Industry Partners: Alcoa, ArcelorMittal USA, Eck Industries, Forging Industry Association, GE Aviation, Linamar, Magline, Inc., Meritor, Waupaca Foundries, Inc.
Faculty Advisors: Paul Sanders, Russell Stein
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 /5950 / 5960 - Section 1
Disciplines Needed: ME, MET, MSE, EE, EET, Business, STC
In 2009, the Innovative Castings (ICE) and Program in Integrated Sustainable Manufacturing (PrISM) Enterprises officially merged to create the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). The merger leveraged ICE’s strengths in metal casting with PrISM’s product development and manufacturing competencies. AME seeks to expand its foundry facilities to encompass a wider range of solidification processes including die casting, investment casting and continuous casting. Students model, fabricate and characterize metallic systems, such as aluminum, iron, zinc, titanium and nickel-based alloys.Ready to get your hands on high-impact metal-casting projects? Cast a wider net with the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME). Work with high-quality metals and metallic components to fabricate patterns, molds, dies, and other specialized components for industry sponsors—all in our state-of-the-art casting and metallurgy labs. Companies routinely seek our students for summer internships and full-time positions.
The Advanced Motor Sports (AMS) Enterprise oversees the work of Tech’s four vehicle competition Enterprise teams: Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, and Supermileage Systems. While each operates as a separate Enterprise, AMS encourages the teams to share talent, resources, and opportunities. Whether you’re into safety, powertrain controls, emissions, or chassis vehicle systems, you’ll find your fit—and the opportunity to work with industry sponsors like 3M, Chrysler, Ford, Caterpillar, and more—with AMS.
Enterprise Team: Aerospace Spacecraft Design
Industry Partners: ABSL Space Products, AeroPhysics, AFOSR/AFRL/AIAA, AGI, Altia, AMP Netconnect, Analog Devices, Bartington, C&R Technologies, Connect Tech Inc., Dumore Corporation, Israel Aerospace Industries, PCB Piezotronics, Raytheon, SAIC, Systems Integration Plus Inc., The Mathworks, TiNi Aerospace Inc., Tyco Electronics, Wind River
Faculty Advisor: Dr. L. Brad King
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 21
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC, PH
The Aerospace Enterprise was established to provide hands-on aerospace education and experience to Michigan Tech undergraduate students. Its objective is to design and fly several Michigan Tech student-built spacecraft. In pursuit of this objective, emphasis will be placed on space mission design and analysis, vehicle integration, systems engineering, and comprehensive ground-testing and qualification. Currently the Aerospace Enterprise is assembling and testing the Oculus-ASR nanosatellite in conjunction with the Air Force Research Lab. Oculus-ASR advances space situational awareness by allowing ground-based observers the opportunity to anchor algorithms capable of determining spacecraft altitude using unresolved optical imagery. In 2012, the Enterprise participated in the University Nanosatellite Program competition and took first place, earning a launch position on a SpaceX Falcom Heavy in 2015..
Alternative Energy Enterprise
Industry Partner: Keweenaw Research Center
Faculty Advisor: Jay Meldrum
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 23
Disciplines Needed: All welcome especially need CM, ME, EE, BA, STC
Formed in 2002 as an evolution of the Michigan Tech AIChE Chem-E Car team, AFG provides opportunities for young professionals in multiple academic disciplines to research and develop alternative energy sources. Projects, research, and development are done in conjunction with industry sponsors to give viable solutions to real-world energy problems. Current projects include district geothermal heating in Calumet, using water from abandoned mineshafts, solar power analysis in the Keweenaw, using current photovoltaic installations and a biofuels project for a new pyrolysis pilot plant..
