101. Blizzard Baja Enterprise
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, along standing University tradition dating back to 1981.
Blizzard Baja is completing several projects this year including a new four-wheel drive system, lightweight brakes, front suspension optimization, and a digital cockpit system. The four-wheel drive team is implementing a new engine into the car and changing the drivetrain layout to be more efficient. This involves new gearboxes, differentials, and driveshafts. Brakes is designing an all-wheel braking system. The front suspension optimization team redesigned the suspension to be lighter and perform better than the previous design. The digital cockpit team is installing a C.A.N network with sensors including wheel speed, engine RPM, temperatures, orientation, acceleration, suspension travel, and more. The data is shown on a display and recorded to a computer. Algorithms detect anomalies and report them to the driver.
Greg Jowett, Mechanical Engineering
Zach Reed, Mechanical Engineering
Kevin Johnson, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Steven Ma, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
All AMS sponsors & Winter Baja sponsors
102. Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Michigan Tech’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge Enterprise builds snowmobiles to compete in the SAE Collegiate Design Series Clean Snowmobile Challenge held in Eagle River, Wisconsin. 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 clean snowmobile conversion. Following a comprehensive technical inspection, the vehicles undergo dynamic testing, including acceleration, handling, cold start, noise, and emissions. The 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 competed with a Yamaha Viper chassis and a Ski-Doo Skandic chassis powered by a diesel engine provided by Kohler Engines.
Ben Houck, Mechanical Engineering
Carter Spoutz, Electrical Engineering
Jason Blough, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Scott Miers, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
GM, Aramco Americas, Oshkosh, Milwaukee Tool, A&D Technology, Dana, Stellantis, Meritor, Magna, Kohler, Yamaha, BRP, BFG Industries, Ridetech, CastleX, Superior Graphics, Deviant Ink
103. Formula SAE
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 nationwide. 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, carbon fiber monocoque, active aerodynamics, a drag reduction system, an electronic throttle, and a combustion analysis system. We also have a large undertaking as we are converting one of our previous cars, 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 we can implement on our internal combustion engine vehicle and an emerging EV program.
Zander Worm, Mechanical Engineering
Cade Engen, Mechanical Engineering
James DeClerck, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
GM, Aramco Americas, Oshkosh, Milwaukee Tool, A&D Technology, Dana, Halla Mechatronics, Holley, Cleveland Cliffs
104. Supermileage Systems
Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE) is a part of the Advanced Motorsports team and the goal of SSE is to build a single-occupant, high-efficiency vehicle that competes every year in April. SSE most recently placed 3rd with 958 MPG at the 2022 SAE Supermileage Competition with the previous vehicle. Now, the team is designing a brand-new vehicle to compete at Shell Eco-Marathon. For the powertrain, the team currently has a small displacement internal combustion engine. The team is structured similarly to a company putting emphasis on project management, mentorship, project coordination, and team management. SSE is composed of three technical teams, the Body, Engine, and Electrical teams. The team is taking on new projects every semester with the goal of continuously improving the efficiency of the vehicle in order to stay competitive against national and international teams in April. While at competition, the team must pass a technical inspection, the vehicle must complete a dynamic performance event where miles per gallon (MPG) is measured.
Supermileage Systems' focus this year is to manufacture a new vehicle to compete at a different competition. To complete this task, there are three Senior Design projects taking on this challenge by redesigning the suspension, powertrain, and driver interface controls. One other Senior Design team is also looking to improve the dynamometer test cell to have more accurate data collected in future years. These projects will help the team not only be able to compete at competition, but also continuously improve the vehicle looking into future years.
Olivia Zinser, Electrical Engineering
Ben Klein, Electrical Engineering
Rick Berkey, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
GM, Aramco Americas, Oshkosh, Milwaukee Tool, A&D Technology - GIK, Dana
105. Advanced Metalworks
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.
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.
Drew Kolodge, Materials Science and Engineering
Sam Vellequette, Materials Science and Engineering
David M. Labyak, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Nicholas V. Hendrickson, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
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 emphasizes 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 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 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. Additionally, the Auris mission is intended to serve as a pathfinder toward increasingly complex space systems that leverage CubeSats's low cost and small form factor to achieve the performance of traditional, monolithic systems.
