Supermileage Systems Enterprise takes 1st place in Design, 8th Overall, in 2018 SAE Supermileage Competition

sae supermileage competitionMichigan Tech’s Supermileage Systems Enterprise competed in the 2018 SAE Supermileage Competition in Marshall, MI this summer. SAE Supermileage, an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students, provides participants the opportunity to strengthen their engineering design and project management skills.  The goal for SAE Supermileage is to develop and construct a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle that complies with the competition rules. The vehicles run a specified course to obtain the highest combined kilometers per liter (miles per gallon) rating. Students must complete a written report and verbal presentation during competition.

There were 29 teams that participated in the 38th SAE Supermileage Competition representing the U.S., Canada, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Michigan Tech’s Supermileage Systems Enterprise placed 1st for overall design with a score of 430 out of 500 based on their written report and verbal presentation. Their first competition run was a success, reaching a fuel economy of 425mpg. Tech placed 8th overall based on the fuel economy results, as well as their design report and presentation.

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Prior to competition, the team was missing key testing milestones and needed several students to work remotely and on campus after Spring semester ended. In the process, Supermileage Systems Enterprise team members discovered several issues that required them to shelve their new clutch design, simplify the electrical system, and revert to a mechanical throttle. This experience reinforced the importance of testing, troubleshooting, project management, and perseverance. “We have much to be proud of. Our ability to get through technical inspection much faster this year was a result of better preparation and simplifying our designs,” shared Rick Berkey, Supermileage Systems Enterprise Advisor. The design work this year lays the ground work for an even  more competitive vehicle in 2019. Every student member of Supermileage Systems Enterprise furthered their learning and personal/professional development through an experience that simply cannot be duplicated in the classroom.

 


Berkey Presents at 125th ASEE Conference

Rick Berkey, director of the Enterprise program was invited to participate in a panel session titled  “Professional Issues and High-impact Practices” at the 125th Annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sponsored by ASEE’s Undergraduate Experience Committee, the panel featured high-impact programs in engineering education which integrate professionalism into the curriculum. Berkey presented Michigan Tech’s Enterprise Program alongside the following programs: SCOPE Program (Olin College), Student Competition Teams (Louisiana Tech), NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program (Bucknell University), Women in Engineering Program (Purdue University), Industry Relations (University of Portland), Tau Beta Pi Engineering Futures Program (Purdue University), and Undergraduate Research (California State University, Fullerton).

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives. This year’s conference took place June 24-27 and featured more than 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education.


Berkey and Thompson Present at 2018 Capstone Design Conference

Rick Berkey, director of the Enterprise program and Joe Thompson, associate director of industry engagement, attended the 2018 Capstone Design Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology on June 4-6. They presented a poster and paper titled “Enterprise: A Multi-year, Interdisciplinary Learning Experience at Michigan Technological University” (co-authored by Zack Fredin, Enterprise program coordinator ). Berkey also facilitated a panel session at the conference titled ‘Multidisciplinary Models for Capstone Success’.

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The Capstone Design Conference is held every two years and provides a forum for the extended capstone design community (faculty, administrators, industry representatives, and students) to share ideas about improving design-based capstone courses. More information on the conference can be found here: www.capstoneconf.org.


Advanced Motorsports Mentioned in Gulf News

Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile, Formula SAE, and Supermileage Systems Enterprise students
Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile, Formula SAE, and Supermileage Systems Enterprise students

Michigan Tech’s Advanced Motorsports was featured in the article, “Saudi Arabian Oil Company: Advancing engines and fuels at SAE International World Congress,” in the Gulf News Journal. The article focused on Aramco Research Center-Detroit’s sponsorship of Tech’s Advanced Motorsports Enterprise teams. Advanced Motorsports Enterprise teams include Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile, Formula SAE, and Supermileage Systems. Read the article in its entirety here.


First Annual Enterprise Award Winners Announced

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The Enterprise Program Office and the Enterprise Student Advisory Board are pleased to announce the first annual Enterprise Award winners. The Enterprise Awards were developed to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of Enterprise students, faculty, staff, and sponsors.

