Supermileage Systems - Advanced Motorsports (AMS) Enterprise - Trailer Improvements

Institution: Michigan Technological University
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Why This Project Is Important 

Blizzard Baja, Clean Snowmobile ChallengeFormula SAE, and Supermileage Systems are the four Michigan Tech Enterprise teams that operate as Advanced Motorsports (AMS). These four teams have a combined 150+ student members. Every year, our AMS teams travel thousands of miles to participate in collegiate design competitions across the country. When traveling to competitions with the AMS trucks and trailers, we are representing Michigan Tech. It is important to have equipment that is safe, functional, reliably maintained, shows our professionalism and competition, and displays our school pride while on the road. These vehicles are expensive to maintain and often require functional upgrades to best suit the teams' needs. 

Project Description 

Currently, the two trucks and enclosed trailers have room for improvements in function and safety. After several years of wear and tear, the trailer non-slip floor covering needs replacement. Other identified areas for improvement include corrosion and leak repair on the older pickup truck, trailer imaging/wrap replacements, lighting, maintenance, and safety inspections. Your contributions will help alleviate the teams' budgets so they can continue to build high performing competitive vehicles. There are four campaigns listed, each team is competing for additional match funds for their team as a reward for the highest amount raised. This campaign is for the Supermileage Systems team. 

Meet the Researchers

Andy Lambert

Andy is the CEO of the Supermileage Systems Enterprise at Michigan Tech for the 2020-21 Academic Year. Andy joined the team in the Fall of 2018 and has been a member of the body/chassis team for 6 semesters. Andy began his senior capstone project this Spring focusing on improving drivetrain efficiency. He also has served as the CFO and COO during his time with the team.

Rick Berkey

I am a Professor of Practice in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Dept. (MMET) and serve as the Enterprise Program Director, housed in the Pavlis Honors College (PHC). I advise the Supermileage Systems Enterprise, one of four teams under Michigan Tech Advanced Motorsports. I also teach two courses in Lean/Six Sigma methods as a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Prior to Michigan Tech, I spent twelve years in industry in various roles including product development, materials, program management, operations, and Lean/Six Sigma/Quality. I've worked in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and consumer product sectors and have authored/co-authored ten patents in the area of automotive filtration products/systems.

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of $5,000 fund goal
The average donation for this project is $175
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What Your Donation Can Help Us Do: 

  • Replace the non-slip floor cover
  • Purchase and install permanent work benches
  • Purchase and install overhead cabinets
  • Purchase and install lighting
  • Perform necessary maintenance
  • Update imaging on the vehicles and trailers

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Advanced Motorsports T-Shirt and Recognition on the AMS Website

$250 (3/25)

Advanced Motorsports Hoodie and Recognition on the AMS Website

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AMS Level Sponsorship Plus Benefits

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