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Human Resources highlights the Michigan Tech Enterprise program

The talent that manufacturing companies must find to fill the next
generation of skilled-manufacturing jobs will come from institutions such as Michigan Technological University, a Houghton, Mich.-based public research university with an enrollment of approximately 7,000 and one of the first academic institutions to join LM31, says Paul Sanders, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at MTU .
‘In the News’ feature link listed below highlights the Michigan Tech Enterprise program on page 46.

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Enterprise Teams on Superior Ideas Crowdfunding

GEAR Enterprise: Initial Projects
The outdoor recreation sector is an expansive consumer industry, which provides an opportunity for further education and innovation for students, and companies.

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2016 National Competition Mini Baja Car
Michigan Tech’s 2016 Baja car is on track to be the fastest, most technologically advanced Mini-Baja car to date.

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Breathe In, Breathe Out, Breathe On
The International Business Venture Enterprise (IBV) at Michigan Technological University is a Biomedical Enterprise that focuses on providing solutions for global medical problems.

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Battery Electric Vehicle Build
MTU’s Supermileage System Enterprise team is pursuing fuel economy challenges by developing vehicles that push efficiency to the extreme.

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Power Board
Commuting distances between 1 and 5 miles can be expensive when adding costs of parking, gasoline, and vehicle maintenance.

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Open Source Hardware
We are a brand-new Enterprise dedicated to the development, advancement, and availability of open-source hardware.

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Meadows Appointed First Dean of Pavlis Honors College

14b57a7Lorelle Meadows has been appointed dean of the newly established Pavlis Honors College. She will start on August 1.

Meadows comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, where she served as assistant dean of academic programs in the College of Engineering. “She brings a wealth of experience in leadership and administrative roles, from first-year programs to broadly overarching programs that transcend departmental boundaries,” said Provost Max Seel. “She has an excellent vision how to bring together the various parts of this new entity.”  

Enterprise Students Target IT Solutions for Retailer

Where does a giant international retailer turn when it needs innovative IT support? Michigan Technological University, of course. Target Corporation, with international headquarters in Minneapolis, is the first retail firm to participate in Michigan Tech’s signature Enterprise program. In the Enterprise program, teams of students work with a business or industry sponsor on a real-world problem that the sponsor would like the students to help solve.

DENSO Underwrites Undergraduate Dynamometer Facility at Michigan Tech

image106605-horizThree of Michigan Tech’s Advanced Motorsports Enterprise teams are working together—literally—for the first time, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation. The funding is enabling the Formula SAE, Supermileage Systems and Clean Snowmobile teams to share remodeled engine-lab space in the Advanced Technology Development Complex (ATDC) on Sharon Avenue in Houghton.

Design Expo 2014 Awards

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. 

Rick Berkey Receives SAE Faculty Advisor Award

The Society of Automotive Engineers International has honored Rick Berkey, industry projects manager for the Institute for Leadership and Innovation, with the 2014 Faculty Advisor Award. Berkey is the faculty advisor for the Supermileage Systems Enterprise.

“This is a significant honor for Rick, which recognizes his success as an advisor for the SAE Supermileage team and as a mentor for our students,” said ME-EM Department Chair Bill Predebon. “Rick utilizes his strong industry experience in teaching and mentoring his students.”  

2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department is
a partner with the Keweenaw Research Center for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Tech. A page leading to the results, news stories and photo Galleries is provided by the department. Links to 2014 Results Pictures and Videos

Also Videos and a Video Playlist of the Handling Competition.

Photo Gallery of the 2014 Events

Results News Report: Kettering, McGill Win 2014 Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Dan Hancock, the president of SAE International, attended several of events and spoke at the Awards banquet.  

2014 Design Expo

2014 Design Expo registration deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2014.
Design Expo 2014 (formerly Undergraduate Expo)
Thursday, April 17, 2014; 8 AM – 4 PM; J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, 3rd floor

For the past 14 years, Michigan Tech undergraduate students have showcased their work at the Undergraduate Expo each April. This year, event organizers have changed the name from Undergraduate Expo to Design Expo: A showcase of Enterprise and Senior Design teams.

The reasons? First of all, to avoid confusion. A brand new event, the Undergraduate Research Expo, has been launched by the Michigan Tech Honors Institute for 2014. Second of all, the new name Design Expo better describes our event, in which student teams display their design projects. We took the opportunity to update the event logo and website with help from Michigan Tech University Marketing.

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