Vehicle Design & Transportation

Advanced Motorsports

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.

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Enterprise TeamAerospace 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 AdvisorDr. 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..

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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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Blizzard Baja SAE

Industry Partners:  A&P Technology, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Aristo-Cast, Aurora Bearing Company, AutoDesk, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Cummins, DENSO, Ford, GM, Hydro-Force, John Deere, Kohler, Mitsubishi Electric, Pi Innovo, Polaris, TeamTech, 3M
Faculty Advisor: Kevin Johnson
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960 - Section 6
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC

Michigan Tech’s long-standing tradition in Baja SAE dates back to the first competition in 1981. Tech pioneered the Winter Baja Invitational and continues to host and organize it annually. The Michigan Tech Blizzard Baja Enterprise is a student-led organization that designs, builds, and tests a single-seat off-road vehicle to compete in a national competition. The team’s students use modern engineering and manufacturing processes to enhance vehicle performance by focusing on reduction of vehicle mass, maximization of drivetrain efficiency, improvement of driver visibility and comfort, and optimization of off-road vehicle handling and maneuverability. Each year, the team designs and builds a completely new vehicle for entrance into one or more of the national SAE Baja events. The team also organizes their own Winter Baja International event in February which brings nearly 20 universities and 50 vehicles to the Upper Peninsula each year.  Michigan Tech’s Baja team has a long history of success in SAE competitions.  In 2012 Blizzard Baja placed 8th among nearly 100 teams in the Baja SAE Wisconsin event.

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Clean Snowmobile Enterprise

Industry Partners:  AMSOIL, ArcelorMittal, ArcticFX, Autodesk, Camoplast, Chrysler, Cummins, DENSO, E3, Ford Motor Company, HMK, IceAge, John Deere, NGK, Oshkosh, Polaris, 3M, TiAL Sport, Vconverter, Woody’s
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Blough
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 /5950 / 5960- Section 7

The overall team goal is to design and build a snowmobile that achieves reduced emissions and noise characteristics, minimizes additional cost, all while keeping performance equal to or better than the performance of stock snowmobiles. The Clean Snowmobile Enterprise is creating a clean-burning snowmobile that runs on isobutanol and a full electric snowmobile. Some of the major projects include an exhaust system, an intake system, and a new fuel calibration for the internal combustion snowmobile, as well as a new rear drive system for the electric snowmobile. The team competes in the Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center.

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Formula SAE

Industry Partners:  Alcoa, A&P Technology, ArcelorMittal, Autodesk, Chrysler, Continental, Cummins, John Deere, DENSO, Ford, GM, Meritor, Mitsubishi Electric, Oshkosh Corporation, Plascore, Polaris, TeamTech, 3M
Faculty Advisor - Jim DeClerck 
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 / 5950 / 5960- Section 5
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC, EE and EET

Formula SAE is a student competition where more than 100 teams from universities around the world build a formula-style race car to compete in both static and dynamic events at the annual Formula SAE world competition held in Michigan. The concept is to build an affordable race car geared towards the weekend auto-crosser where the static engineering innovations and dynamic racing capabilities are judged and ranked. Michigan Tech has a long history of top performing cars. Each year we push the racing envelope to develop cutting edge innovations that will create the future of racing!

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Industry Partner: 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.

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Mining INnovation and Engineering (MINE)

Faculty Advisor: Paul Van Susante

Course Numbers: ENT 1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 32

Disciplines Needed: All our 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: ENT 1960 / 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.

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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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. 

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