Electronics, Computers & Robotics


Enterprise TeamAerospace Spacecraft Design
Industry Partners: ABSL, AGI, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mathworks, RaytheonSAIC, Systems Integration Plus, Tyco Electronics,  WindRiver
Faculty AdvisorDr. L. Brad King
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 21
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC, PH

Who says a university has to offer an aerospace engineering degree to produce out-of-this-world research? The Aerospace Enterprise provides undergraduate students across a variety of majors the opportunity to design and build a real satellite. Small groups take on the challenges of guidance navigation, on-board data and command, power, imaging, structures, telecom, and systems engineering. Their results are nothing short of impressive: the team took first place in the Air Force Research Laboratory's 2011 national University Nanosat Competition, and the Department of Defense will launch their winning satellite into orbit in 2013.

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Blue Marble Security

Industry Partner: Oshkosh Trucking, Chrysler, Pall Corporation, Department of Energy, IRHC
Faculty Advisor: Glen Archer
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 2
Disciplines Needed: All

Prepare for a high-achieving career in technology as an undergraduate with the Blue Marble Security Enterprise. With an aim to improve safety and security through the thoughtful use of technology, Blue Marble works as a student-run business to provide an array of products and industry-sponsored research and development services—computer-controlled security systems; ultrasonic ranging; sensor data fusion; infrared, acoustic, and sonar imaging systems; and more.

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Husky Game Development

Industry Partners: Autodesk, Chrysler, Michigan Tech ROTC, Michigan Tech Women in Computing Sciences
Faculty Advisor:
 Scott Kuhl
Course Number:  ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 18
Disciplines Needed: Scientific & Technical Communication, Education, Computer Science, Business, Arts & Design; all are welcome

Work hard, play harder. Students involved with the Husky Game Development Enterprise design, develop, build, and market games for the video game industry, educational use, and—of course—for fun. 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!

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Industry Partner:  General Motors
Coordinators: Robert Page, John Lukowski
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 04

Strip a vehicle down, rebuild it, make it better: that’s the drill for the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise. Working with a new Chevrolet Cruze (donated by General Motors), teams of students are tackling all components of electric vehicle performance: control system development, CAD design, electric accessory designs, suspension and ride tuning, hybrid powertrain, aerodynamic body components, and more.

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Industry Partner: bluesky Health, CCI Systems, Target
Faculty Advisor:  Russ Louks
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 10
Disciplines Needed: CS, BA, STC, All Engineering

The ITOxygen Enterprise is a student-run business focusing on developing Information System and Information Technology solutions. With expertise in systems and information analysis, software development, database design, and web-based application development, the group serves a variety of local and regional clients on projects ranging from an open-source donor tracking system to a dashboard website that manages daily operations for a large-scale theater.

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Open Source Hardware

Industry Partner:  
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Pearce
Course Number:  ENT 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - 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.

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Robotics Systems

Industry Partner: ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, General Motors
Faculty Advisor: Alex Sergeyev
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 15
Disciplines Needed: All welcome, especially need MEEM, EE, CS, BA, STC

The Robotics Systems Enterprise bridges high school students, college undergraduates, and members of industry in exciting, hands-on robotics projects. Through real industry research and development, engineering, programming, marketing, and some hard work (and serious play), the group—with help from local youth—builds the coolest, most capable robot they can imagine, then tries to steal the gold at the annual FIRST Robotics Competition.

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