See photos at 2014 Cherry Festival
The Design Expo highlights hands-on, discovery-based learning at Michigan Tech. More than 600 students in Enterprise and Senior Design teams showcase their work and compete for awards. A panel of judges, made up of corporate representatives and Michigan Tech staff and faculty members, critique the projects. Many of them are sponsored by industry, which allows students to gain valuable experience through competition at the Expo, as well as direct exposure to real industrial problems. The fourteenth annual Expo is a combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation. The event was held in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library Third Floor exhibit area on Thursday April 17, 2014.
The Design Expo highlights the core foundations of a Michigan Tech education: experiential learning; teamwork; application of theory, design, and innovation; leadership and communication; and multidisciplinary solutions to problems. The Enterprise and Senior Design students showcasing their projects today have embraced these foundations. We take tremendous pride in their accomplishments
and hard work.
Michigan Tech’s innovative Enterprise Program enables interdisciplinary learning, leadership development, and team-based work. Teams of first- through fourth-year students from diverse disciplines operate much like real companies to develop products, processes, and services within their market space. Faculty advisors serve as coaches and mentors, with industry leaders playing a
supporting role as collaborators and clients.
Senior Design enables small teams of highly dedicated students to explore and solve real industry challenges throughout their senior year. Our program connects students and industry through openended projects, which enable teams to experience and follow the complete design process—from ideation to realization.
First Place: Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing
Second Place: Team 209 Alternative Energy Enterprise
Third Place: Team 204 Husky Game Development
BLACK & VEATCH BUILDING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® SENIOR DESIGN AWARDS
First Place: Teams 144/147, RAM Tailgate Structure & Accessory
Team Members: Christian Vreeland, Thomas Gruber, Evan Rosemore, Taylor Erva, Kraig Kadletz, Andrew Pospychala, Chad Dickenscheid, and Greg Reed, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC
Second Place: Team 120, Automated Aircraft Sealant System
Team Members: Alison Hilditch, Andrew Reed, Nicole Maggi, and William Yahr, Mechanical Engineering; Matthew Courchaine and Patrick Harris, Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Aneet Narendranath, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsor: HGS Aerospace
Third Place: Team 127: Rotary Cartridge Assembly System
Team Members: Benjamin Abraham, Sarah Daniels, and Kristi Ross, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Eddy Trinklein, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Honorable Mention 1: Team 105, Lightweight POP Rivet Gun
Team Members: Eric Phillips, Caleb Walk, Justin Osterhout, Daniel Carpenter, and Anthony Carley, Mechanical Engineering
Advisors: William Endres and Gregory Odegard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsor: Chrysler Group LLC
Honorable Mention 2: Team 146, Delivery Tool for a Leadless Pacemaker
Team Members: Emily Helminen, Samantha Hilliger, Daniel Leppek, Cody Mingo, Tyler Myers, and Anna Ylitalo, Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Rupak Rajachar, Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Medtronic Inc.
Honorable Mention 3: Team 148, Personal Ultraviolet Radiation Monitor
Team Members: Neil Momsen, Nicole Westphal, Michael Ramalia, Joseph Frontera, and Bradley Cassiday, Biomedical Engineering
Advisors: Megan Frost and Sean Kirkpatrick, Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Department of Biomedical Engineering
DESIGN EXPO IMAGE CONTEST
First Place: Team 205, Velovations Enterprise
Team Leaders: Jay Woodbeck and Derek Turner, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsors: Specialized Bicycles, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Thomson Bike Products
Second Place (Tie): Team 215 Formula SAE
Team Leaders: Alisha Clark and Chais Eliason, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: James DeClerck, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsors: Autodesk, Polaris, GM, 3M, Ford, DENSO, Meritor, Cummins, John Deere, Alcoa, Chrysler, A&P Technology, ArcelorMittal, TeamTech, Mitsubishi Electric, Plascore, Continental
Second Place (Tie): Team 109, Balise and RFID Use in Rail Systems
Team Members: Frank Kampe, Marketing; Kevin Heras and Daniel Holmerg, Management; Min Li, Operations and Systems Management
Advisor: Saurav Pathak, School of Business and Economics
Sponsor: Technical Expert Network
INVENTION DISCLOSURE COMPETITION 2014
Best Overall: Stair Climbing Cane
Team Members: Melissa Mack, Travis Neu, Alyssa Hynnek, Caitlyn Privette, and David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering
Best Technical Specification: Martyboard – Portable Assisted Mobility Device
Ashley Kerschen, Jacob Pederson, and Jacob Liimatta, Mechanical Engineering
Best Prior Art Review and Competitive Analysis: Synthetic Drug Detection Platform
Team Members: Tylor Rathsack, Michael Oates, Jacob Pleshe, Corey Thiel, Mechanical Engineering
There are more pictures of the Enterprise and Senior Capstone Design Teams and the Design Expo event:
Photo Gallery from Design Expo 2014
Design Expo 2014 Images submitted for Image Contest
Video clips from Expo 2014 will be able as the are processed.
