The Enterprise Program

Faculty Advisors

Glen E. Archer

  • Interim Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Principal Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Image processing
  • Undergraduate EE labs
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Electronic warfare
  • Information operations

Andrew Barnard

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, SENSE Enterprise

Areas of Expertise

  • Acoustics
  • Noise Control
  • Vibration
  • Real Time Control Systems
  • LabVIEW programming and instruction

Research Interests

  • Advanced Measurements and Signal Processing
  • Acoustic Intensity and Vector Sensors
  • Room Acoustics
  • Acoustic Material Characterization
  • Outdoor Sound Propagation
  • Physical Acoustics
  • NI LabVIEW Data Acquisition and Control
  • Microphones
  • Crowd Noise
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Structural Acoustics
  • Array Signal Processing
Richard Berkey

Richard J. Berkey

  • Professor of Practice
  • Director, The Enterprise Program
  • Advisor, Supermileage Systems Enterprise


  • Corporate/Industry Sponsorship
  • Product Development
  • Program Management
  • Lean / Six Sigma / Design for Six Sigma Methodologies

Jason R. Blough

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Design Dynamic Systems Area
  • Clean Snowmobile Team Faculty Advisor, SAE Faculty Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • Vibrations
  • Unique Instrumentation/Data Acquisition
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Noise Control

Research Interests

  • Dynamic Measurement Problems
  • Developing new digital signal processing algorithms to understand NVH type problems
  • Ways to improve the NVH characteristics of virtually any machine

Jeremy P. Bos

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Robotic Systems Enterprise

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Atmospheric optics
  • Statistical optics
  • Quantum optics
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Autonomous vehicles and vehicular networks
  • Industrial automation and controls

Christopher (Kit) Cischke

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty Advisor, Wireless Communication Enterprise

Areas of Interest

  • Parallel computing and UPC
  • Engineering education

James DeClerck

  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, Formula SAE Enterprise

Areas of Expertise

  • Noise and Vibration
  • Model Validation
  • Modal Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Model Validation
  • Digital Data Processing
  • Robust Engineering
  • Noise and Vibration
  • System Design

Brett Hamlin

  • Interim Chair, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Senior Lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Instructor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Research Interests

  • Educational methods
  • Spatial visualization
  • Heat transfer
  • Biomechanics

Nagesh Hatti

  • Professor of Practice, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kevin Johnson

Kevin M. Johnson

  • Lecturer, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Advisor, SAE Baja

Teaching Interests

  • Applied fluid power
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Vibrations

Research Interests

  • Hydraulics
  • Vibrations/Modal Analysis 

L. Brad King

  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor (Space Systems), Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Space Systems Research Group
  • Faculty Advisor, Aerospace Enterprise

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Propulsion
  • Plasma Physics
  • Optical Fluid Diagnostics

Research Interests

  • Design of in-situ electrostatic probes
  • Ion-energy analysis and time-of-flight mass spectrometry
  • Doppler laser cooling of trapped ions
  • Optical flow diagnostics
  • Antimatter confinement

Scott A. Kuhl

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Husky Game Development Enterprise

Area of Expertise

  • Computer Graphics
  • Virtual Environments
  • Head-mounted displays
  • Human Perception
Steven Lehmann

Steven D. Lehmann

  • Staff Engineer II, Biomedical Engineering
  • Advisor, Velovations Enterprise


  •  LabVIEW programming and instruction
  • Data Acquisition
  • Test Automation
  • Sensors

Jonathan Leinonen

  • Senior Lecturer in Management, College of Business
  • Faculty Advisor, Enterprise Business Initiative


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Development
  • Economics Development
  • Management Information Systems

Steven Ma

  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Design of Mobile Drilling Equipment
  • Hydraulics and Electro-Hydraulic Control
  • Welding & Fatigue
  • Bolted Joints Design
  • FEA in Structural, Thermal, and Fluid Dynamics
  • Mechanism 

Research Interests

  • Drilling Technology
  • Hydraulics
  • Buckling
  • Welding & Fatigue 

Nathan D. Manser

  • Lecturer, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Innovative Global Solutions Enterprise

Teaching Interests

  • Engineering Problem Solving and Analysis
  • Systems Modeling
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Mining Methods and Materials Handling 

Research Interests

  • Biotechnology Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Consequences of Mining Waste
  • Engineering Education 

Jay Meldrum

  • Director, Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center
  • Executive Director, Sustainability
  • Faculty Advisor, Alternative Energy Enterprise

Ibrahim Miskioglu

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, BoardSport Technologies Enterprise
  • Solid Mechanics (SM) Area Director and Faculty Advisor, SEM

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Composite Materials

Research Interests

  • Use of severe plastic deformation to alter properties of materials
  • Failure studies of random fiber composites with applications to structural problems
  • Failure of sandwich panels with applications to structural problems
  • Nanoscale properties of interphase in polymer matrix composites
  • Photomechanics integrated with digital image processing for thermomechanical stress analysis

Audra Morse, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE

  • Department, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Built World Enterprise

Links of Interest  

Built World Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water reclamation systems and Fate of personal products in treatment systems

Robert Pastel

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Humane Interface Design Enterprise

Links of Interest

Area of Expertise

  • Mobile App Design and Usability
  • Software Development and Processes
  • Computer Science Education

Joshua M. Pearce

  • Richard Witte Endowed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Open Source Hardware Enterprise

