Superior Ideas Challenges Enterprise Students to Help Fund Their Projects

Michigan Tech Enterprise program students are hard-working and innovative, but their creativity can be hindered by their spending limits. That’s where Superior Ideas comes in. Superior Ideas—Michigan Tech’s crowdfunding site—helps bring university research and public service projects to life. Superior Ideas established the Rekhi Funding Challenge, supported by alumnus and longtime donor Kanwal Rekhi, to help Enterprise teams gain funding for their projects.


Registration for Design Expo 2015: Last Day Feb. 6

exposimpleRegistration is now open for Design Expo, a showcase of senior design and Enterprise student projects, now in its 15th year. Registration closes on Friday, Feb. 6.

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Judges are also needed for the event. Faculty and staff interested in judging may RSVP online or contact Mary Raber at
The 2015 Design Expo will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom.

For questions, contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College at

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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New Venture Competition Seeks Student Entrepreneurs

mraberMichigan Tech is collaborating again this year with Central Michigan University in the 2015 New Venture Competition. Students from Michigan Tech and CMU who want to start companies will compete for cash prizes and enjoy valuable networking opportunities.

Past Michigan Tech participants have gone on to build successful businesses, helped in part by the connections made in the competition and the prize money awarded.

Intent to compete forms are due to CMU by December 4th. Information about the competition and forms for entry can be viewed online.

For more information and to discuss opportunities for connecting with a mentor contact Mary Raber in the Pavlis Honors College, or Jim Baker in the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement,

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.”