Design Expo

// A showcase of enterprise and senior design student projects

Save the date: April 13, 2017

Design Expo 2017 will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017, on campus in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom. We look forward to seeing you there!

Students, registration for Design Expo 2017 will open soon (fall semester 2016). Stay tuned for more details.

Interested in judging at Design Expo? Please RSVP online.

Interested in sponsoring the Design Expo event? Learn more here.

Congratulations to all!

Design Expo 2016 was a tremendous success! A huge thanks to the amazing Enterprise and Senior Design team students who participated this year. We are in awe of your dedication, accomplishments and hard work. And another huge thanks to our distinguished judges, Expo event partners, and team sponsors.

Design Expo judging results will be announced on Monday, April 18. In the meantime, here is a link to the Michigan Tech news story on Design Expo!



Schedule of Events

Design Expo will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2016,
from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on campus in the MUB Ballroom.
The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
We hope to see you there!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016, from 6-8 p.m.
Student team set-up is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13th from 6-8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom.

8:00 a.m.
Poster Session Open to the Public
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
AM Poster Judging
Senior Design (Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics) & Enterprise
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Enterprise Presentations
Van Pelt & Opie Library, Rooms 242 and 244

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PM Poster Judging
Senior Design (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, School of Technology, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences) & Enterprise
Memorial Union Ballroom

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Enterprise Presentations
Van Pelt & Opie Library, Rooms 242 and 244

4:00 p.m.
Design Expo 2016 concludes

Tear down will start at 4:00 p.m. at the conclusion of Design Expo on Thursday, April 14. Posters and all other materials will need to be removed from the Ballroom no later than 4:30 p.m.

During Design Expo, Enterprise teams are scheduled to present to judges in four groups in the Van Pelt & Opie Library, Rooms 242 and 244. Please review the Enterprise presentation schedule.

Thank You!


And the winners are…

Dear Teams, 

This year, the judging scores were VERY CLOSE at Design Expo, but the official results are in.

Congratulations to the Design Expo 2016 award winners! Here is the list, below. 


1st – Team 118- Velovations
Team Leader: Ian Connick, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Steve Lehmann, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsors: Pavlis Honors College and Department of Kinesiology and Integrated Physiology

2nd – Team 116 – Consumer Product Manufacturing (CPM)
Team Leader: Abbey Senczyszyn, Mechanical Engineering
Advisors: Tony Rogers and Sean Clancey, Chemical Engineering
Sponsors: Wisconsin Southern Railroad, Caterpillar, Fives Cinetic Corporation, Worham Acres LLC, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), Michigan Technological University, The State of Michigan Research Excellence Fund, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), nanoMAG—A Thixomat Company, Razor Edge Systems, and Dr. Robert Carnahan

3rd – Team 104 – Supermileage Systems
Team Leaders: Pierce Jensen, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Andrew McMichael, Electrical Engineering, and Christian Romans, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Rick Berkey, Pavlis Honors College
Sponsors: 3M, Denso, GM, PCB Piezotronics, Ford, FCA, John Deere, Meritor, Milwaukee Tool, Mitsubishi Electric, Cummins, Snap-On, Oshkosh, Alexander Technologies, Donald Engineering, ArcelorMittal, Advanced Sleeve


1st – Team 218 – Epicardial Pacemaker Fixation
Team Members: Joe Nugent, Kate Boyles, Beth Sickles, and Dani Blake, Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Rupak Rajachar, Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Medtronic

2nd – Team 201 – Subject-specific Orthopedic Wrist Cast
Team Members: Tobias Mahan, Kathleen Moyryla, Konner Westerhouse, and Nathan Wilkinson, Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Jingfeng Jiang, Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Materialise

3rd – Team 236 – AFRL Rapid Descent System
Team Members: Ashley Pedrotte, Alec Getchel, Jen Holthouse, Jarad Weeks, Arthur Kangas, and Nalani Taniguchi, Mechanical Engineering
Advisors: Paul Van Susante, William Endres, and Kevin Johnson, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsor: Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)

Honorable Mention 1 – Team 221 – Corrosion Mitigation of 90-10 Cu-Ni Heat Exchangers
Team Members: Tyler Gould, Adam Pringle, and Michael Oyervides, Materials Science and Engineering and Laura Gazza, Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Cam Hadden, Materials Science & Engineering
Sponsor: DTE Energy

Honorable Mention 2 – Team 223 – Traveling Wave Fault Location
Team Members: Kevin Schoenknecht, Jacob Marshall, and Troy Johnston, Electrical Engineering
Advisor:  John Lukowski, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sponsor: American Transmission Co. (ATC)

Honorable Mention 3 – Team 233 – Hand Cycle Frame Design
Team Members: Charlie Davis, Jacob Gefroh, Wil Jakeway, Alexander Niemi, and Donald Rogers, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Antonio Gauchia, Mechanical Engineering- Engineering Mechanics
Sponsors: General Motors and Achilles International


1st  – Team 207 – 543S Mine Design Project, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Team Members: Carly Siko, Benjamin Kramka, Laura O’Connor, Benjamen Pletcher, and Paul Mueller, Geological Engineering
Advisor: Paul van Susante, Mechanical Engineering- Engineering Mechanics
Caption: Taking measurements for Rock-quality Designation (RQD) in the Quincy Mine


2nd – Team 104B – Supermileage Systems Enterprise
Team Leaders: Pierce Jensen, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Andrew McMichael, Electrical Engineering, and Christian Romans, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Rick Berkey, Pavlis Honors College
Caption: Supermileage Systems Enterprise team photo



Save the date!

Design Expo 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
8 AM – 4 PM
Michigan Tech Memorial Union Building Ballroom

We need faculty and professionals to serve as distinguished Design Expo judges. If you are available to judge this year, on Thursday, April 14, 2016, please contact Rick Berkey for more information at Or, please feel free to RSVP online here.

We hope you will join us on the Michigan Tech campus for Design Expo. Whether a Design Expo judge or simply a guest, your feedback at the event is greatly valued by our student teams and makes a valuable contribution to their education. Hope to see you there!

Please click here to RSVP as a Design Expo Judge or Guest.