Areas of Interest

  • Photovoltaic Materials and Electronic Device Physics of Solar Photovoltaic Cells, Solar Energy Systems and Distributed Generation
  • Green Engineering: Solar Energy, Sustainable Development, Open Source Appropriate Technology, Waste Recycling, Circular Economy, and Energy Policy
  • Open Source Hardware, 3-D Printing, RepRap (self-replicating rapid prototyper), Low-cost Metal 3-D Printing, Distributed Manufacturing, Scientific Hardware

Darrell L. Robinette

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Powertrain control
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Drivetrain dynamics
  • Torque converters
  • Hybrid electric vehicle system integration and control

Research Interests

  • Advanced propulsion and power transfer systems
  • Automatic transmission systems design
  • Integration and control
  • Hybrid electric propulsion systems
  • Driveline torsional vibration analysis and testing
  • Rotating machinery NVH
  • Dynamic/digital signal processing
  • Lumped parameter modeling

Tony N. Rogers

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Co-Advisor, Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Process simulation and improvement
  • Physical property prediction and measurement
  • Electrical energy storage

Mark Rudnicki

  • Professor of Practice in Forest Biomaterials
  • Coordinator of Industrial Research, Innovation, and Commercialization

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Tree biomechanics
  • Wind and trees
  • Dendrochronology
  • Extension and Outreach
Paul Sanders
"The more you do, the more you do."
—George Sanders (my Dad)

Paul G. Sanders

  • Patrick Horvath Endowed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University

Teaching Interests

  • Integration of design, ICME tools, Six Sigma, and experiments to create new materials
  • Material (Metal) Design: Microstructure design through alloy and processing
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Thermo-Calc, MAGMASOFT
  • Six Sigma: Application of statistical tools to material design; especially designed experiments
  • Synthesize new materials through melt, deformation, or additive methods
  • Apply design, ICME, statistics, and experiments in undergraduate Capstone Design experiences

Research Interests

  • Material Design in aluminum, ferrous, nickel, copper, and zinc systems
  • Application of ICME and statistical tools to material design; use designed experiments (especially mixture DOEs and machine learning) to assess thermodynamic and kinetic processing space
  • Experimental verification of simulated material designs through metal casting, wrought (extrusion, rolling, drawing, swaging) processing, and/or additive manufacturing
  • Design and assess mechanical (tensile/fatigue/creep), electrical (conductivity), wear, and corrosion properties
  • Applications in sustainability, transportation (light weighting), efficiency (high temperature stability), and wear resistance (in process surface optimization)
  • Research areas: high temperature aluminum, cast iron, and nickel alloys; high strength aluminum, aluminum and steel alloys for wire-based additive manufacturing

David R. Shonnard

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair in Sustainable Materials
  • Director, Sustainable Futures Institute

Research Interests

  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Alternative energy/Biofuels
  • Sustainability
Erin Smith
"Also, you'll find a pair of safety glasses and some earplugs under your seats. Please feel free to use them."
—Max Fischer, Rushmore

Erin Smith

  • Director, Humanities Digital Media Zone
  • Principal Lecturer in Digital Media and Cinema, Humanities
  • Faculty Advisor, Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise


  • Digital Media Production
  • Documentary Production and Theory
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Academic Technology Administration
  • British Literature

Radheshyam Tewari

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Graduate Seminar Series Coordinator
  • Faculty Advisor, Innovative Global Solutions Enterprise

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing
  • Senior Capstone Design Projects
  • Product Realization
  • Dynamics
  • Manufacturing
  • Metrology
  • Production Planning
  • Quality Engineering
  • Design of Experiments
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Micromanufacturing
  • Semiconductor Fabrication
  • Implantable Medical Devices

Areas of Expertise

  • Micromachining
  • Micromanufacturing
  • Semiconductor Fabrication Processes

Research Interests

  • Microsystems Development
  • Nanotechnology
  • Medical Devices
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Engineering Education

Paul van Susante

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Mining Innovation Enterprise (MINE) Faculty Advisor

Teaching Interests

  • Engineering Design Process
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • System Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Practice
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Intro to Aerospace Engineering
  • Senior Design Capstone / Enterprise Project
  • Product Realization

Areas of Expertise

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Structural Design
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Engineering Design Process
  • System Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering (Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Architecture)
  • Extreme Environment Design
  • Civil and Mining Engineering
  • Education
  • Optimization and Modeling

Research Interests

  • Advances in Engineering Education
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Extreme Environment Technologies (Space, Underwater, Mining, Arctic, etc.)
  • Excavation and Mining Technology
  • Planetary Science and Exploration
  • Design Optimization
  • Robotics and Automation
  • System Engineering and Integration
  • Additive Manufacturing

Scott W. Wagner

  • Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Micro metal forming manufacturing
  • Micro scale hydroforming operations

Teaching Interests

  • Applied thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Industrial safety management
  • Integrated design and manufacturing
  • Materials science
  • Statics and strength of materials

James W. Walker

  • Lecturer, Computer Science
  • Faculty Advisor, IT Oxygen Enterprise

Links of Interest

IT Oxygen Website

Areas of Expertise

  • Virtual Reality
  • CS Education
  • Software Engineering
Christopher Wojick

Christopher Wojick

  • Senior Research Engineer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Green Campus Enterprise