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Guest Speaker Event: Tuesday January 12 @ 6pm in Fisher 135

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Two former athletes, who now present on college campuses throughout the nation, have added Michigan Tech to their list of places to present.
John Standeford, former Super Bowl Champion – Indianapolis Colts and Zach McClellan – former Colorado Rockies National League champion will be in Houghton to talk about the value of teams and how your participation in extracurricular activities can bring success to your job search.
 
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet two former athletes who might make a difference in your life and career!

Rekhi Innovation Challenge Deadline Extended to Monday Oct. 26

Enterprise and Senior Design Teams and Advisors: here is your chance to secure funding for your innovative ideas! The deadline has been extended to encourage participation from more teams. A minimum of 5 teams is needed in order to hold the challenge.

The Vice President for Research Office and Pavlis Honors College are now accepting projects for the Rekhi Innovation Challenge, a crowdfunding competition whose aim is to promote student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas. This year, the Challenge has been opened up to any Enterprise or Senior Design teams whose projects include an innovative approach to an important design challenge or market need.

The competition runs from Nov. 1-Dec. 31 and projects must now be submitted by Oct. 26 in order to be considered. To participate, please see the information for teamsadvisors, and the application form.

Any questions can be directed to Natasha Chopp at nichopp@mtu.edu.

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ArcelorMittal Steel Warehouse Program

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“Steel Warehouse”

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.


Rekhi Innovation Challenge Now Open

The Vice President for Research Office and Pavlis Honors College are now accepting projects for the Rekhi Innovation Challenge, a crowdfunding competition whose aim is to promote student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas. This year, the Challenge has been opened up to any Enterprise or Senior Design teams whose projects include an innovative approach to an important design challenge or market need.

The competition runs from Nov. 1-Dec. 31 and projects must be submitted by Oct. 21 in order to be considered. To participate, please see the information for teams, advisors, and the application form.

Any questions can be directed to Natasha Chopp at nichopp@mtu.edu.

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Enterprise Pop-Up Workshop: Successful Projects, Satisfied Sponsors

 

Enterprise Pop-Up Workshop: Successful Projects, Satisfied Sponsors

Join us for an interactive workshop where we will share techniques to gain early momentum on projects, make positive first impressions, and develop professional relationships with industry sponsors. For teams seeking industry support, we will share information on Enterprise sponsorship and the resources available through the Pavlis Honors College.
When and Where: This session will be held on Thursday Oct. 1 from 6-7:30 pm in the newly renovated Pavlis Honors College Offices (722 M&M). Pizza and drinks will be provided.
About the Facilitators: Rick Berkey (Director, Enterprise Program) and Joe Thompson (Sponsored Projects Manager) will draw upon nearly 35 years of combined experience working in industry and with Michigan Tech’s Enterprise partners and sponsors.
RSVP is required by Wednesday Sept. 30 at 4pm. Attendance is limited to 30 participants; initial priority will be given to allow at least one student from each Enterprise to participate. A confirmation email will be sent out on Wed. to all participants. Please complete the Google form to register.


Supermileage Systems Enterprise takes 4th place at 2015 SAE Supermileage Competition

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The Michigan Tech Supermileage Systems Enterprise took fourth place at the SAE Supermileage Challenge. Rick Berkey, advisor of the Supermileage Systems Enterprise says, “I wanted to share our competition results as many of you have had a hand in the team’s success, whether it’s providing administrative support, help with fundraising, shop and lab support, technical guidance on projects, etc. I’m very proud of this team for what they accomplished and HOW they accomplished it…demonstrating excellent teamwork, integrity, and resourcefulness. Like many competitions, we were challenged on a few safety issues the judges had concerns about, working late into the evening to address them successfully. Of course we also had a lot of fun!”

Berkey says the vehicle was completely new that took two years to design, build, and test. Nothing from the 2013 vehicle was reused and thus it was a major design effort, with the team logging over 5,000 hours (yes 5,000) over two years!

Summary:
29 teams competed in this year’s event, including teams from Canada and the US. Of those 29, 23 made it successfully through technical inspection, and 18 were able to make qualifying fuel economy runs
We were one of only 3 teams eligible for the Endurance Award, which requires a minimum of 4 qualifying fuel runs…BYU earned the award based on higher mpg We were one of only 2 teams with throttle by wire…made possible due in large part to our multidisciplinary team of EE, CpE, CS, and ME majors Our combined verbal/written design report score was 360 out of 450 possible…in the top 1/3, and we know what to do to improve further Tech placed 4th overall with a top mileage of 793 mpg, improving on our 2013 performance of 758 mpg. Check out the official results. We also had the opportunity to be part of a local alumni event on Thursday evening (thanks Kay!) and presented our vehicle to about 12 MTU alumni, including two Supermileage alumni from 2013.

For next year, we’ll be entering the Shell Ecomarathon Americas competition for the first time…a bigger event that will give Michigan Tech more exposure, and an opportunity to demonstrate our new battery electric vehicle (BEV) architecture which is not allowed in the SAE competition. But for now, I think we’re all ready for a nice break over the summer!

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