2015 SAE Clean Snowmobile Summary Report

Michigan Tech Sled Handling1aThe Keweenaw Research Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech hosted the 2015 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge— from March 2-7, 2015 and have hosted it for the last 12 years. The mission of this challenge is to design a snowmobile that achieves reduced emissions and noise characteristics while keeping performance equal to or better than the performance of stock snowmobiles. Find out more at the 2015 SAE Clean Snowmobile Summary Report

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Winter Baja 2015 Update Results

IMG_5650640The 2015 Winter Baja was held Saturday, Feb. 21, near the Student Development Complex at Michigan Technological University.

The University of Iowa car #48 came in first place, followed by Northern Michigan University car #40 at 2nd Place and Ferris State University car #76 at 3rd Place. Other standings are listed below showing the place and laps completed. In the dynamic event University of Michigan Car #1 came in first followed by University of Iowa Car # 68 at 2nd and University of Michigan Car #161 at 3rd.

The event was held during the National Engineers Week at Michigan Tech. This year there were 33 off-road vehicles from 18 universities. The event is an informal, but competitive Winter Baja race held on a motocross-style track made out of snow.

Here are some of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes  that came in First Place in Endurance  Contest
Here are some of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes that came in First Place in Endurance Contest

More photos of the The 2015 Winter Baja on Flickr Photo Sharing.

Video Clip from 2015 Winter Baja

The line up was at 1130 am and competition endurance race started at 12 Noon, and the action went till 4 pm.

The Endurance Race results:

Position School Car # Laps
1 UNIV OF IOWA 48 63
2 NORTHERN MI UNIV 40 56
3 FERRIS ST UNIV 76 54
4 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 34 54
5 MICHIGAN STATE 42 53
6 MICHIGAN TECH 906 53
7 NORTHWESTERN MIICHIGAN 69 53
8 UNIV OF WI MILWAUKEE 43 52
9 SANILAC CAREER CENTER 061 52
10 UNIV OF IOWA 68 50
11 MICHIGAN TECH 52 48
12 UNIV OF MI ANN ARBOR 1 48
13 MICHIGAN STATE 8 48
14 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 65 46
15 MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY 17 43
16 UNIV OF ILL URBANA‐CHAMPAIGN 49 42
17 UNIV OF WI STOUT 58 42
18 MICHIGAN STATE 101 42
19 SANILAC CAREER CENTER 20 41
20 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 73 41
21 UNIV OF MI ANN ARBOR 076 40
22 UNIV OF ILL URBANA‐CHAMPAIGN 37 39
23 SANILAC CAREER CENTER 56 39
24 SANILAC CENTER 46 38
25 UNIV OF ILL CHICAGO 29 37
26 MICHIGAN TECH 77 34
27 SOUTHERN ILL UNIVERSITY 92 32
28 UNIV OF IOWA 57 32
29 WESTERN MI UNIV 61 30
30 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIV 28 27
31 UNIV OF MI ANN ARBOR 161 25

Dynamic Event
School and Car #
1 Univ of Michigan 1
2 Univ of Iowa 68
3 Univ of Michigan 161
4 Ferris State Univ. 22
5 Michigan Tech 906
6 Ferris State Univ. 76
7 Central Michigan Univ. 65
8 Michigan Tech 77
9 Univ. of Illinois Chicago 29
10 Northwestern Mich Coll 69

Others that competed
UW Stout 58
UW Milwaukee 43
Univ Of Illinois 37
Univ of Michigan 76
SCC 46
Southern Illinois 92
Michigan State 8
Western Michigan 61
Central Michigan 34
Michigan State 101
Lake Superior St 28
Ferris State 76
Western Michigan 61
Central Michigan 73
University off Illinois 49
Northwestern Mich Coll 69
Ferris State 22


ARCHIVES from the Past

A video playlist features scenes from past Winter Baja events.

Highlights from the 2013 Winter Baja

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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.

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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.

Registration Site: http://blogs.mtu.edu/expo/

Judges are also needed for the event. Faculty and staff interested in judging may RSVP online or contact Mary Raber at mraber@mtu.edu.
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 phackney@mtu.edu.

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2015 Undergraduate Research Expo Call for Abstracts

UREThe Michigan Tech Honors Institute would like to invite all undergraduate researchers from every department to submit an abstract for research to be presented at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Expo.  

This expo will give researchers a chance to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges. Not only will this event be an excellent learning experience for presenters, but it will also showcase the undergraduate research that is happening at Michigan Tech. The expo will be held in the Rosza Lobby during Spring Preview Weekend (March 20) when visiting high school students will be able to see the exciting opportunities available to them at Michigan Tech.

The Honors Institute has been working closely with the Vice President of Research and the Undergraduate Admissions Office to make this event possible, and hopes undergraduate researchers will take advantage of this valuable experience. Printing of posters will be sponsored up to $25. For directions on poster design, please visit http://www.mtu.edu/honors-institute/events/undergraduate-expo/ and click on “Presenting a Poster”. Prizes of $200, $150, and $100 will be awarded to the best 3 presentations, as chosen by faculty judges.

Abstracts

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/URE2015 to submit the abstract. Submission will take place via an online form, but is is recommended that presenters save their abstract in a document and copy the required information to the website. Abstracts will need to include presenter name, e-mail address, class, college/school, department, and faculty advisor’s name. The body of the abstract should include a title, the names of the authors, an introduction, a description of the materials and methods, the results of the completed or ongoing research, and any acknowledgements. Submissions will be accepted from September 23, 2014 until January 16, 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by Research Expo staff, and a confirmation of acceptance will be sent by February 6. In the event that not all presenters will fit in the Rosza Lobby, it is possible that some abstracts will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or are having difficulties submitting an abstract, feel free to contact honors+expo@mtu.edu. We look forward to seeing your abstracts and presentations!

Our mission is to support students in challenging, interdisciplinary, undergraduate enriching activities and opportunities available in and through Michigan Technological University as they achieve the highest standards of academic excellence.

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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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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, mraber@mtu.edu or Jim Baker in the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement, jrbaker@mtu.edu.

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities

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The Michigan Space Grant Consortium has funding opportunities available in the following categories:

Undergraduate Fellowship
Graduate Fellowship
Pre-College Education
Public Outreach
Teacher Training
Research Seed Grant  

The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12. To read announcements, submission requirements and to submit a proposal, visit the MSGC website. Note— proposals must be submitted electronically, and those exceeding the stated page limits will not be considered.

Specific information regarding Michigan Tech’s requirements and submission procedures can be found at funding. For more information, contact Paige Hackney (phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371) in the Pavlis Honors College.

Only US citizens are eligible to apply for these fellowship grants. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371.

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