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Sustainable Demonstration House:...

The Alternative Energy Enterprise at Michigan Tech will retrofit an existing, older home into an energy efficient residence, incorporating renewable energy generation. The goal is to set up a Sustainable Demonstration House to serve as a resource for the broader community to learn about, test and...

$36,885 (funded)
$15,000 (goal)
Can a Good Night's Sleep...

Sleep disorders affect nearly one in three adults. Since chronic sleep deprivation leads to cardiovascular disease—the number one killer in the United States for almost 100 years—this is a critical health issue. We will investigate sleep disorders in great depth to better understand the...

$24,875 (funded)
$25,000 (goal)
Greener and Cleaner: Building a...

Help tomorrow's engineers design cutting-edge snowmobile technology today. The Clean Snowmobile Challenge pits teams of students from different schools against one another to design the best environmentally friendly snowmobile—presenting concepts for quieter, cleaner, and more-efficient vehicles...

$15,910 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Supermileage Systems Enterprise...

Due to increasingly strict fuel standards and the need to reduce the United States’ dependency on oil, the auto industry must develop new methods for increasing fuel mileage in their fleets.Michigan Technological University's Supermileage team is rising to the challenge by developing vehicles that...

$10,520 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Restoration of Coaster Brook Trout...

Lake Superior is home to an at-risk form of migratory brook trout (called coasters), some of which spawn in local rivers. These fish were once common throughout the lake, but there is now only one verified breeding population of coasters along the south shore. These fishes’ primary spawning sites...

$10,000 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
MTU Blizzard Baja SAE 2016

The Blizzard Baja SAE Enterprise is comprised of about 50 undergraduate engineering majors from multiple disciplines, as well as several graduate engineering students and undergraduate business majors. The objective of the Blizzard Baja SAE Enterprise Program is to design and manufacture a single...

$9,670 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
"RENEW-U" - Exercise...

Our exercise device offers an innovative approach for individuals with spinal cord injury to exercise upper-extremity muscles so that they can improve their strength and wheelchair mobility which will lead to greater independence and enhanced quality of life.

$8,660 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Mobile Medicine: Bringing...

It's an interesting paradox: villagers in the most remote Ghanaian towns often receive better medical care than those in towns outside of larger cities. With a mobile clinic, we can help mitigate the spread of dangerous diseases and illnesses, and provide some emergency services to those most in...

$8,319 (funded)
$8,000 (goal)
Paving the Way toward an...

Mixing concrete is a bit of an art. Not enough air in the mix can cause concrete to crack when it freezes; too much air yields weak results. To check the final result, engineers polish samples of hardened concrete, and then count air bubbles by hand. Developing an open-source, computerized...

$8,000 (funded)
$8,000 (goal)
Oculus-ASR Nanosatellite

The mission of the Oculus-ASR nanosatellite is to aid in calibration of algorithms and a global array of telescopes that, using unresolved optical imagery, can determine spacecraft attitude and shape. The program will be used to determine the missions and intentions of unfriendly or unknown...

$6,000 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Supermileage Systems Enterprise...

To compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon our team has a 300 Watt motor that we are going to control by way of a brushless DC motor controller. This project is unlike anything this team has previously accomplished and upon success of the project this team will receive high placement at the 2016 Shell...

$5,266 (funded)
$7,500 (goal)
New Exercise Equipment for...

Our exercise device offers a new option for wheelchair users to exercise upper-extremity muscles so that they can improve their strength and wheelchair mobility.

$5,100 (funded)
$5,000 (goal)
Development of a Free...

Psychological testing is dominated by expensive proprietary tests that have for the most part been developed using public research money. The licensing costs associated with testing makes access difficult or expensive and prevents access to useful testing where funding is limited or unavailable....

$3,706 (funded)
$5,000 (goal)
Career Networking Initiative

As students graduate and enter the workforce, there are certain skills that are necessary in order for them to have a successful career, such as communication and networking. Being able to communicate effectively and develop strong networks is highly sought by potential employers. Travel grants are...

$2,875 (funded)
$2,500 (goal)
Improving Health Care in...

Having already implemented a mobile health clinic in Ghana in 2013, we are in the process of gathering more medical supplies. Our hope is to raise enough funds to purchase and ship a portable x-ray machine as well as other vital medical supplies.

$2,675 (funded)
$4,000 (goal)
Pioneering Women in Business...

The Pioneering Women in Business (PWB) Scholarship is a great opportunity for women studying in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Technological University. The scholarship supports female leaders who embrace hard work and embody strong ethics who are leaders in and out of the...

$2,010 (funded)
$4,000 (goal)
Investigating the Sustainability...

This project will improve the sustainability of the ship-recycling industry in Bangladesh, where millions of tons of metal are recovered from hundreds of beached container ships, oil tankers, and cruise liners annually. We will investigate how recycled metal flows through the metal smith community...

$1,850 (funded)
$3,500 (goal)
Pavlis Institute - India Projects...

Students in the Pavlis Honors College, at Michigan Tech, will be traveling to Chennai, India to improve primary and higher secondary schools, making it a better environment for students. Your donation will help purchase supplies and materials that would help cover the cost of improvements to the...

$1,850 (funded)
$1,750 (goal)
Transportable Water Purification...

This water purification system will be designed with two main focuses. The first focus is the water purification system’s ability to produce enough water for a large group during extended stay trips in backcountry areas where there is no clean water. The second focus of this system is its use in...

$1,740 (funded)
$1,230 (goal)
Youth STEM Series: Get Women in...

The Center for Pre-College Outreach will co-host a day-long workshop for 7th-8th grade girls. During the event, the girls will engage in three to four science and engineering challenges, meet female role models from Michigan Tech programs, learn physics concepts, and reconnect with their interest...

$1,380 (funded)
$2,500 (goal)
StreetKnits: Creating a close-knit...

Michigan Tech students will engage in a service learning project by knitting for the homeless in Technical Communication classes. Apart from creating handmade projects for people who currently do not have a home, students will also create documents and thus raise social awareness and help the...

$1,020 (funded)
$750 (goal)

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