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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).


Spring 2018 Enterprise Scholarship Applications are now Open!

The Enterprise Program has two scholarship opportunities available for students below.

  1. Carnahan Enterprise Scholarships: The Enterprise Program is now accepting Spring 2018 applications for the Carnahan Enterprise Scholarship. This scholarship is open to Business and Humanities majors who enroll in the Enterprise Program. Please review the scholarship description and application form for details. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday March 2 (week 7).
  2. Enterprise ‘Above and Beyond’ Scholarships: The Enterprise Program is now accepting Spring 2018 applications for the ‘Above and Beyond’ Scholarship. Formerly the ‘Super Senior’ scholarship, this scholarship has been expanded and aims to recognize Enterprise students whose participation in their team goes above and beyond the norm. The description, eligibility, and application can be found here: EnterpriseScholarshipDoc2Note the deadline for Spring 2018 is  Wednesday January 24 (Week 2).

Applications should be submitted to:

Rick Berkey

Director, Enterprise Program

722 Minerals and Materials Building


ArcelorMittal Steel Warehouse Program

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ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest steel producer and a sponsor of numerous enterprise and senior design project teams at Michigan Tech. To support a wider range of project teams, ArcelorMittal conceived the “Steel Warehouse” concept to supply steel to student teams throughout the Michigan Tech campus. This program is managed by the Enterprise Program Office in the Pavlis Honors College.

  •  Any enterprise or senior project team may request steel (and only steel) for their project.
  •  To enable support of many teams across campus, requests are limited to $500. Requests > $500 may be considered for approval, depending upon availability of funds and total number of requests received.

**NOTE: The approval and ordering processes have changed.**

Instructions for teams can be found here. A list of preferred steel vendors is provided here.


2nd Annual 3D Printed Aircraft Competition: Registration Deadline Jan. 31

Graduate and undergraduate individuals and teams from all universities are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual 3D Printed Aircraft Competition hosted at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Dates and prize details are provided below and in the attached flyer.  Rules and online entry are available at www.uta.edu/mae/events.php

 Registration deadline: January 31

Submission deadline: May 313d aircraft comp

Aircraft check-in date: July 13 by 4:00 pm

Fly-off Date: Saturday, July 14

Location: UTA Maverick Stadium

 Fixed Wing Category

All lifting surfaces must remain fixed

  • Altair Most Innovative Design, $1000 (designs must be received by submission deadline)
  • Longest duration flight, first prize, $1000
  • Longest duration flight, second prize, $500

 Rotary Wing Category

A significant proportion of lift is generated by rotation of components or of the entire body

  • Altair Most Innovative Design, $1000 (designs must be received by submission deadline)
  • Longest duration flight, first prize, $1000
  • Longest duration flight, second prize, $500

 Each team must complete an entry form by the January 31, 2018 registration deadline.

 For questions and sponsorship inquiries, contact Robert Taylor (taylorrm@uta.edu) or Ashfaq Adnan (aadnan@uta.edu)


Fifth Annual Rekhi Innovation Challenge Underway

The fifth annual Rekhi Innovation Challenge kicked off on November 10th. Three Enterprise teams are competing for funding this year: Blue Marble Security, BoardSport Technologies, and Velovations. The Rekhi Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through Michigan Tech’s crowdfunding site, Superior Ideas. The team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match of up to $5,000. Monetary awards for total number of unique visitors, total number of unique funders, most social media engagement, most creative marketing plan, and the first team to raise $1,000 will also be presented to teams at the conclusion of the competition.

Superior Ideas was established in 2012 to help bring university research and public service projects to life. The site uses crowdfunding to raise money and awareness for university research and public service projects that may not qualify for grant funding. The Rekhi Innovation Challenge was developed in collaboration with the Enterprise Program Office and the Vice President for Research Office with support from Michigan Tech alumnus and longtime donor Kanwal Rekhi. Rekhi, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969.

Enterprise teams that have participated in past challenges include Innovative Global Solutions, Robotics Systems, Supermileage Systems, Aerospace, Blizzard Baja, GEAR and Open Source Hardware. Velovations took first place in the last competition with $2,550 in donations and a match of $2,550 from Rekhi, bringing the grand total to $5,100 in funding for their RENEW-U project. RENEW-U is an ergometer for wheelchair users to exercise upper-extremity muscles in order to improve strength and mobility. Over the last four years, the Rekhi Innovation Challenge has provided over $58,000 in support for 23 different student projects, attracting 267 unique donors.

For this year’s Rekhi Innovation Challenge, Blue Marble Security Enterprise is raising money to reach out to various community members and groups to increase interest in STEM fields among middle and high school students, particularly women. BoardSport Technologies wants to develop a SmartBoard that will track snowboarders via GPS and REECO location to ensure a speedy rescue if caught in an avalanche or lost. Velovations Enterprise is working with a local trails club to design and build a multi-purpose trail groomer with modular parts that can be swapped in the field to accommodate varying conditions.

Blue Marble Security team photo
Blue Marble Security team photo
BoardSport Technologies' SmartBoard
BoardSport Technologies’ SmartBoard
Velovations' Snow Trail Groomer
Velovations’ Snow Trail Groomer

If you’d like to learn more about any of these projects or donate, please visit Superior Ideas. The Rekhi Innovation Challenge will run through March 31, 2018. Help support student innovation and entrepreneurship at Michigan Tech by making a donation today.


Enterprise Scholarship Opportunities for Fall 2017!

The Enterprise Program has two scholarship opportunities available for students below.

  1. Carnahan Enterprise Scholarships: The Enterprise Program is now accepting Fall 2017 applications for the Carnahan Enterprise Scholarship. This scholarship is open to Business and Humanities majors who enroll in the Enterprise Program. Please review the scholarship description and application form for details. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday October 20 (week 7).
  2. Enterprise ‘Above and Beyond’ Scholarships: The Enterprise Program is now accepting Fall 2017 applications for the ‘Above and Beyond’ Scholarship. Formerly the ‘Super Senior’ scholarship, this scholarship has been expanded and aims to recognize Enterprise students whose participation in their team goes above and beyond the norm. The description, eligibility, and application can be found here: EnterpriseScholarshipDoc2Note the deadline for Fall 2017 has been extended to 5pm Wednesday September 20 (Week 3).

Applications should be submitted to:

Rick Berkey

Director, Enterprise Program

722 Minerals and Materials Building