The Society of Automotive Engineers International has honored Rick Berkey, industry projects manager for the Institute for Leadership and Innovation, with the 2014 Faculty Advisor Award. Berkey is the faculty advisor for the Supermileage Systems Enterprise.
“This is a significant honor for Rick, which recognizes his success as an advisor for the SAE Supermileage team and as a mentor for our students,” said ME-EM Department Chair Bill Predebon. “Rick utilizes his strong industry experience in teaching and mentoring his students.”
According to the SAE International website, “Dedicated faculty advisors encourage students to join SAE International and participate in Collegiate Chapters and the Collegiate Design Series, which helps them develop key skills that are transferrable to their careers.”
The SAE Faculty Advisor Award was established in 1990 and funded by the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award Fund to recognize faculty advisors who “embody this professionalism and dedication to SAE.”
Previous winners from Michigan Tech were Jason Blough (ME-EM) and Carl Anderson (ME-EM), who were both honored twice.
Recognizing Frank E. Pavlis as a longtime friend and advocate, Michigan Technological University announces the creation of the Pavlis Honors College.
The new College was approved Feb. 21 by the University’s Board of Control. It will unify many of Michigan Tech’s high-impact academic programs, including the Enterprise Program, the Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, the Honors Institute and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. In addition, the College will house the office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships.
The Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department is
a partner with the Keweenaw Research Center for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Tech. A page leading to the results, news stories and photo Galleries is provided by the department. Links to 2014 Results Pictures and Videos
Results News Report: Kettering, McGill Win 2014 Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Dan Hancock, the president of SAE International, attended several of events and spoke at the Awards banquet.
Michigan Tech received the Bill Paddleford Founder’s Award for Most Sportsmanlike Conduct.
2014 Design Expo registration deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2014.
Design Expo 2014 (formerly Undergraduate Expo)
Thursday, April 17, 2014; 8 AM – 4 PM; J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, 3rd floor
For the past 14 years, Michigan Tech undergraduate students have showcased their work at the Undergraduate Expo each April. This year, event organizers have changed the name from Undergraduate Expo to Design Expo: A showcase of Enterprise and Senior Design teams.
The reasons? First of all, to avoid confusion. A brand new event, the Undergraduate Research Expo, has been launched by the Michigan Tech Honors Institute for 2014. Second of all, the new name Design Expo better describes our event, in which student teams display their design projects. We took the opportunity to update the event logo and website with help from Michigan Tech University Marketing.
A day-long orgram of special seminars was offered for university people to find the information to protect intellectual property. This free Seminar was for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Educators and Legal Professionals featuring Speakers from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and Michigan Technological University. Continue reading
Contrary to popular belief, the death of the steel industry has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, steel is booming, more than 200 Michigan Technological University students who gathered to talk with industry leaders learned at Michigan Tech’s first annual Steel Day, held earlier this week.
Michigan Tech’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise and the student professional society Materials United worked with the University’s Career Services to organize and publicize the event, which was funded by the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST)
The General Motors Foundation has given Michigan Tech a $100,000 grant through its University Partner Program. The gift will support a variety of student activities, including the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, environmental engineering senior design projects, student groups and diversity programs. Continue reading
Ford Motor Company has donated a 2012 Focus all-electric vehicle to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The department is supplying the vehicle to the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise, providing students the opportunity to experience and work on state-of-the-art electric vehicle technology.