Seth Quayle, Mechanical Engineering
Kyle Bruursema, Electrical Engineering
L. Brad King, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
107. Alternative Energy
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 rewarding hands-on experience while working on challenging real-world problems and seeking innovative solutions.
The Alternative Energy Enterprise's Pumped Underground Storage Hydro (PUSH) team currently focuses on the site assessment and feasibility of potential PUSH systems installed in abandoned mining infrastructure. The main planning areas include civil site construction, economic analysis, environmental testing, and powerplant design. The team aims to provide site planners of power utilities and cooperatives with adequate information to make an initial feasibility assessment of a proposed PUSH site. This encourages the deployment of energy storage in the form of PUSH and provides electric grid stability during the clean energy transition.
Hayden Augustyniak, Electrical Engineering
Keira Houston, Civil Engineering
Joe Azzarello, Chemical Engineering
Adrienne Minerick, Chemical Engineering
Keweenaw Energy Transition Laboratory
108. 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. One GM team is developing a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vision system for unexpected part detection in the manufacturing process. Another team is working with Emulate3D to simulate plant machinery. We have two defense-related projects sponsored by SERC, one of which is working on a power simulator, and the other includes the development of a tablet. Members of the Oshkosh team designed an electric actuator to be used in extreme environments. Another team is reverse engineering MTU’s moving bookshelf system to make it safer and easier to use. Lastly, the Powerpack team is developing a prototype of a lithium battery system in the frame of a Molle 2 rucksack.
Breanna Gorman, Electrical Engineering
Quin Bray, Electrical Engineering
Glen Archer, Electrical and Computer Engineering
General Motors, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), Michigan Tech J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, Oshkosh Corp
109. Built World Enterprise
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 a wide range of civil and environmental engineering-related projects. One of the projects is through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Rainworks Challenge, which focuses on green infrastructure. There are two teams in the WERC Environmental Design Competition run through New Mexico State University. Some members from the Steel Bridge team and Engineering Without Borders (EWB) are a part of the enterprise. The Timber Strong competition is new to the enterprise this year. Its members are gaining hands-on experience in building wooden structures.
Clark Fadoir, Environmental Engineering
Francine Rosinski, Environmental Engineering
Audra Morse, Civil and Environmental Engineering
General Motors, Spicer Group (Steel bridge and timber strong)
110. CinOptic Communication and Media
The CinOptic Communication and Media Enterprise enables students to develop video design and production skills. By balancing the creative and technical aspects of video, the primary goal is to focus on client needs and expectations, while developing artistically-engineered products. Capitalizing on team member creativity and technical strengths, CinOptic provides an opportunity for those involved to broaden their education in the media industry through real-world business experiences.
The CinOptic enterprise team is working with the Enterprise program to develop a podcast series to showcase the various teams, educate people about them, and increase visibility and recruitment efforts. Currently, we are producing a pilot episode with the intent to produce future episodes highlighting different enterprise streams. In addition to the podcast, CinOptic is working in tandem with the Isle Royale National Park Service to create a flagship video for the promotion of the park.
Matthew Brisson, Communication, Culture, and Media
McKenna Kusmack, Theatre and Entertainment Technology
Erin Smith, Humanities
Isle Royale National Park, Erika Hersch-Green, Enterprise Program (Podcast Project)
111. Consumer Product Manufacturing
Consumer Product Manufacturing (CPM) Enterprise aspires to empower students with the entrepreneurial, technical, and professional skills to conceive, develop, and successfully market 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 company sponsors' expectations, improve consumers' lives through innovation, and develop our team members into highly marketable professionals.
The Clean Diesel: Generating Biodiesel from University Waste subteam aims to analyze and convert used soybean oil from campus dining halls into usable biodiesel fuel. The produced biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel for other uses on campus. Past semesters have studied reaction chemistry to optimize the reaction needed to make biodiesel. Currently, the team is in a feasibility analysis to determine the possible economic and environmental benefits of implementing a commercial biodiesel processor on campus.
