The Enterprise Program will be hosting Altair’s Training and EDU Technical Relations Manager, Erik Larson, November 14 and 15 for a two part industry speaker series event. On Wednesday, November 14 from 1-3pm in the Active Learning Center (MEEM120) Erik Larson will provide an overview of Altair’s revolutionary, easy to use, structural optimization and motion analysis tool, Inspire. Inspire offers a simple interface that will allow the user to quickly and easily prepare and solve Finite Element Analysis problems to aid in the engineering and light weighting of static and motion based systems. Inspire leads Altair’s suite of software that promotes their philosophy of simulation driven design. Attend this seminar and start creating intelligent designs for your senior design and enterprise projects. This session is open to all levels of students and no prior FEA experience is necessary. Instructions for downloading the FREE, fully functional student edition of Inspire will be provided at the seminar as well.
On Thursday, November 15 from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm in M&M 718A students will have the ability to meet with Erik to get support and guidance on the application of the Altair software suite to current projects.
Erik Larson (’91 BSME) is Altair’s Training and EDU Technical Relations Manager. He is responsible for managing and conducting both online and instructor-led trainings for the United States. Additionally, Erik acts as a technical liaison for the Altair EDU outreach program, helping universities discover how the Altair suite of tools can enrich their curriculum and training faculty and students in the tools. Erik has over 25 years of experience conducting FEA structural, optimization and crash analysis.
The Enterprise Program is now accepting Fall 2018 applications for the Carnahan Enterprise Scholarship. This scholarship is open to Business and Humanities majors who are enrolled in the Enterprise Program. Please review the scholarship description and application form for details. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday, October 19 (week 7).
Michigan 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.
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.
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).
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Second Place: Advanced Metalworks Enterprise
Honorable Mention: Cin/Optic Communication and Media
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.
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:
- Outstanding Leadership
- Rookie Award
- Innovative Solutions Award
- Industry/Sponsor Relations
- 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.