Blue Marble Security
Industry Partners: ArcelorMittal, Fives Dyag, NCIAA and Dr. Adrienne Minerick
Faculty Advisor: Glen Archer
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 2
Disciplines Needed: All
Prepare for a high-achieving career in technology as an undergraduate with the Blue Marble Security Enterprise. Blue Marble Security is a virtual company of undergraduate students focused on securing the future through thoughtful use of technology and has developed a culture that fosters high professional standards, creativity, productivity, and a burning desire to learn. This student-led company combines a rich educational experience in engineering design, team building, project management, and original product development. Some notable projects include an autonomous robot built to compete in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, a simple heart rate monitor for education and community outreach, and a portable blood typing device. Additionally, the enterprise has two industry-sponsored projects involving metal fracture analysis and an employee resource scheduling database. The word “security” for BMS is defined by the provision of technological support to a nation‘s defense, corporate economy, and the personal well-being of all its people. BMS strives to improve an individual‘s safety, security, and health through the use of resourceful creativity. With this experience, BMS graduates are ready for the world‘s most challenging careers.
The BoardSport Technologies Enterprise (BST) strives to produce new, refined, and attractive boards by making them lighter, stronger, and with innovative materials. BST focuses on the engineering, design, and manufacturing of skis, snowboards, skateboards, longboards, wakeboards, and other products related to the board sports industry.
Cin/Optic Communication and Media
Industry Partner: Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program
Faculty Advisor: Erin Smith
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 27
As an Enterprise team led and managed by students, Cin/Optic Communication and Media's goal is to develop student skills in the areas of video design and production. By balancing the creative and technical aspects of video, the primary goal is to focus on clients' needs and expectations, while developing artistically engineered products. By capitalizing on creative and technical strengths, concomitantly fortifying relationships with businesses (local or global), video technology corporations, talent, and audiences, Cin/Optic Media stands to broaden Michigan Tech students' education in the media industry through real-world business experience.
Consumer Product Manufacturing
Industry Partner: Dr. Robert Carnahan, Cinetic Automation, Kimberly Clark, nanoMag, MTU Pavlis Institute, MTU Sustainable Futures Institute
Faculty Advisors: Tony Rogers and Sean Clancey
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 8
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CM, CS, FW, BA, STC
CPM aims to empower students with the entrepreneurial, technical, and professional skills to conceive, develop, and market successful products in a company setting. Skills learned in conceiving and designing innovative products and improving manufacturing processes will be readily applicable to other types of products and commodities. In addition, all majors are welcome to contribute to the team and its goals. The team’s most recent projects include optimizing manufacturing processes, developing improved drying methods for commercial part washers, optimizing and designing a sustainable aquaponics system, improving watershed models to provide advanced flood warning, integrating high-tech materials into athletic equipment, tailoring biochar production to meet the needs of developing countries, and working with a commercial partner to produce charcoal fuel for cook stoves in West Africa..
Digital Mapping Enterprise
Industry Partner: Michigan Tech School of Technology
Faculty Advisor: Eugene Levin
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 /5950 / 5960 - Section 28
Disciplines Needed: Geology, Civil Engineering, Forestry, Computer Science, Surveying
The Digital Mapping Enterprise (DME) aims to implement real-life geospatial mapping projects relying on the processing of aerial, satellite, and UAV imagery: LIDAR, Radar, IfSAR, and Hydrographic sonar data as well as GPS/GNSS, electronic instruments and surveying materials. More importantly, the mapping projects facilitate students’ deep understanding of various geospatial disciplines including photogrammetry, remote sensing, geodesy, image interpretation, digital cartography and GIS.
Efficiency through Engineering and Construction
Industry Partners: Ford Forestry Center, MDOT
Faculty Advisor: Lynn A. Artman
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 14
Courses: Student team-member enrollment - Section 14
ETEC’s mission is to work with communities to implement energy-efficient designs into new and existing construction projects. MDOT sponsored a study to evaluate the performance of surface materials in railroad crossings. The team collected and analyzed data to come up with solutions based on the information available. Extensive research was done with other state transportation departments and literature sources to help find significant data on the subject. Our notable accomplishments include second place in the West Michigan Emerging Green Builders Design Competition in 2007, and partnering with New Power Tour and at-risk high school students to winterize area homes for low-income elderly residents.
