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 CAPSTONE 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.