Noel Barwick, Chemical Engineering
Mikayla Marshalek, Chemical Engineering
Tony Rogers, Chemical Engineering
Michigan Technological University, Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise
112. General and Expedition 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.
The team has been asked to help Stormy Kromer hat manufacturer of the Upper Peninsula, to develop a solution to reduce the hat fitment variance in their hand-sewn manufacturing line. This involves quantifying hat fitment and developing a product that consistently measures the size of hats. The facility currently has a subjective quality check that allows them to check a small batch of products. The G.E.A.R. team has developed an automated device to be used in place of subjective quality checks. This effort will increase customer satisfaction for Stormy Kromer's customers by providing better hat fitment.
Thomas Draper, Mechanical Engineering
Nolan Ruble, Mechanical Engineering
Brett Hamlin, Engineering Fundamentals
113. H-STEM Enterprise
The H-STEM Enterprise provides students with project-based experiences aiming to improve human health. The team includes students from various backgrounds (e.g., biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, exercise science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, medical lab science, and robotics). These students work collaboratively on rehabilitation engineering, healthcare, and public health projects.
This project aims to design, construct, and deliver a cost-effective and locally available body-weight supported treadmill. Specifically, the treadmill will be able to accurately offload ~10-90% of body weight to facilitate walking and running with less impact on the ankle, knee, and hip joints. This treadmill will enable clinicians to treat patients with balance and mobility impairments (e.g., stroke, osteoarthritis, major joint surgery).
Nathan Luczak, Mechanical Engineering
Magen Radke, Biomedical Engineering
Steven J. Elmer, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Smitha Rao, Biomedical Engineering
Michigan Technological University
HotForest aims 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.
Hotforest Enterprise has two project sub-teams. The Mycelium Project team is working on a project to design a product for the furniture industry using mycelium (vegetative, root-like structure of fungi). The goal is to test the growth and performance of one fungal species on various bio-based substrates. The other project team is working on the Solar Table Project. This team focuses on repurposing less efficient or retired solar panels. A solar table was made using beetle-killed wood, and a solar panel was used as the tabletop surface. The table includes four USB charging ports to charge small devices. The next goal is to produce additional tables with a more efficient design incorporating collapsibility, benches, or eliminating the use of metal screws.
Abbey Herndon, Sustainable Bioproducts
Nicole Mcginn, Sustainable Bioproducts
Mark Rudnicki, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Michigan Tech - Tech Forward Initiative on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
115. Humane Interface Design (HIDE)
Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) team members collaborate to design, develop, and evaluate user interfaces. The goal is to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. The team works together to design and test different applications for industry sponsors that can be used on Android, iPhone, and other devices. HIDE accomplishes these projects by combining knowledge from multiple disciplines (e.g., computer science, psychology, and human factors). HIDE team members can get involved in various stages of the design process, from developing an app by programming to evaluation by designing usability tests and analyzing data.
The Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) worked on ten projects over the past two semesters, but we would like to highlight four. The CCLC Queue is a Canvas plug-in for Computer Science students to ask questions and get help directly from learning center coaches/instructors. The GDLS Team at HIDE is building a web scraping tool and classifier Machine Learning model for General Dynamics Land Systems. Third, GVSC is a simple real-time strategy game (RTS) with different Heads-up Display(HUD) options to test the effectiveness of the Virtual Reality(VR) HUD’s design and user ergonomics. Lastly, the Human Factors team works with other HIDE teams and other enterprises to evaluate existing interfaces and assist in designing new ones.
Jerry Jones, Computer Science
Patrick Janssen, Software Engineering
Robert Pastel, Computer Science
GDLS, US Army
116. Husky Game Development
Husky Game Development (HGD) is a student-run Enterprise focused on developing video games. This semester, HGD has 15 sub teams working on different game projects. Students experience a full game development cycle including ideation, design, playtesting, and releasing a final product. HGD uses a diverse set of tools and engines. Our games target a variety of platforms including desktop, web, mobile, and an on-campus arcade cabinet.
Railyards have never seemed so hectic in Train Shunting Puzzle Remaster. Take control of your train and navigate various cars to their destination on time. It takes care and skill to organize your cars as efficiently as possible. Flip track switches to access different tracks, connect and disconnect your cars to reorganize your railyard, and get each car to their specific destination on time in this top-down puzzle game.
Max Jorgensen, Computer Science
Brendan Griffith, Computer Science
Scott Kuhl, Computer Science
117. Innovative Global Solutions
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.
This project aims to design and build an aquaponics system located in Vihiga County, Kenya, to increase the efficiency, functionality, and viability of aquaponics systems by minimizing waste and maximizing yield. The current focus of this team is to develop a nutrient management feedback control system that autonomously manages dissolved oxygen levels in the aquaponic system's fish pond. During the Summer of 2022, the team completed the prototype and implemented it on-site in Kenya. Currently, the team is working on testing the second prototype of this nutrient management system.
Cynthia Wurtz, Mechanical Engineering
Riley Dickert, Physics
Radheshyam Tewari, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Nathan Manser, Geological and Mining Engineering
Tree Frog Aquagric
IT Oxygen is a student enterprise dedicated to developing student skills through real-world industry experience. We provide the experiences necessary to progress in the ever-changing world of cutting-edge software development, networking, security, system administration, and business. This includes problem-solving, teamwork experience, and sharpening communication skills.
The AI team analyzes Weld Data to find parts and components. Once labeled, the data is used to find inconsistencies in the welding process such as missed welds.
Dan Curtiss, Electrical Engineering
Kyler Bomhof, Computer Science
Nagesh Hatti, Enterprise
Client-name: confidential. A leading welding equipment manufacturer
119. Multiplanetary Innovation Enterprise (MINE)
The Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise (MINE) seeks to design, test, and implement innovative technologies built to withstand extreme conditions in space or here on Earth. MINE works in interdisciplinary teams across multiple projects to solve current and future challenges across multiple fields, especially in the emerging field of space mining.
The Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise team focuses on innovation in multiple areas, including aerospace mining and flooded subterranean mapping and sampling. The team is currently working on three different projects in these areas. First, Lunabotics, a competition sponsored by NASA, focuses on designing and building a lunar rover using a systems engineering approach. Second, DIVER (Deepwater Investigation Vehicle for Energy Resources) focuses on exploring the flooded mineshafts of Quincy Mine. And finally, Lunar Trencher focuses on proving that the bucket ladder excavator concept is the best method for lunar mining.
Brian Geiger, Mechanical Engineering
Karson Linders, Mechanical Engineering
Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab (PSTDL), Ashworth, Consumers Energy, TSG Tooling Systems Group, Janet Callahan, MiSUMi, Bill Widman, Donn Stowe, Michigan Space Grant Consortium, General Motors, and Milwaukee Tool
120. Open Source Hardware
Open Source Hardware specializes in building low-cost alternatives to expensive hardware/software, and then sharing the designs with the commons so that collaborative improvements can be made rapidly. Anyone can make changes or updates to the designs the Enterprise team creates—through this process, designs are improved at a much higher rate than would be possible within the Enterprise alone. Open source is all about collaboration.
Our team is concurrently working on seven open-source senior design projects. These include a remote ornithological attractant and deterrent device, a portable version of our BREAD system, open-sourcing Immersion Circulators, an open-source system for automating chemical balance in pools, a text-to-speech slice for BREAD, BREAD Vision for quality control analysis, and KeWee Energy Meters for affordable home energy use monitoring. Our projects span several years, and we will release all necessary files to replicate our work.
Anders Smitterberg, Electrical Engineering
Noah Adams, Suhayb Zeqlam, Kevin Fogg, David Hoffman, Lily Hubbard, Ian Huff, Justin Rish
Shane Oberloier, Electrical and Computer Engineering
General Motors EMI, Dr. Jared Wolfe
121. Robotic Systems
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.
This academic year, the RSE team focused on completing Year 2 of the AutoDrive Challenge II competition hosted by SAE. 7-sub teams focused on breaking all components of the competition down to group sections, including the perception team, mapping and path planning team, build team, controls team, innovation team, simulation team, and project management team. The goal of Year 2 is to migrate developed systems from an autonomous vehicle test bench used in Year 1 to the sponsored Chevy Bolt EUV that will be used for the remainder of the competition.
