Enterprise Open House– Friday, August 02, 2019, 1-4pm

The Enterprise Program Office invites Alumni and Friends, the campus, and community to tour various Enterprise team spaces Friday, 1-4 pm during the Campus and Department Open Houses. There are over 20 labs, classrooms, and meeting spaces across campus that Enterprise teams call home. Join us as we explore Blue Marble Security, Consumer Product Manufacturing, and M&M 614. During this time, stop by to talk with students and program staff to learn more about these Enterprise teams and their current projects. Refreshments will be served along the way.

Blue Marble Security- EERC 629

Consumer Product Manufacturing- Chem Sci SB018

Enterprise Collaborative Team Space- M&M 614 (Shared space for all Enterprise teams and office space specifically for Supermileage Systems, BoardSport Technologies, General and Expedition Adventure Research (GEAR), and Innovative Global Solutions)


Supermileage Team Succeeds with New Design

Students work on the Michigan Tech Supermileage vehicle

 

Michigan Technological University’s Supermileage Systems Enterprise Team had a successful showing in the recent SAE Supermileage Competition held June 6-8 in Marshall, Michigan. The Michigan Tech team was one of 30 from the U.S., Canada, Lebanon, Mexico, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. Lawrence Tech was the only other Michigan team in the competition. 

SAE Supermileage is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. It provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying classroom theories in a challenging competition. 

The engineering design goal is to develop and construct a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle that complies with the competition rules. The vehicles complete a specified course to obtain the highest combined miles per gallon rating. Students were also required to submit a design segment consisting of a written report and verbal presentation. For the second straight year Michigan Tech earned first place in design, scoring 410 out a possible 500 points based on written and oral presentations. 

Of the 30 teams registered, Tech was one of only 14 to make it successfully through the inspection process, finishing 10th overall. 

Rick Berkey, professor of practice in Tech’s Pavlis Honors College and Supermileage Systems Enterprise advisor, said this year’s vehicle was completely new and the result of a two-year design and build schedule. He said in the past year alone, the 26-student team logged more than 5,000 hours on the project. 

Berkey said the design prize came with a trophy and $500 but no new world record. “Despite several attempts on the track we were unable to complete a full mileage run,” Berkey said. “We narrowed our issues to engine tuning due to inconsistency in the signal from our crank position sensor. We also struggled to maintain chain tension. Both of these issues are priorities for design improvements and testing in 2020.”

Berkey said manufacturing the new composite body and chassis required the team to make custom molds, which alone took hundreds of hours. “Our team showed great dedication and perseverance to stay positive and work together. Despite our struggles on the track, every student member of Supermileage Systems Enterprise has furthered their learning and personal/professional development through an experience that simply cannot be duplicated in the classroom. By this measure we had a very successful year and can look back with pride on our accomplishments. Needless to say we are hungrier than ever to get back to competition in 2020!” 


Michigan Tech Awarded $40,000 Grant from DENSO for STEM Education

Denso logoMichigan Technological University, a leading educational institution, received a $40,000 grant from the world’s second largest mobility supplier DENSO for programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The grant, which is made possible by the company’s philanthropic arm, DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF), is one of 26 grants awarded by DENSO in 2019 to colleges and universities throughout North America. The donations are part of DENSO’s broader efforts to cultivate tomorrow’s workforce and prepare young thinkers to lead a new era of innovation.

Michigan Tech Enterprise logoRick Berkey, professor of practice and director of the Enterprise Program in the Pavlis Honors College, states, “We are extremely grateful to the DENSO North America Foundation for their strategic investment in Michigan Tech students. The automotive industry needs well-rounded engineering graduates with hands-on experience in vehicle design and development, powertrain controls, manufacturing, and data analytics. This grant helps provide these experiences for the 125+ students enrolled in Michigan Tech’s Advanced Motorsports (AMS) Enterprise teams.”

Grants were awarded to programs focused on design, materials management, mechanical and electrical engineering principles, thermodynamics, robotics and more. With this grant, Michigan Tech plans to provide continued support to the AMS teams who compete annually in SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series — namely Baja SAE, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, and SAE Supermileage. The grant will help fund the purchase of a state-of-the art CNC control system to retrofit one of several manual mills used extensively by undergraduate students for vehicle fabrication and manufacturing lab courses. The Blizzard Baja Enterprise will use a portion of this grant to continue hosting the annual Winter Baja Invitational, a competition that attracts nearly 50 vehicles from more than 20 universities to Michigan Tech’s snowy campus each February. Finally, this grant will strengthen Michigan Tech’s focus on data analytics education by supporting an Enterprise project that explores technology obsolescence of automotive electronics and the impacts on purchasing and supply chain decisions made by automotive manufacturers.

