the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), aims to create an efficient deployment mechanism for lightweight mass rescue device designs.
The Under Ice Acoustic project is sponsored by the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC). The goal is to test and further develop a machine learning algorithm that tracks noise sources through ice environments.
The Buoyancy team, also sponsored by the SERC, is working to design and prototype a device that can be used by the Navy on small underwater vehicles that can compensate the buoyancy based on changes in salinity.
The Making Experiences with Ford Acoustic Sensor Odysseys (MEFASO) team, sponsored by Ford, is focused on designing and building an acoustic collection system for a vehicle that can be used to explore machine learning applications with large data sets.
Andrea Udovich, Mechanical Engineering; Fiona Chow, Management Information Systems
Andrew Barnard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), US Coast Guard (USCG), Ford Motor Company, US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
Velovations is a bicycle design Enterprise dedicated to collaborating with the bicycle industry to develop new products and processes. The goal is to educate team members in the fundamentals of product development—from customer need through product and process design and testing, manufacturing, supply chain management, marketing, and distribution. Velovations leverages multiple majors including mechanical, electrical, business, and technical communications to deliver product and process innovations to the bicycle industry.
This year Velovations is working on five bicycle-related projects. The Electronic
Shifter project goal is to design a reasonably priced upgrade option from mechanical
shifting to electronic shifting. The Simple Dropper Post project means to engineer
a bike seat dropper post with high reliability and low cost that is easy to install,
operate, and maintain. The Steel Frame project aims to fabricate a bike out of AK
Tube’s advanced high-strength steel to explore the viability of using this exciting
material. The Heated Contacts project goal is to design rechargeable heated grips
and a heated water bottle cage for riding during colder temperatures.
Finally, the One Way Clutch project aims to model and validate Senger Innovations’ revolutionary rear wheel hub freewheel system.
Ian DeVlieg, Mechanical Engineering Technology; Kurt Egelhaaf, Mechanical Engineering
Steve Lehmann, Biomedical Engineering
AK Tube LLC, Senger Innovations, Cleveland Cliffs
Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE)
The Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE) focuses on wireless, optical, renewable
energy, user interface, and biomedical technologies. WCE functions much like an engineering
company with a variety of different project teams. These small project teams allow
team members to be very involved in project work and provide ample opportunity for
them to gain technical skills, business presentation skills, and
Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE) is currently supporting 10 different project groups from an array of different company and internally pitched projects. Some sponsored projects include working with Whirlpool to develop safety features on washing machines, a Milwaukee Tool embedded systems project, and working with Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) on signal processing. These projects are important and impactful to the sponsors—we are prototyping the next generation of products and services. Some internal projects involve a lot of wireless communication, like a Wi-Fi to radio wave bridge, and others have very little, like an LED fan that can display arbitrary images. The goal is to have students work on what they find interesting while developing key engineering skills. Our lab enables students to work on all these projects with the support of 3D printers, PCB printers, microcontrollers, and almost anything else an electronics lab could need.
Kenneth Shivers, Computer Engineering; Joseph Poti, Electrical Engineering
Christopher Cischke, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Whirlpool Corporation, Quantalux LLC, Advanced Power Systems Research Center, Nexteer,
Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) Capstone
Marketplace, Milwaukee Tool, Stellantis
High School Enterprise–Dollar Bay High School SOAR
The SOAR Enterprise team designs, builds, and deploys underwater remotely operated
vehicles (ROVs), provides technical solutions to water-related research challenges,
and serves as a resource for additive
manufacturing investigations for local businesses. As a place-based service learning Enterprise, SOAR partners with local community organizations to monitor, research, and improve the local watershed. They support local businesses with rapid prototype and small-quantity part runs. Clients of SOAR present their needs and requirements to the Enterprise, and SOAR works to exceed their expectations with the delivery of the product. Current clients include Isle Royale National Park, Delaware Mine, OcuGlass, and Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center.
The current underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) built by the SOAR team are proof-of-concept prototypes and have outlived their life expectancy. The team has set a course to redesign and replace two classes of team-built ROVs. First, the Isle Royale National Park service ROVs. Improved design features will focus on reduced size, decreased thruster power consumption, and rapid in-field power pack replacement. Second, the demonstration ROVs used by the team during student demonstrations and community festivals. Enhancement features will include a cleaner driver’s station with operator controls fitting for young hands, a bright screen for outdoor viewing, and compact size for operation in the demonstration tank.
Molly Myllyoja and Maggie Gaunt, Dollar Bay High School
Matt Zimmer, Dollar Bay High School
DBTC Area Schools, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative