101. Blizzard Baja
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.
The team's main focus this year is to iterate on the 4WD designs of last year and address drawbacks of the original vehicle design. To accomplish this, we have five Senior Design teams consisting of: 4WD, Ergonomics, Rear Hubs Redesign, Power Steering, and Front Suspension Optimization. Upon completion of these five projects, the team will have a functioning 4WD vehicle that is more efficient and better accommodates the driver than the previous 4WD vehicle design.
Shaun Hoffmann and William Rivet, Mechanical Engineering
Kevin Johnson, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology and Steven Ma, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
GM, Aramco Americas, A&D Technology, Dana, SAE, Milwaukee Tool, Halla Mechatronics, Caterpillar, Meritor, Oshkosh, Ford, John Deere, Mahle, BRP, Team Tech, Diamond House International
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 at the World Championship Derby Complex in Eagle River, WI. As part of the competition, the team submits an engineering design paper and presents oral technical/engineering, sales, and value-added benefits presentations, 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 Viper chassis powered by a Yamaha Genesis 1049cc Engine as well as an Ski-Doo Skandic chassis powered by a diesel KDW 993T engine provided by Kohler Engines.
Katy Pioch and Daniel Prada, Mechanical Engineering
Jason Blough and Scott Miers, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
GM (General Motors), Aramco, A&D, Dana, Milwaukee Tool, Caterpillar, Meritor, Oshkosh, Ford, John Deere, BRP (Ski-Doo), Kohler, Mahle, Yamaha, Castle, Gamma Technologies, Quincy Compressor, Shipley Energy, Top Flight Automotive, Superior Graphics
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 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 optimized suspension uprights, a new intake and exhaust, and tuning of our CVT transmission. We are also creating a hybrid carbon fiber monocoque chassis for a future car. 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.
John Herr and Luke Quilliams, Mechanical Engineering
James DeClerck, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
General Motors, Aramco Americas, A&D Technology, Dana Inc., SAE International, Yamaha, Halla Mechatronics, Meritor, Oshkosh Corporation, Ford Motor Company, John Deere, Caterpillar, Henkel, BRP Inc., RapidHarness, Wetherington Law Firm, Danaher, Watermark, Top Flight Automotive, Shipley Energy, Superior Graphics, TEAMTECH, Gamma Technologies, Enterprise Manufacturing Initiative funded by General Motors
104. Supermileage Systems
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 on competitive benchmarking to inform the design of a completely new car for 2023. A new carbon fiber vehicle body/shell was designed that is nearly half the weight of the current one, while still maintaining aerodynamic efficiency. A lighter steering system was also completed. A new rear subframe is also in development, with final assembly and testing scheduled for next year. For the 2022 competition, our team has implemented a reduced displacement engine with improved tuning, a lightweight roll bar, and vehicle position tracking system. These improvements are expected to reduce fuel consumption and improve competitiveness at the 2022 SAE Supermileage event in June.
Luis Hernandez, Mechanical Engineering and Olivia Zinser, Electrical Engineering
Rick Berkey, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
General Motors, Aramco Americas, A&D Technology, Dana Inc., SAE International, Halla Mechatronics, Meritor, Oshkosh Corporation, Ford Motor Company, John Deere, Caterpillar, Henkel, BRP Inc., RapidHarness, Wetherington Law Firm, Danaher, Watermark, Top Flight Automotive, Shipley Energy, TEAMTECH, Gamma Technologies, Velocity USA, Enterprise Manufacturing Initiative funded by General Motors
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.
This year's industry 4.0 team is sponsored by the MMET department. The project seeks to better utilize the MSE pilot-scale metal/steel processing facility by updating the sensors and data collection capabilities to better align with the Industry 4.0. Some of the equipment for steel casting, rolling, forging, stamping, and additive manufacturing already exists and is operational, and this proposal seeks to instrument the equipment for use by a wider range of disciplines on campus. It would also allow for effective data tracking and use for mathematical models.
Deringer-Ney project is an advanced simulation project which seeks to develop a solid solder which has similar properties to today's gold-silver solders but utilizes alloying additions which are more affordable for manufacturing purposes.
The Miller welding project is a cooperation with ITOxygen students to use an advanced Miller welder to collect welding data which can be utilized with advanced computational models to predict weld quality.
Eli Harma, Materials Science and Engineering; Conor Warwick, Mechanical Engineering Technology
David M. Labyak and Nicholas V. Hendrickson, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
Deringer-Ney, Lear Corporation, Miller Electric, Oshkosh Defense, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Dept.
106. Aerospace Enterprise
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 Domain Awareness (SDA) 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.
Nolan Pickett and Kyle Bruursema, Mechanical Engineering
L. Brad King, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Auris: Air Force Research Laboratory, Stratus: NASA
107. Alternative Energy Enterprise (AEE)
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), Solar Consulting Team, Biofuels and Pyrolysis Team, and Pumped Hydro Team.
Josh Myers, Electrical Engineering; Gavin Kumpelis, Mechanical Engineering
Joe Azzarello and David Shonnard, Chemical Engineering
Richard and Bonnie Robbins Endowment and DARPA ReSource
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 interdisciplinary projects, with seven projects spanning several industry sectors. The GM Pick Point team is working to develop a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vision system for unexpected part detection in the manufacturing process. GM also sponsors a project titled "Digital Twin" with the goal of using simulation to emulate the software and mechanical capabilities of a manufacturing line without a physical test bench or hardware. We have two defense-related projects sponsored by SERC, one of which deals with creating a smart towing line to attach a tow boat to a submersible for safety and ease of use, 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.
Drew Rosales, Computer Engineering; Breanna Gorman, Electrical Engineering
Glen Archer, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Empower 906, GM, U.S. Navy SOCOM, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), Oshkosh Defense, MTU Library
109. BoardSport Technologies
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 three Senior Design teams. The three different sports are Snow, Skate, and Wake. The Snow team is currently designing a snow bike conversion kit to be used on any bike and at a more affordable cost. The Skate team is researching and testing a new impact-resistant board design to improve the life of a board. The Wake team is researching methods to make a kneeboard on a budget that future members can follow. One of our Senior Design teams is completing a non-metal CNC router system to improve the manufacturing process for the enterprise. Another Senior Design team is researching and testing different snowboard materials during the layup process to allow for different flex and stiffness characteristics of the boards. The final Senior Design team is designing and manufacturing a 3D printed wakesurf board core, which is a completely new board making process.
Jacob Loudermilk and Josh Lamphere, Mechanical Engineering
Ibrahim Miskioglu and Cam Hadden, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Enterprise Manufacturing Initiative funded by General Motors
110. 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 both the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Rainworks Challenge, as well as the WERC Design Challenge. The current ACRP team is investigating thermal radar detection for runways. The current EPA teams are working on mitigating stormwater runoff, and the WERC team is investigating copper slag reuse in ceramic tiles. Built World also works with Engineers Without Borders and the Steel Bridge Team to help improve collaboration and feedback.
Mary Ollis and Lucy Toppen, Civil Engineering
Audra Morse, Civil and Environmental Engineering
111. CinOptic Communication/Media
The CinOptic Communication and Media Enterprise enables students to develop skills in video design and production. 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.
CinOptic students teamed up with Isle Royale National Park to create a series of promotional and safety videos highlighting the National Park itself and educating visitors on how to treat the park. Three CinOptic team members traveled to Isle Royale this past summer and worked with park staff to explore and film as much of the island as possible. Upon returning, the team has been working diligently to assemble these instructional videos.
Matthew Brisson, Communication, Culture, and Media; Julianna Humecke, Scientific and Technical Communication
Erin Smith, Humanities
Isle Royale National Park, NSF CAREER Grant
112. 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 (CPM) brands itself as the Enterprise that prepares students for industry through 10 commercial-, medical-, and sustainability-focused projects. CPM’s sustainability projects involve both corporate sponsors including (Doll n’ Burgers, GM, Org Chem Group, and Sussex IM) as well as Michigan Tech and seek solutions to alleviate the carbon footprint left behind. The commercial projects within CPM Include Doll n’ Burgers Innovative Condiment Packaging which is developing packaging that allows for condiments to attach directly to Doll n’ Burgers existing containers. Commercially Viable Keg Cleaning Device is an open-source solution for breweries across the state of Michigan. The project aims to develop a keg washing system at a fraction of the cost of available systems. CPM’s newest project Org Chem Group: Alternative Heat Transfer Fluid looks to develop a more stable heat transfer fluid that can be exposed to moisture and open air without losing its characteristics. The medical projects offered by CPM, Affordable, Authentic, Accessible Prosthesis develops a lower limb prosthesis at a fraction of the cost compared to existing products within the industry. Shared Air Filtration by GM looks to increase the safety and well-being of the population by developing an air filtration system that can eliminate airborne pathogens such as Covid-19 to help combat its spread. CPM also offers sustainable projects such as Biogas: Anaerobic Digestion of Dining Hall Food Waste for Methane, and Clean Diesel: Converting University Wastes into Biodesiel, works to develop processes for alternative energy that can be used to power parts of the Michigan Tech campus. Two projects with Sussex IM such as Mr.Lid: Reusable Diningware Program, and OneTumbler: Reusable Drinkware Program work to develop systems within Michigan Tech’s Dining systems to reduce waste and promote reuse. Meanwhile CPM’s Flexible Film Collection and Recycling project integrates collection stations across campus to collect low density polyethylene flex film that can then be recycled which is not available through existing recycling methods. These teams comprise students from all different disciplines to lead them to a future that is more accessible and sustainable for all.
Brooke Bates and Brandon Earll, Chemical Engineering
Tony Rogers, Chemical Engineering
Sussex IM, GM, Org Chem Group, Doll n' Burgers, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
113. 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.
Our project is to design a safer and more efficient means for rescuing injured mountain bikers from trail systems. The current design is an unstable one wheeled design, requiring a team of 4-6 to walk it in. We are working to add stability and reduce rescue times. Our design incorporates a three wheel design with the added ability to bike into the trail system and find the injured rider. The rescue device will then be pushed out to the nearest road by 1-2 operators.
Morgan Bialek and Jake Abbott, Mechanical Engineering
Brett Hamlin, Engineering Fundamentals
Jacquart Fabric Products, Copper Harbor Bike Patrol, Copper Harbor Trails Club, Stormy Kromer.
114. Green Campus
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.
This composting project would give Michigan Tech a composting site, facility, and plan in order to divert waste from landfills and take advantage of the resources that are currently literally being thrown away. With a plan in place, a valuable compost product can be produced and distributed in a number of different applications across campus and the community. Currently, we are conducting research to find out as much information as possible on feasible, university-scale compost facilities that we could potentially design come next semester. At this point we have developed a calculator of sorts to determine the exact sizing of site/facility for multiple types of composting, all based on a variable input of pounds of feedstock gathered.
Drew Eaton, Civil Engineering; Maddie Krzciok, Environmental Engineering
Robert Handler, Chemical Engineering
Dan Liebau - MTU Facilities Management & Alan Turnquist - MTU Director of Sustainability and Resilience
115. Title: H-STEM Enterprise
The H-STEM Enterprise provides students with project-based experiences that ultimately aim to improve human health. The team includes students from a broad range of backgrounds (e.g., biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, exercise science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, medical lab science, robotics). These students work collaboratively on projects in the areas of rehabilitation engineering, healthcare, and public health.
Project 1: The goal of this project is to design, construct, and deliver a cost-effective body-weight supported treadmill for use with patients who have balance and mobility impairments (e.g., stroke, osteoarthritis, joint surgery).
Project 2: The goal of this project is to design, construct, and deliver a cost-effective leg extension machine for use after knee surgery (e.g., ACL ligament surgery, total knee replacement).
Tyler Ryynanen, Robotics Engineering; Atlas Rosenburg, Mechanical Engineering
Steven J. Elmer, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Michigan Tech: College of Sciences and Arts, College of Engineering, Health Research Institute, Dept. of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Dept. of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Enterprise Program
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.
This year we are continuing our research on disposable face masks. We have a 3D printer built and we have three different melting techniques for the face masks. The end goal of our project is to be creating practical products and using disposable face masks to create a successful filament for our 3D printer.
Cassidy Grobbel, Chemical Engineering; Dan Unglenieks, Natural Resources Management
Mark Rudnicki, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Michigan Tech - Tech Forward Initiative on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
117. Humane Interface Design (HIDE)
The members of Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) come together to design, develop, and evaluate interfaces. The goal is to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. As a whole, 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) has nine sub-teams this year. We have selected four to showcase at the Design Expo. The first is GDLS, which is developing tools for web scraping, image labeling, and building data sets of military images. These sets will be used for training, validating, and testing convolutional neural networks for combat material classification. The second project is LB, a web-app to help organize Little Brothers' transportation program. The third is PillowTalk, a research project to build a multi-interface inflatable cushion. The fourth is Health Resource Hub, a site to help UP residents browse/search for helpful resources, such as food, education, health, and housing.
Abby Myers and Ian Lawrie, Software Engineering
Robert Pastel, Computer Science
General Dynamics Land Systems, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Western UP Health Department, Superior Health Foundation, Mel and Gloria Visser
118. Husky Game Development
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.
They say that the mansion on the other side of town is haunted, but is it really? The kids tell stories on how dangerous the house is, but they have never made it through the door. That's when you decided to enter the mansion and see what the fuss was about. You didn't believe those rumors, until you found yourself waking up in a strange room within the mansion after blacking out at the door. Explore the mansion with the mysterious young girl that lives there, solve puzzles to progress and escape the mansion. Will you make it out or will you let your fears get the best of you?
Ethan Fournier, Computer Science; Devin Stewart, Software Engineering
Scott Kuhl, Computer Science
119. 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.
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 on the project’s first fully functional prototype, and has designed a new prototype that reflects improvements based on testing.
Maggie Blevins and Morgan Thomas, Biomedical Engineering
Nathan Manser, Geological and Mining Engineering and Radheshyam Tewari, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
General Motors, Tree Frog Aquagric LLC
120. IT Oxygen
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 worlds of cutting-edge software development, networking, security, system administration, and business. This includes problem solving, teamwork experience, and sharpening communication skills. IT Oxygen seeks to provide the best place for students to learn and grow, both professionally and as individuals, by providing the best environment available for students to thrive and produce great work.
The IT Operations team uses enterprise-grade hardware and software to provide the services our teams need to develop their projects. The team also helps its members gain hands-on experience with managing infrastructure (servers, networking, etc.). Operations is dedicated to improving, monitoring, and scaling the IT Oxygen infrastructure. In addition, our Security division manages the cybersecurity aspect of our organization. They maintain a security-focused mindset when implementing, maintaining, and decommissioning infrastructure. The Security division ensures that IT Oxygen follows best practices to maintain data integrity for our clients' project data. This includes periodically conducting penetration testing on our network to find and promptly fix any vulnerabilities that may be present.
