Archives—September 2017

Aerospace Enterprise goes to Small Sat

By Amy Karagiannakis

Student representatives from Michigan Tech’s Aerospace Enterprise recently traveled to Utah to attend the 31st annual Small Satellite Conference. Michigan Tech Aerospace is a collection of research, development, and educational laboratories dedicated to advancing spacecraft technology. The AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites or Small Sat, as it is commonly referred to, is held annually at the Utah State University campus in Logan, Utah. The conference was established in 1987 to provide a forum for people from the military, science, and academic fields to discuss small satellites and advancements in small spacecraft technology. Although there is no standard for what satellite is considered ‘small’, it is generally accepted to include any satellites weighing up to 250 kg or approximately 550 lbs.

IMG-1IMG-5Helayna Barrett, Richard Bennet, Jared Burbey, Joe Chen, Trevor Cretney, Mitch Dzikowicz, Marcello Guadagno, Michael Patrick, Davis Russcher, and Sarah Wade were among the Aerospace Enterprise students that attended the conference August 5th-10th. This group of students borrowed a Tech van to drive across the country 26 hours to Small Sat. They were able to make pit stops at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks along the way.IMG-4

Small Sat is internationally recognized and attracts 800 organizations, 190 commercial exhibits, and students from 24 different universities. While at the conference, Burbey and Guadagno presented to a crowd of approximately 200 students and reviewers from the aerospace industry on one the team’s current missions, Auris Microsatellite. Auris, which is latin for “the ear”, listens to radio frequency emissions from spacecraft in a high orbit and spatially maps the power radiated from these satellites to analyze how it will impact ground receivers. Funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s University Nanosatellite Program, Auris is a small, low-cost technology demonstrator that is designed to monitor and attribute telecommunications signals that may interfere with a congested space environment.

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Small Sat provided an excellent environment for Aerospace students to network with potential vendors and stakeholders from across the industry, as well as some Tech and Enterprise alumni. This year’s keynote speaker was Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Conference attendees were also given the opportunity to tune into talks from U.S. astronauts via a live International Space Station stream. Social events during and after conference hours provided students with numerous opportunities to network with industry professionals and scholars. “It was a reverse career fair for us. Companies at times reached out to us, asking our team members to apply,” shared Marcello Guadagno.

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Overall, students really enjoyed the conference, found it to be a rewarding experience, and worth the long road trip. Dr. Brad King, Aerospace Enterprise Faculty Advisor, plans to send students back to Small Sat next year to reconnect and explore potential new projects for the team.


Enterprise Scholarship Opportunities for Fall 2017!

The Enterprise Program has two scholarship opportunities available for students below.

  1. Carnahan Enterprise Scholarships: The Enterprise Program is now accepting Fall 2017 applications for the Carnahan Enterprise Scholarship. This scholarship is open to Business and Humanities majors who enroll in the Enterprise Program. Please review the scholarship description and application form for details. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday October 20 (week 7).
  2. Enterprise ‘Above and Beyond’ Scholarships: The Enterprise Program is now accepting Fall 2017 applications for the ‘Above and Beyond’ Scholarship. Formerly the ‘Super Senior’ scholarship, this scholarship has been expanded and aims to recognize Enterprise students whose participation in their team goes above and beyond the norm. The description, eligibility, and application can be found here: EnterpriseScholarshipDoc2Note the deadline for Fall 2017 has been extended to 5pm Wednesday September 20 (Week 3).

Applications should be submitted to:

Rick Berkey

Director, Enterprise Program

722 Minerals and Materials Building


Add Enterprise and PHC to Your Handshake Profile

logoCareer Fair is almost here! Time to update those resumes and practice your introductions. Have you set up your Handshake profile yet? Handshake is a university platform designed to make it easy for students to find and apply for internships and jobs. Handshake also enables employers and recruiters to find the best talent their companies are looking for. The Pavlis Honors College and The Enterprise Program are listed as Organizations/Extracurriculars. If you’d like to learn how to add these to your profile so that employers and recruiters can easily search for you, please read on.

While on your home profile page, click on ‘Add Work Experience’ in the top left of your screen. Scroll down and click on ‘Add An Organization’.

If you are involved in Enterprise, you may add ‘The Enterprise Program at Michigan Tech’ as one of your organizations. Use the ‘Position’ box to state your role or job title, as well as the name of the Enterprise team you are involved in. You may also include a ‘Description’ to explain your role and responsibilities within the team.  Please see the image below. Pic1

Members of the Honors College can also add the Pavlis Honors College as one of their organizations on Handshake. Use the ‘Position’ box to state your pathway. You may use the ‘Description’ box to detail your experiences or accomplishments while in the Honors College. Please see the image below.

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After saving your Organizations/Extracurriculars, your page will look like the screenshot below.

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Handshake also allows you to add social links to your profile. If you are a member of the Pavlis Honors College and would like for recruiters and employers to be able to view your Seelio profile you can link to it from the ‘Social Links’ section in the bottom right corner. Click on ‘Add Your Own’ and enter your Seelio profile URL here. Make sure that your profile is public. Enterprise students may wish to add their Enterprise team website here as well.

Pic4The Handshake Genius Bar will be on campus all this week in room 220E of the Administration and Student Services Building. Stop by to find job postings, learn about events, post your resume, and sign up for one-on-one career advising. Need help setting up your Handshake profile? Stop by Career Services for help.