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..

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Forestry and Environmental Resource Management (FERM)

Faculty Advisor: Jim Schmierer
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 25

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 5,500 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.

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Green Campus

Industry Partner: Michigan Tech 
Faculty Advisor: Chris Wojick
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960- Section 30

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.

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Mining INnovation and Engineering (MINE)

Faculty Advisor: Paul Van Susante
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 32
Disciplines Needed: All are welcome

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.

Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences (SENSE)

Faculty Advisors: Andrew Barnard and Nina Mahmoudian
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 - Section 9

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.

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Supermileage Systems

Industry Partners: 3M, A&P Technology, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Chrysler, Continental, Cummins, DENSO, Ford, GM, John Deere, MAHLE, Meritor, Mitsubishi Electric, Plascore, Polaris, TeamTech
Faculty Advisor: Rick Berkey
Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 13
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CPE, BA, STC, others are welcome.

Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE) is comprised of students working as a design team with the current mission of redesigning the super-high-mileage vehicle that will challenge other engineering schools at the 2015 SAE Supermileage Competition held at Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI.  A new body has been redesigned using computer-aided engineering to minimize drag forces on the body. A new process has been developed for manufacturing the body to reduce overall vehicle mass by 20 percent. The engine team has developed a new fuel injection system and optimized the efficiency testing program to achieve greater engine efficiency. Finally, SSE will soon start work on a second car that is battery-powered.  

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