Oshkosh – Fueling Renewable Energy Education on Campus

OshkoshOshkosh Corporation has a long history of partnership with Michigan Technological University.  The Oshkosh brand includes many more items than just their Oshkosh Defense products.  Their business has expanded to include the brands of McNeilus, JLG, Pierce, IMT, and many others.

Oshkosh 1The Enterprise Program at Michigan is a unique multi-year, multidisciplinary program available to all students.  Enterprise teams organize themselves much like companies in the private sector with a technology or business focus area, a leadership structure, and multiple project sub-teams.  Many Enterprises have a combination of industry-sponsored and internally generated projects.  Enterprise project work is a recognized alternative to Senior Design for Michigan Tech engineering majors.  Michigan Tech has 25 active Enterprise teams with nearly 800 students involved annually.

In order to help provide meaningful projects to students interested in alternative forms of energy, Oshkosh has graciously provided the Renewable Energy Mission Module (REMM) for undergraduate students enrolled in the Alternative Energy Enterprise to use for engineering project work.  The REMM
Oshkosh 2has an array of technology that includes:

 

  • Folding-blade wind turbine
  • Folding-solar panel array
  • Chargeable battery pack
  • Integrated generator
  • Exportable power

 

Students in the Alternative Energy Enterprise can use the REMM to study alternative energy sources connected to the power grid.  This will allow measurement of energy utilization and effectiveness in the northern climates of Houghton.  Engineering talent from Oshkosh is available to provide training and technical expertise to help students understand how the equipment functions.

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We are pleased to be able to provide this hardware for Huskies to apply what they are learning in the classroom in a practical manner.”  

Rob Messina, Chief Technology Officer, Oshkosh Corporation and Michigan Tech Alum

 

For information on how to get involved with Enterprise please contact Joe Thompson.