DNAF has supported STEM education through grants at colleges and universities since 2001, enabling students to access tools, technology and experiences that better prepare them for technical careers after graduation. DENSO education grant proposals are invite-only and evaluated based on technical merit, student experience, and alignment with industry needs.

“Investing in tomorrow’s workforce is critical to ensuring we have individuals who are equipped to help DENSO fulfill its vision of creating software and products that enhance safety and reduce environmental impact,” said Bill Foy, senior vice president of Engineering at DENSO and a DENSO North American Foundation board member. “Through these grants, we hope to create a generation of innovators who inspire new value for the future of mobility.”

About Michigan Tech

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Its campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

About DENSO

DENSO is a $48.3 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 221 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.3 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. For more information about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global.     

In North America, DENSO employs 27,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 31 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,000+ employees across 13 states and 25 sites. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, in fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career. For more information, go to https://www.denso.com/us-ca/en/.   


Design Expo Winners for 2019

More than 1000 students in Enterprise and Senior Design showcased their work last Thursday, April 18 at Design Expo and competed for awards. A panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives, community members and Michigan Tech staff and faculty, critiqued the projects. The College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College is pleased to announce the following winners.

Gypsum Water Extraction from the ME-EM department took first place for Senior Design in the 2019 Expo.

Senior Design Awards (based on poster/video)

1st place: ME-EM – Gypsum Water Extraction

2nd place: ME-EM – Assembly Cell Changeover

3rd place: MSE – Gerdau Inclusion Solidification Prevention

Senior Design Honorable Mention

ME-EM – FCA Advanced Hood Architecture – Structural and Attachment Team

MSE – Cobalt Reduction in Tribaloy T-400

BME – Transcatheter Single Ventricle Device

Aerospace placed first for Enterprise based on their poster and presentation scores.

Enterprise Awards (based on poster and presentation)

1st place: Aerospace Enterprise

2nd place: Alternative Energy Enterprise

3rd place: General and Expedition Adventure Research (GEAR)

Enterprise Honorable Mention

Innovative Global Solutions

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Blue Marble Security

Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation Award

1st place: Alternative Energy Enterprise for Renewable Energy Mission Module (REMM)

2nd place: Universal Driver Gear Train (BME)

3rd place: Transcatheter Single Ventricle Device (BME)

Design Expo Image Contest Winners

1st place: Blizzard Baja

Meet our 2019 Comp Car “Hornet”

2nd place: Full Flexion Knee

3D Scanning of Tibial Insert

Honorable Mention: Cin/Optic Communication and Media

Team photo

 

Enterprise Award Winners

Student Awards:

Outstanding Leadership: Oliver Schihl, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise

Rookie Award: Troy Maust, Aerospace Enterprise

Innovative Solutions: Paul Kamps, Alternative Energy Enterprise

Industry/Sponsor Relations: Romana Carden, Aerospace Enterprise

Faculty/Staff/Sponsor Awards:

Outstanding Enterprise Advisor: Jay Meldrum, Alternative Energy Enterprise

Behind the Scenes: Dr. Jennifer Becker, Civil and Environmental Engineering

 

Congratulations and thanks to ALL teams for a very successful Design Expo 2019!


Enterprise Award Nomination Deadline Extended to April 3

The Enterprise Program Office and the Enterprise Student Advisory Board would like to remind all Enterprise students, faculty, staff, and sponsors about the second annual Enterprise Awards. The Enterprise Awards were developed to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of Enterprise students, faculty, staff, and sponsors in the following categories:

Student Awards

  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Rookie Award
  • Innovative Solutions Award
  • Industry/Sponsor Relations

Faculty/Staff/Sponsor Awards

  • Outstanding Enterprise Advisor
  • Outstanding Sponsor
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Module Master

More detailed descriptions of the awards, as well as eligibility criteria, can be found here.

Enterprise students, advisors, faculty and staff can nominate deserving candidates by submitting this nomination form. Nomination deadline has been extended to 5pm on Wednesday, April 3. Nominators may collect up to three letters of support from others to strengthen their nomination. Each support letter should be no longer than one page, single-spaced. Student nominees must be currently enrolled in the Enterprise Program in order to be considered for an award.

An awards committee comprised of faculty and staff involved in the Enterprise Program will review nominations and select winners based on how well they support the given award criteria. Award recipients will receive a framed award certificate, lapel pin, and $100 cash prize (sponsors will receive a University memento in lieu of cash). All nominees will be recognized, and awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Design Expo on April 18, 2019 at 3:15pm in the MUB Ballroom.