Forestry and Environmental Resource Management (FERM)
FERM offers the Forestry and Environmental Resource Management (FERM™) program as an innovative, hands-on opportunity in undergraduate applied ecology and forestry education. This residency-type, forestry enterprise program provides valuable experience as multi-level teams of students plan, implement, and oversee actual conservation-oriented management on portions of the School's 4,609 acre forest. In this one-of-a-kind program students gain real-world experience as they learn and realize the lasting impacts that their investments of time and energy have for themselves, the School, the community, and the lands.
General and Expedition Adventure Research (GEAR)
Team Description: The General and Expedition Adventure Research Enterprise (GEAR) was created to provide students an outlet to combine their technical knowledge and skills with their passion for the outdoors by collaborating with the outdoor recreation industry to develop new products and new processes. Launched in Fall 2014, GEAR's mission is to educate students in the fundamentals of product development for customer need through product and process design and testing, prototyping, supply chain management, marketing and distribution. Want to be a part of the next big thing in outdoor recreation hard and soft goods? Check out the GEAR Enterprise Website to see the new happenings and follow our GEARlife blog!
The goal of the Green Campus Enterprise is to develop the analytical tools and knowledge necessary to support sustainability decision making and, in concert with other groups, design and implement projects to improve the sustainability of the Michigan Tech campus. The group is working closely with Michigan Tech’s administration to effectively engage the university community in reducing our carbon footprint. The Carbon Neutral AQIP project was initiated to improve the integration of sustainability into Michigan Tech’s research and education.
Humane Interface Design
Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE), provides students an opportunity to design, develop and evaluate interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. Initially, the group is working on building a driver simulator and evaluating Chrysler's U-connect radio and display—a touch screen display found in current luxury model cars.
Husky Game Development
Industry Partners: Chrysler Group LLC
Faculty Advisor: Scott Kuhl
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 18
Disciplines Needed: Scientific & Technical Communication, Education, Computer Science, Business, Arts & Design; all are welcome
Our mission is to design and develop games for business, education, and fun. We work as an interdisciplinary, student-run Enterprise that fosters productivity, creativity, and effective business practices. Our members work in small teams of four to six people, exploring a wide variety of video game engines and platforms, including Windows, Android, Xbox, and an experimental Display Wall and three-dimensional motion-tracking system. The team competes in a local 24-hour game development challenge, the Houghton Game Jam, and recently co-hosted BonzAI Brawl, an AI coding competition. One of the group’s games, Arcane Brawlers, was recently released on Xbox Marketplace. Game on!
Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Industry Partners: General Motors, LG Chem Power Inc.
Coordinators: Robert Page, John Lukowski
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 04
The goal of this Enterprise is to promote and learn about advanced hybrid vehicles in order to reduce fuel consumption and be more environmentally friendly. The Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Enterprise is a three-year program to research, design, build, and test a state-of-the-art hybrid electric vehicle, based on a 1950 Chevrolet truck. Students work on projects such as designing and implementing power distribution, component mounting, and thermal management solutions. HEV Enterprise also incorporates Senior Design projects as well.
Innovative Global Solutions
The Innovative Global Solutions (IGS) Enterprise offers a unique opportunity for students to design and build systems and products for developing countries in need of them. Through working with other organizations on campus including the Pavlis Institute, the Peace Corps program, and International Senior Design, they will implement or introduce these solutions in the targeted developing countries. Beyond the implementation of these products and solutions the IGS Enterprise designs, the students will work with the School of Business and Economics to look for commercialization opportunities within the developing countries it assists. Currently, the IGS students are working on developing a second version of a low cost ventilator in cooperation with the engineering and medical staff at KNUST University in Kumasi and the Pavlis Institute.
