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Creating An Engineering Enterprise Team Based On The Sae Clean Snowmobile Challenge

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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7.342.1 - 7.342.7



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Scott Miers

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Paula Zenner

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Creating an Engineering Enterprise Team Based on the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Scott A. Miers, Carl L. Anderson, Paula F. Zenner Michigan Technological University


The Enterprise Program at Michigan Technological University was implemented in the fall semester 2000 as a response to the NSF sponsored Action Agenda Program encouraging engineering education reform. The following goals of the MTU Enterprise Program are addressed through both course work and project work:

• promotion of student based and life-long learning • promotion of active, collaborative learning • promotion of faculty as mentors • integration of design, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving • inclusion of cost, project management, and quality issues • recognition of diverse learning styles and career objectives

The program consists of an innovative sixteen credit elective path; nine credits of course work and seven credits of project work, that combines traditional classroom learning with realistic engineering practice in a modern engineering curriculum. The course work is delivered in one credit modules and emphasizes communications, business, and teaming, as well as engineering topics. The project work is accomplished in student teams of 20-30 working on a significant engineering assignment. The engineering enterprises provide a major design experience for its team members and have a life span of multiple academic years. Sophomores hire into and graduating seniors retire from the Enterprise. The purpose of this paper is to show how one of the enterprises, the Clean Snowmobile Enterprise, has been implemented, how the design portion of the experience differs from a traditional senior design project, and the expected enhancements over the traditional design experience. A more specific overview of the Enterprise Program can be obtained by reading the paper entitled, “The Enterprise Program at Michigan Technological University”, by M. R. Plichta and M. Raber, presented at the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.

Clean Snowmobile Enterprise Background

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) is a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) national collegiate design competition that was created by Dr. Lori Fussell and Bill Paddelford to address the concern of snowmobile use in environmentally sensitive areas. The goal of the competition is to significantly reduce noise and emissions from snowmobiles while maintaining current

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Miers, S., & Anderson, C., & Zenner, P. (2002, June), Creating An Engineering Enterprise Team Based On The Sae Clean Snowmobile Challenge Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10565

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