Materials & Manufacturing

Advanced Metalworks

Industry Partner: Alcoa, ArcelorMittal USA, Eck Industries, Forging Industry Association, GE Aviation, Linamar, Magline, Inc., Meritor, Waupaca Foundries, Inc. 
Faculty Advisor: Paul Sanders, Materials Science and Engineering
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.

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BoardSport Technologies

Industry Partners: ArcelorMittal
Faculty Advisor: Ibrahim Miskioglu
Course Number:
ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 11

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. 

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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..

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General and Expedition Adventure Research Enterprise (GEAR)

Industry Partner: Outdoor Adventure Program
Faculty Advisor: Brett Hamlin
Course Number:
ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 34

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!

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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 / 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. 

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