Adam Fulton, Computer Network and System Administration; Peter LaMantia, Software Engineering
Nagesh Hatti, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Miller Electric, Ford C3, Michigan Tech Biomedical Engineering Department, Michigan Tech Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering Department
121. Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise (MINE)
The Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise (MINE) seeks to design, test, and implement robotic technologies for extracting and using local resources, construction, and characterization in extreme environments. These environments currently include Lunar, Martian and flooded subterranean environments on Earth. MINE works in multidisciplinary groups to develop technology to perform tasks in extreme environments on Earth and on other planets. Extreme environments include the space environment (vacuum, temperature extremes, lunar dust, minerals and lunar and Martian ice), underground remote operation and autonomy as well as unstructured and GPS denied environments on Earth and other planetary bodies, as well as exploring flooded mines. We participate in NASA’s lunabotics competition, build and test robotic vehicles and technologies directly related to state of the art research for a variety of customers (Government, Commercial, Internal).
The Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise is working on four main projects this year: Lunabotics, Lunar Trencher, DIVER and Adaptive Boom Arm. The Lunabotics team is taking part in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition held at the Kennedy Space Center where they are developing and testing a lunar rover according to NASA's requirements and rules of the competition. Lunar Trencher is working on developing a bucket ladder that is capable of operating in a lunar simulated vacuum chamber to obtain data on excavating in lunar conditions. DIVER is working on building a ROV that is capable of descending down into the Quincy mine to map the flooded tunnels and collect water samples. The Adaptive Boom Arm project aims to develop a highly maneuverable arm that can reach areas obstructed by obstacles where traditional boom arms would struggle.
Timothy Hamilton and Brian Geiger, Mechanical Engineering
Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Enterprise Manufacturing Initiative funded by General Motors, JLG Industries, Huskyworks, Michigan Space Grant Consortium
122. 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.
This year, multiple projects are underway in OSHE. The Growbot, the Camera Quadcopter, Glucose Meter, Recycle Bot, Lasersaur, 3D Printer Automation, Kewee-Meters, and BREAD projects are all encompassed by the OSHE group. Each project seeks to employ the concepts of open-source development in their process from concept to the final product.
Isaac Fortier, Computer Engineering; Anders Smitterberg, Mechanical Engineering
Shane Oberloier, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Enterprise Manufacturing Initiative funded by General Motors
123. 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.
SAE AutoDrive Challenge II is our enterprise's largest endeavor with the goal of creating a SAE J3016 Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle over the course of a 4-year competition. In the first year of the new iteration of the challenge, our team divided themselves into 5 subteams that are each responsible for navigating different aspects of the challenge, including Perception, Simulation, Software, Innovation, and Project Management teams. The year end goal is to outfit a tool chest with autonomous vehicle (AV) sensors to simulate real world perception challenges AVs have in an urban environment before taking delivery of the new vehicle for future competition development.
The GVSC Leader-Follower project is focused on the creation of a partially manned, autonomous, leader-follower convoy using Clearpath Jackals Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) as our robotic platform. By automating convoys, our sponsor, US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), hopes to reduce the risk to human life. We have transitioned from a simulated system to physically implementing our code on the UGVs with IMU, GPS, and LiDAR sensors paired with cross-vehicle communication and are working on finishing the demonstration using several different UGVs to demonstrate a pure convoy in a turnkey demo.
The Niryo Ned Arm team aims to use a 6-axis robotic arm to create a demonstration using custom made tools and a computer vision upgrade kit to analyze, move, and transform objects for the ultimate goal of learning about robotic systems and their applications.
The T-Shirt Cannon team is using a Pioneer robot chassis to mount and transport a custom designed pneumatic barrel for the goal of firing T-Shirts at Michigan Tech sporting and promotional events. The team is resuming work from past semesters and are working on improving the cannon to be reliable and sustainable for regular, safe use.
Ian Mattson, Electrical Engineering; Jay Monique, Mechanical Engineering
Jeremy Bos, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Darrell Robinette, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
US Army Ground Vehicles Systems Center (GVSC), SAE AutoDrive, General Motors
124. 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.
The Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC) is a business/engineering collaboration focused on marine energy research and a worldwide competition to test and design new marine energy devices.