Ian Mattson, Electrical Engineering
Raylan Jiao, Mechanical Engineering
Jeremy Bos, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Darrell Robinette, ME-EM
SAE, GM, Intel, Intrepid, Siemens, Hexagon, Cepton, Ushr, Mathworks, CTech, OxTS
122. 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.
As technology evolves and becomes more connected, the attack vector of the target increases. In order to combat this issue, ArRobAut focuses on evaluating the security robustness of autonomous robots through penetration analysis and threat analysis. SASI is producing a sampling device for a microbial mat found in sinkholes in Lake Huron. The device will couple with an ROV called the SAAB Seaeye Falcon to autonomously capture a sample and return it to the surface intact. Partnering with Ford, the MEFASO team looks to develop a noise identification system that uses machine learning to recognize and pinpoint the source of noises commonly found in a vehicle's environment so that the roadways of the future may be a safer place for all. The Marine Energy Collegiate Competition is sponsored by the DOE and NREL and tasks competitors with designing, prototyping, testing, and completing a business plan for some form of wave energy converter. This semester, the team is building a surge converter with its potential application being shore protection for coastal communities. The team is currently in the process of finalizing the design and is hard at work with the business plan and community outreach. The Buoy Retrieval and Deployment device will be a large claw-moving device that can autonomously grab Spotter Buoys from the Great lakes using an autonomous boat. This project is to be produced for and sponsored by the GLRC. The SWAB team is tasked with improving small robotic bugs in regards to reducing the weight, implementing the ability to “swarm”, improving the fuel efficiency, and various other features related to the robots moving capabilities. These bugs are modeled after a water bug and “hop” across the water via the release of a surfactant (isopropyl alcohol in this case). This project is supported by our co-advisor Dr. Hassan Masoud and his recent NSF grant. SISU is tasked with organizing our movement of labs and other various internal projects (drive organization, cabinet organization, assignment of team storage space ect…). This is not a formal project, but it has been a great way to get students more involved and ensure that our space is working for each team!
Elizabeth Donoghue, Electrical Engineering
Ben Bistline, Computer Engineering
Timothy C. Havens, Computer Science
Hassan Masoud, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Great Lakes Research Center, Ford, United States Army, Ocean Infinity
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.
Velovations is currently working on four bicycle-related projects. * The Simple Dropper Post project is engineering a bike seat dropper post with high reliability and low cost that is easy to install, operate & maintain. This year we explored customer needs via I-Corps program and will fabricate an aluminum prototype for weight savings since previous prototypes were made out of steel. * The Steel Frame project aims to construct a bike out of Cleveland Cliffs advanced high-strength steel to explore the viability of using this exciting material. Currently the team is testing different joint methods to determine the strongest frame. * The Heated Contacts project goal is to design a rechargeable heated grips and a heated water bottle sleeve for riding during colder temperatures. The team has started testing the grip and sleeve to dial in the temperature range and measure how long the battery will last. * Finally, the Voodoo Hub project aims to help bring Senger Innovations’ revolutionary rear wheel hub freewheel system to market. The team is creating testing methods and fixturing to test out the design and benchmark current competitors.
Ethan McKenzie, Mechanical Engineering
Michael Balentine, Mechanical Engineering
Steve Lehmann, Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland Cliffs, Tongy Senger Innovations, Milwaukee Tools
124. Wireless Communication
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 leadership experience.
Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE) is currently supporting 6 different project groups from mostly internally pitched projects and 1 corporation sponsored project. The sponsored project worked on this year with Stellantis involves intelligent battery cell balancing algorithms and embedded systems design. These types of 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, such as our portable 5G network tower, while others such as our Smart Pill dispensing system or LED sign repair group has little to none. The end 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.
Ryan Peckham, Electrical Engineering
Benjamin Stier, Computer Engineering
Christopher Cischke, Electrical and Computer Engineering
125. High School Enterprise – Dollar Bay School SOAR
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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.
Noah Halkola, High School Student
Adeline Swain, High School Student
Matthew Zimmer, Dollar Bay High School
Dollar Bay Tamarack City K-12 Schools