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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Aerospace

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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Alternative Energy Enterprise

Industry Partner:  Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center, Dow Corning, Ford Motor Company, 3M
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wenzhen Li and Jay Meldrum
Course Number:
 ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 23
Disciplines Needed: All welcome especially need CM, ME, EE, BA, STC

Look at energy in a new (solar) light with the Alternative Fuels Group (AFG) Enterprise. The group focuses on investigating and creating a variety of alternative energies—from solar vehicle propulsion and biodiesel-fueled street sweepers to methanol production from natural gas and more. You can build your résumé while working with high-profile sponsors and partners like US Army TACOM.

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Blizzard Baja SAE

Industry Partners: General Motors, Chrysler LLC, DENSO, 3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittlal, Cummins, Ford Motor Company
Faculty Advisor: 
Course Number: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 6
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC

Interested in the Blizzard Baja SAE Enterprise? Buckle up and hold on tight. Each year, the group designs and builds a mini-baja off-road recreational vehicle for competition, focusing on frame, chassis, and suspension improvements. In 2010 alone they placed in the top ten (amongst 89 teams) in Design, Cost, Hill Climb, and Maneuverability categories—and ranked sixteenth overall.

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Clean Snowmobile Team

Industry Partners:  3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, CumminsDeere Foundation, DENSO North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Oshkosh Corporation, Polaris Industries, V-Converter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Blough
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 7

The Clean Snowmobile Team Enterprise is about more than just snowmobiles—it’s an answer to the call for greener outdoor recreation. Each year, Michigan Tech’s team modifies a stock snowmobile to achieve 25 percent reduction in CO emissions, 50 percent reduction in HC emissions, and noise-level reduction to 74dB. Students from a variety of disciplines work on engine, chassis, and drive train design, plus handle business matters, communications, and advertising. It’s all in preparation for their big show: competition at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

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Formula SAE

Industry Partners:  3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Autodesk, BAE Systems, CumminsDeere Foundation, DENSO North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Oshkosh Corporation, Pi Shurlok
Faculty Advisor - Jim De Clerck 
Course Number: ENT1960 / 2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 5
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, MET, MY, BA, STC, EE and EET

Designing and building an Indy-style racecar for competition may sound like a tall order, but for students in the Formula SAE Enterprise, it’s just another day in the shop (and in the lab and on the track). The group focuses on optimization of chassis, frame, wheel, and engine design, plus acceleration, skid pad, endurance, cost, manufacturability, and safety. Their car is then put to the test in the annual Formula SAE Challenge, a competition among more than 100 teams from universities across the nation and around the world.

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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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Supermileage Systems

Industry Partners: 3M, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, CumminsDeere Foundation, DENSO North America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Foundation, MAHLE Powertrain, Mathworks, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Oshkosh Corporation
Faculty Advisor: Rick Berkey
Course Number:
 ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 13
Disciplines Needed: MEEM, EE, CPE, BA, STC, others are welcome.

The result: a super high-mileage vehicle built around a 3.5 HP Briggs & Stratton, 4-stroke single-cylinder engine. To handle the complex job of creating such a vehicle, it takes the work of the Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE). Working as a team, students design and develop components based on automotive systems, vehicle functionality, sound engineering, and more. At the end of each year’s project: the chance to compete against other universities for glory (and the gold).  

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Transportation

Industry Partner: Canadian National, City of Houghton, CXT, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Motors, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. George R. Dewey, P.E.
Course Number:  ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - Section 12
Disciplines Needed: CEE, GE, MEEM, BA, STC

Electric vehicle-charging infrastructures. Rail lubrication solutions. Downtown transit sustainability models. The Transportation Enterprise tackles some of the area’s most challenging transportation-related projects, working with state and local government agencies and engineering firms to brainstorm and initiate solutions. The group is open to undergraduate civil and environmental engineering students with interests in consulting, construction, engineering, research, and more. 

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Velovations

Industry Partners: SRAM, Cane Creek, Kore, Rolf Prima
Faculty Advisor: John Gershenson
Course Numbers: ENT2950 / 2960 / 3950 / 3960 / 3980 / 4900 / 4910 / 4950 / 4960 / 4961 - 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.

Avid cyclists, weekend warriors, biking novices… the students involved with the Velovations Enterprise have a common goal: building a better bike. The team collaborates with the bicycle industry to develop new products and services, from the beginning of the process—researching customer needs and identifying current problems—through the final stages of design, testing, marketing, and distribution. 

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