Human Resources highlights the Michigan Tech Enterprise program

The talent that manufacturing companies must find to fill the next
generation of skilled-manufacturing jobs will come from institutions such as Michigan Technological University, a Houghton, Mich.-based public research university with an enrollment of approximately 7,000 and one of the first academic institutions to join LM31, says Paul Sanders, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at MTU .
‘In the News’ feature link listed below highlights the Michigan Tech Enterprise program on page 46.

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GEAR Enterprise: Initial Projects
The outdoor recreation sector is an expansive consumer industry, which provides an opportunity for further education and innovation for students, and companies.

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2016 National Competition Mini Baja Car
Michigan Tech’s 2016 Baja car is on track to be the fastest, most technologically advanced Mini-Baja car to date.

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Breathe In, Breathe Out, Breathe On
The International Business Venture Enterprise (IBV) at Michigan Technological University is a Biomedical Enterprise that focuses on providing solutions for global medical problems.

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Battery Electric Vehicle Build
MTU’s Supermileage System Enterprise team is pursuing fuel economy challenges by developing vehicles that push efficiency to the extreme.

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Power Board
Commuting distances between 1 and 5 miles can be expensive when adding costs of parking, gasoline, and vehicle maintenance.

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Open Source Hardware
We are a brand-new Enterprise dedicated to the development, advancement, and availability of open-source hardware.

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New Venture Competition Seeks Student Entrepreneurs

mraberMichigan Tech is collaborating again this year with Central Michigan University in the 2015 New Venture Competition. Students from Michigan Tech and CMU who want to start companies will compete for cash prizes and enjoy valuable networking opportunities.

Past Michigan Tech participants have gone on to build successful businesses, helped in part by the connections made in the competition and the prize money awarded.

Intent to compete forms are due to CMU by December 4th. Information about the competition and forms for entry can be viewed online.

For more information and to discuss opportunities for connecting with a mentor contact Mary Raber in the Pavlis Honors College, mraber@mtu.edu or Jim Baker in the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement, jrbaker@mtu.edu.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities

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The Michigan Space Grant Consortium has funding opportunities available in the following categories:

Undergraduate Fellowship
Graduate Fellowship
Pre-College Education
Public Outreach
Teacher Training
Research Seed Grant

The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12. To read announcements, submission requirements and to submit a proposal, visit the MSGC website. Note— proposals must be submitted electronically, and those exceeding the stated page limits will not be considered.

Specific information regarding Michigan Tech’s requirements and submission procedures can be found at funding. For more information, contact Paige Hackney (phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371) in the Pavlis Honors College.

Only US citizens are eligible to apply for these fellowship grants. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371.

Meadows Appointed First Dean of Pavlis Honors College

14b57a7Lorelle Meadows has been appointed dean of the newly established Pavlis Honors College. She will start on August 1.

Meadows comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, where she served as assistant dean of academic programs in the College of Engineering. “She brings a wealth of experience in leadership and administrative roles, from first-year programs to broadly overarching programs that transcend departmental boundaries,” said Provost Max Seel. “She has an excellent vision how to bring together the various parts of this new entity.”

The Pavlis Honors College will support highly motivated Michigan Tech students as they achieve the highest standards of academic excellence. In addition to the core Honors Institute for high-achieving undergraduates, the Pavlis Honors College at Michigan Tech will also serve undergraduate students university wide by providing an academic home for the systematic utilization of “plus factor” programs in leadership, research and service. These active learning practices include the Enterprise Program, the Pavlis Leadership Institute, the Research Scholars Program, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and the National and International Scholarships and Fellowships office.

“The creation of the Pavlis Honors College at Michigan Tech provides a unique opportunity to bring together truly world-class components under an umbrella that serves all students in delivering a richer and more fulfilling educational experience—preparing them to “create the future,” Meadows said. ” I am deeply honored to be a part of this unique effort to realize the creative vision of Mr. Pavlis and the University.”

Meadows received her PhD in Oceanic Science from the University of Michigan. From her highly successful and externally funded research in coastal hydrodynamics, she transitioned her work to engineering education, taking on various appointments in the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan as managing director of academic affairs, director of academic programs and assistant dean of academic programs. Her work focuses on the area of student teamwork as well as general student motivation and success.

Enterprise Students Target IT Solutions for Retailer

Where does a giant international retailer turn when it needs innovative IT support? Michigan Technological University, of course. Target Corporation, with international headquarters in Minneapolis, is the first retail firm to participate in Michigan Tech’s signature Enterprise program. In the Enterprise program, teams of students work with a business or industry sponsor on a real-world problem that the sponsor would like the students to help solve.
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DENSO Underwrites Undergraduate Dynamometer Facility at Michigan Tech

image106605-horizThree of Michigan Tech’s Advanced Motorsports Enterprise teams are working together—literally—for the first time, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation. The funding is enabling the Formula SAE, Supermileage Systems and Clean Snowmobile teams to share remodeled engine-lab space in the Advanced Technology Development Complex (ATDC) on Sharon Avenue in Houghton.
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Design Expo 2014 Awards

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.

ENTERPRISE AWARDS

First Place: Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing

First Place: Team 222 Consumer Product Manufacturing

Second Place: Team 209 Alternative Energy Enterprise

Third Place: Team 204 Husky Game Development

(See other team pictures in the Photo Gallery from Design Expo 2014)

BLACK & VEATCH BUILDING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® SENIOR DESIGN AWARDS

First Place: Teams 144/147, RAM Tailgate Structure & Accessory

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 LL

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

Sponsor: Lendrex

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

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

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


Design Expo 2014 Images submitted for Image Contest

INVENTION DISCLOSURE COMPETITION 2014

Best Overall: Stair Climbing Cane

Best Overall: 128 Stair Climbing Cane Team Members: Melissa Mack, Travis Neu, Alyssa Hynnek, Caitlyn Privette, and David Rosen, Biomedical Engineering

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

Design Expo Website

Video clips from Expo 2014 will be able as the are processed.