Enterprises are student-led companies embracing rich experiences in engineering design, team building, project management, and end-to-end original product development. The program gives teams of students from varied disciplines the opportunity to work for several semesters in a business-like setting to solve real-world engineering problems supplied by industry partners. Typical activities of an Enterprise team include performing testing and analysis; making recommendations; manufacturing parts; developing products, processes, and services; meeting budgets and schedules; and managing multiple project.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. L. Brad King
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..
Blizzard Baja SAE
Faculty Advisor: Kevin Johnson
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.
Faculty Advisor: Ibrahim Miskioglu
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.
Clean Snowmobile Team
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Blough
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.
Faculty Advisor: Jim DeClerck
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!
Hybrid Electric Vehicle
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.
Faculty Advisor: Rick Berkey
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.
Faculty Advisor: Steven D. Lehmann
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.