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, sponsored by the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), is working to develop and design a device that can be used by the US Navy to compensate for buoyancy differences on small underwater vehicles due to 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.
The GLRC-sponsored Senior Design team is focused on developing an autonomous surface water vehicle to retrieve and deploy small buoys.
Seth Olson, Mechanical Engineering and Fiona Chow, Management Information Systems
Timothy C. Havens, Computer Science
Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Ford Motor Company, Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC), Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC)
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 four bicycle-related projects.
- The Simple Dropper Post project's goal is 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 Cleveland Cliff's advanced high-strength steel to explore the viability of using this exciting new material.
- The Hot Pawz team is designing rechargeable heated grips and a heated water bottle cage for riding during colder temperatures.
- Last but not least...the Voodoo Hubs project aims to model and validate Senger Innovations’ revolutionary rear wheel hub freewheel system
Jorge Povich and Eamon McClintock, Mechanical Engineering
Steve Lehmann, Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland Cliffs, Senger Innovations, Enterprise Program
126. 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.
With all WCE projects, the team’s goal is to allow students to 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. Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE) is currently supporting four different project groups with both internal and external sponsors. The current sponsored projects include working with Whirlpool to develop a method for predicting the failure of certain components on their washing machines, and working with Stellantis to implement a wireless battery management module that allows for the communication of multiple batteries without wiring them into a central unit. Currently we are internally working on two internal projects that include focusing lasers in order to generate images. The second project involves the development of autonomous control schemes for drones.
Eric Steve and Sierra Derusha, Electrical Engineering
Christopher Cischke, Electrical and Computer Engineering
127. High School Enterprise—Dollar Bay 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.
Maggie Gaunt and Anthony Datto
Matthew Zimmer, Dollar Bay High School
Dollar Bay Tamarack City Area K12 School, Lake Superior Stewardship
128. Combustion Analysis System for AMS Dynamometer Labs
As part of Michigan Tech’s signature Enterprise Program, AMS represents a consortium of four of the vehicle competition Enterprise teams—Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula Car, and Supermileage Systems. Each AMS team is an interdisciplinary organization of students whose goal is to develop a complete vehicle—from concept, through prototyping and testing, and on to final build and ‘delivery’ at the respective competitions. While each team operates as a separate Enterprise entity, the AMS umbrella enables our teams to leverage the diverse talent, economies of scale, and synergistic opportunities afforded to the group as a whole. Ultimately, this hands-on learning environment allows AMS members to develop critical business, engineering, communication, and leadership skills for a successful transition into the workforce.
The goal of the combustion analysis system (CAS) for AMS dynamometer labs project is to develop a standalone movable CAS that can interact with engine dynamometer and computer data acquisition systems in each of the AMS dynamometer test cells. The main purpose of the standalone CAS is to allow AMS enterprise teams to better understand and improve the combustion physics and performance of their respective engine applications. The project is currently in its second phase. In this phase, the team is developing the ergonomics of the standalone cart-based system, a custom quick-disconnect panel for data acquisition I/O, and implementing high-resolution rotary encoders into the AMS dynamometers.
Scott Miers, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
A&D Technology Inc.
129. Automating an Aquaponics System
As a result of a sponsorship from Tree Frog Aquagric, the Aquaponics project was created in the spring of 2021. The objective of this project is to innovate an aquaponics system located in Vihiga County, Kenya, in order to increase efficiency, functionality, and viability, by minimizing waste and maximizing production. The Aquaponics project is centered around building an aeration system that regulates dissolved oxygen levels in the system. The team will be traveling to Kenya to install the system this upcoming May.
Riley Dickert , Physics; Cynthia Wurtz and Ross Richards, Mechanical Engineering; Avery Cassel, Environmental Engineering; Emma Kantola, Electrical Engineering
Nathan Manser, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences and Radheshyam Tewari, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Tree Frog Aquagric