Industry Partner: Bluesky Health, CCI Systems, Target
Faculty Advisor: Russ Louks
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 10
Disciplines Needed: CS, BA, STC, All Engineering
IT Oxygen focuses on developing information system and information technology solutions. Our areas of expertise include systems and information analysis, software development, database design, and web-based application development. We are a cross-disciplinary group, drawing from multiple fields of study. Current projects include Target Cloud, mobile, and wireless, as well as Android development, malware research, and hardware. Our goal is to provide real-world projects that allow our members to build leading-edge software development and information technology skills that will make them more marketable when looking for jobs after graduation.
Mining INnovation and Engineering
Mining INnovation and Engineering (MINE)
MINE students will be designing, testing, and implementing mining innovation technology for industry partners. They will work on interdisciplinary teams to solve current and future challenges in the mining industry. Some of these aspects include the improvement of safety and working conditions and increasing productivity and efficiency as well as equipment design and optimization. Through hands-on projects students involved in MINE will develop leadership skills, communication skills, and business operation experience related to the mining industry.
Open Source Hardware
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Pearce
Course Number: ENT 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 33
Disciplines Needed: All are welcome. Specific needs include BA, CS, EE, MEEM, MSE, MTE, STC
The Open Source Hardware Enterprise aims to link high school, college and professional organizations through the development of open source hardware. The initial focus of the enterprise is to develop high value products (e.g. scientific equipment) from rapid prototyping and reuse of waste materials (e.g. glass, plastic and newspaper) but will expand into development of equipment to assist in local food production and open source appropriate technology for the global community. All designs will be open source and will be licensed in such a way as to ensure non-exclusivity.
Industry Partners: ArcelorMittal, Great Lakes Research Center
Faculty Advisor: Glen Archer
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 15
Disciplines Needed: All welcome, especially need MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC
From the time people wake up in the morning to the time they go to sleep at night, they are surrounded by electronic devices. However, none of these devices compare to the advanced robotic systems used in the Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE). With projects ranging from a vision system that triangulates the location of a molten steel nozzle to an intelligent power management system that powers the Great Lakes Research weather buoys, RSE has projects that everyone can be interested in with real-world results.
Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences (SENSE)
The SENSE (Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences) 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 our armed forces. Prepare for civilian employment opportunities in Department of Defense research labs or with DoD contractors.
Industry Partners: Cane Creek Cycling Components, Specialized Bicycles, Thomson Bike Products
Faculty Advisor: Steven D. Lehmann
Course Numbers: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 31
Disciplines Needed: All welcome, we have projects that suit every major on campus. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome whether seeking enterprise credit, independent study credit, project credit, or no credit. Riders and non-riders equally welcome.
Velovations collaborates with the bicycle industry to develop new products and new processes. The goal of Velovations is to educate students in the fundamentals of a product development for customer need, through product and process design and testing, manufacturing, supply chain management, marketing, and distribution.
Industry Partner: Chrysler, Concept 2, HGST, IRHC Broomball, Kyocera, MTS Systems Corporation, Technical Expert Network
Faculty Advisor: Christopher (Kit) Cischke
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 3
Disciplines Needed: All majors!! EE CE ME BA Bio STC CPE, you name it we need it
Whether you’re into vehicle information and controls, robotics, or medical information solutions, the Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE) has a project for you. The group specializes in a variety of wireless, optical, renewable-energy, and biomedical technologies—from embedding pacemaker data onto Smartphones to designing an autonomous robot utilizing GPS technology. WCE functions as a model of an engineering company with a variety of different project teams. Small teams allow students to be very involved in project work and give students the opportunity to gain technical skills, business presentation skills, and leadership experience. WCE offers a variety of projects involving wireless technologies, such as RFID and Bluetooth, as well as many other projects well suited for electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering students. Past projects include design of a mobile printing application, a GPS-guided robot, an arcade game, a mobile application for vehicle HVAC control, and design of a supplemental solar-power system for a school. WCE works as an entrepreneurial think tank, generating ideas that yield useful results for industry and consumers alike; new challenges from are always welcome!