Enterprise Day – March 26

Do you know students interested in learning more about Enterprise at Michigan Tech? Tell them to come to Enterprise Day on Tuesday, March 26 from 6-9pm in the Wads Annex. Program staff and students from various Enterprise teams will be on hand to answer questions. Root beer floats will be served. Check out the image below for all of the Enterprise teams that will be in attendance.


Enterprise Award Nominations Due March 29

The Enterprise Program Office and the Enterprise Student Advisory Board would like to remind all Enterprise students, faculty, staff, and sponsors about the second annual Enterprise Awards. The Enterprise Awards were developed to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of Enterprise students, faculty, staff, and sponsors in the following categories:

Student Awards

  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Rookie Award
  • Innovative Solutions Award
  • Industry/Sponsor Relations

Faculty/Staff/Sponsor Awards

  • Outstanding Enterprise Advisor
  • Outstanding Sponsor
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Module Master

More detailed descriptions of the awards, as well as eligibility criteria, can be found here.

Enterprise students, advisors, faculty and staff can nominate deserving candidates by submitting this nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, March 29. Nominators may collect up to three letters of support from others to strengthen their nomination. Each support letter should be no longer than one page, single-spaced. Student nominees must be currently enrolled in the Enterprise Program in order to be considered for an award.

An awards committee comprised of faculty and staff involved in the Enterprise Program will review nominations and select winners based on how well they support the given award criteria. Award recipients will receive a framed award certificate, lapel pin, and $100 cash prize (sponsors will receive a University memento in lieu of cash). All nominees will be recognized, and awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Design Expo on April 18, 2019 at 3:15pm in the MUB Ballroom.


Fall 2019 Enterprise Registration

Registration for Fall 2019 opens next week. The following Enterprise course modules will be offered for the Fall 2019 semester and can be found in Banweb:

ENT2961 Teaming in the Enterprise (2 sections)
ENT2962 Communication Contexts
ENT3953 Ideate, Innovate, Create!
ENT3954 Enterprise Market Principles
ENT3956 Industrial Health and Safety
ENT3959 Fundamentals of Six Sigma
ENT3961 Enterprise Strategic Leadership
ENT3964 Project Management (online)
ENT3979 Alternative Energy Technology
ENT3982 Continuous Improvement Using Lean Principles

Review the undergraduate catalog for course descriptions.

Notes:
1. Per Enterprise Program policy, ENT course modules must have a minimum enrollment of 10 students in order to be taught; courses that do not reach the minimum enrollment may be canceled. If so, affected students will be notified prior to the start of the semester.

2. ENT2961 (2 credits) & ENT2962 (1 credit) are approved on the Restricted HASS list. Please see your academic advisor for more details on applying these toward your degree.

 


Second Annual Enterprise Awards Now Accepting Nominations

The Enterprise Program Office and the Enterprise Student Advisory Board are pleased to announce the second annual Enterprise Awards. The Enterprise Awards were developed to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of Enterprise students, faculty, staff, and sponsors in the following categories:

Student Awards

  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Rookie Award
  • Innovative Solutions Award
  • Industry/Sponsor Relations

Faculty/Staff/Sponsor Awards

  • Outstanding Enterprise Advisor
  • Outstanding Sponsor
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Module Master

More detailed descriptions of the awards, as well as eligibility criteria, can be found here.

Enterprise students, advisors, faculty and staff can nominate deserving candidates by submitting this nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, March 29. Nominators may collect up to three letters of support from others to strengthen their nomination. Each support letter should be no longer than one page, single-spaced. Student nominees must be currently enrolled in the Enterprise Program in order to be considered for an award.

An awards committee comprised of faculty and staff involved in the Enterprise Program will review nominations and select winners based on how well they support the given award criteria. Award recipients will receive a framed award certificate, lapel pin, and $100 cash prize (sponsors will receive a University memento in lieu of cash). All nominees will be recognized, and awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Design Expo on April 18, 2019 at 3:15pm in the MUB Ballroom.

If you have any questions about the awards or the nomination process, please contact Rick Berkey (722 M&M, rjberkey@mtu.edu, 906-487-4309).


IT Oxygen Recruitment Info Session

Are you looking at joining an Enterprise next semester? Are you interested in Information Technology, Electronics, Programming, Mobile App Development and/or writing documentation? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should stop by the IT Oxygen information session!
What: IT Oxygen Meeting – Info Session
When: 5:00 PM Wednesday, December 5th
Where: Dillman 208
All Majors are welcome on our team. We are in need of students with a background in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Network and System Administration, Business/Marketing and Scientific and Technical Communication.
The info session will be short and include a lab tour. Food will be provided.
If you have any questions, email Bernard Kluskens at bekluske@mtu.edu