Student Awards:
Outstanding Leadership: Tyler Miller, Supermileage Systems
Rookie Award: Ian Johnson, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise
Innovative Solutions: Rebecca Phipps, Consumer Product Manufacturing
Industry/Sponsor Relations: Team Oshkosh, Blue Marble Security

Faculty/Staff/Sponsor Awards:
Outstanding Enterprise Advisor: Tony Rogers, Consumer Product Manufacturing
Outstanding Sponsor: David Blondheim, Mercury Marine
Behind the Scenes: Jon Lund, Machine Shop Attendant, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
An awards committee comprised of faculty and staff involved in the Enterprise Program reviewed nominations and selected winners based on how well they supported the given award criteria. Award recipients received a framed award certificate, lapel pin, and $100 cash prize (sponsors received a University memento in lieu of cash). Award winners, as well as nominees, were announced and presented at the conclusion of the Design Expo last Thursday, April 19.
Congratulations to all of the winners of our first annual Enterprise Awards!

Design Expo 2018 Award Winners

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More than 1000 students in Enterprise and Senior Design showcased their work last Thursday, April 19 at Design Expo. Judges include corporate representatives, community members and Michigan Tech staff and faculty. The College of Engineering and the Pavlis Honors College are pleased to announce the award winners, below. Congratulations and thanks to ALL teams for a very successful Design Expo 2018!

Senior Design Awards (based on poster/video)

First place: Performance and Protection Characterization of Plug and Play Solar Systems

Second place: Vibration-Induced Muffler Failure Problem

Third place: Keel Cooler Efficiency Improvement

Honorable Mention: Motorcycle Landing Gear

Honorable Mention: Jeep Next Generation Vehicle Entry/Exit Technology

Honorable Mention: Human Machine Interface (HMI) Annunciator Replacement

Enterprise Awards (based on poster and presentation)

First place: CinOptic Communication and Media

Second place: Consumer Product Manufacturing

Third place: Wireless Communication Enterprise

Honorable Mention: Alternative Energy Enterprise

Honorable Mention: Strategic Education through Naval Systems Experiences (SENSE)

Honorable Mention: Supermileage Systems Enterprise

Design Expo Innovation Awards, sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE)

First place: Nerve Stimulation through Powered Surgical Instruments: Cerebral Ultrasonic Aspiration

Second place: Development of a Novel Blubber-Only Satellite Telemetry Tag for Humpback Whale Conservation

Third place: Rapid Prototyping of Ultrasound Elastography Phantom for Breast Cancer Detection

Design Expo Image Contest

First Place: Formula SAE

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Second Place: Advanced Metalworks Enterprise

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Honorable Mention: Cin/Optic Communication and Media

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A very special thank you to the faculty, staff, industry representatives, and community members who volunteered their time to serve as judges. Design Expo would not be possible without your help and support.


Nominations for Enterprise Awards Due March 30

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The Enterprise Program Office and the Enterprise Student Advisory Board would like to remind all Enterprise students, faculty, staff, and sponsors about the first 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 30. 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 19, 2018 at 3:15pm in the MUB Ballroom.


Enterprise Course Modules Offered for Fall 2018

The following ENT courses are available for the Fall 2018 semester:

ENT2961 Teaming in the Enterprise
ENT2962 Communication Contexts
ENT3953 Ideate, Innovate, Create!
ENT3954 Enterprise Market Principles
ENT3956 Industrial Health and Safety
ENT3958 Ethics in Engineering Design and Implementation
ENT3959 Fundamentals of Six Sigma
ENT3961 Enterprise Strategic Leadership
ENT3964 Project Management
ENT3979 Alternative Energy Technology
ENT3982 Continuous Improvement Using Lean Principles

Notes:
1. Per Enterprise Program policy, course modules must have a minimum enrollment of 10 students in order to be taught; courses that do not reach the minimum enrollment will be canceled, and 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.

Course Descriptions:
http://www.mtu.edu/catalog/courses/


First Annual Enterprise Awards Now Accepting Nominations

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The Enterprise Program Office and the Enterprise Student Advisory Board are pleased to announce the first 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 30. 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 19, 2018 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).


Highlighting Your Enterprise Experience on Your Resume and to Recruiters

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Join E.B. Mayer and Heather DeJong on Monday, February 19th from 4-5:30pm in M&M 722 as they discuss their experiences mentoring Enterprise teams and recruiting technical talent at various universities. They will also focus on areas of student Enterprise experience that are of particular interest to industry.

E.B. Mayer is an accomplished Agile and DevOps Information Technology transformation strategist and thought leader with over 15 years of experience across multiple industries and fortune 500 companies. Heather is an energetic and experienced IT and Operational leader recognized for developing talent, building strong teams, and driving results across a broad spectrum of capabilities.

This event is open to everyone on campus. Students enrolled in the Enterprise Program or considering joining an Enterprise team are encouraged to attend.