The Transportation Enterprise (TE) is a Discovery-based undergraduate educational program that uses industry sponsored projects to serve as the framework and motivation for student learning. The Transportation Enterprise is housed in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department with offices in 109 Dillman Hall. The program is Advised by Associate Professor George Dewey.
The TE was initially started in 2000 as the Pavement Enterprise (Pavement Design, Construction, and Materials or PDCM) with a generous gift from Bob and Ellen Thompson and has since broadened their focus (and name) to encompass many areas of transportation including highways, bridges, railroads, and transportation planning. The vision of the Transportation Enterprise is to be a nontraditional program fostering engineering education through collaborative relationships between industry, students, and faculty.
The TE is one of 27 current student Enterprise teams at Michigan Tech that try to operate like small companies to solve real-world problems. The teams perform testing and analyses, make recommendations, design systems, provide services, meet budgets and schedules, and manage multiple projects. Team members must manage all aspects of a project including budgeting, work plans, implementation, report writing, and project assessment. Faculty members play an advisory role as coaches and mentors. Industry sponsors advise and help guide technical projects. Students develop the critical skills needed to succeed in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing work environment.