The Enterprise Program is a series of required courses that create a design/build experience for Mechanical Engineering students. In Enterprise students work on a team to create a real product for industry or in a national competition.
This program is made up of student-driven teams that work like companies on real-world projects ranging from finding solutions to global challenges to making an existing product better; from participating in national competitions to working with local companies on a critical design. Students in Mechanical Engineering will have up to six semesters of experience with the Enterprise Program.
Amazon Pick and Place
The Amazon Pick and Place team will build a small robot to compete in the Amazon Robotics Challenge. The challenge combines object recognition, grasp planning, compliant manipulation, motion planning, task planning and error detection. The robots are scored by how many items are properly stored in a fixed time. This year the team will focus on improving the previous year's design.
The Argo Armada builds custom rockets for various competitions. The goal of the 2019-2020 team is to achieve Level 2 certification and to compete in the ESRA competition.
The ArgoTots team customizes ride-on cars and other similar devices for children who have physical and/or mental disabilities. The goal of the ArgoTots team will be to create two vehicles each year for children in need in the Northwest Florida region.
SAE Aero (Argonautics)
The SAE Aero team designs and builds a radio-controlled model aircraft that will lift the largest payload while still maintaining structural integrity. The goal of the 2019-2020 year is to compete in the SAE Aero East competition.
The SAE Baja team designs and builds a baja-type vehicle for a yearly SAE Baja competition. The competition, which draws about 100 teams from universities in the US and around the world, is comprised of endurance, agility, power and speed events. The team competed for the first time in 2019 and is looking to place even higher in 2020.
The skateboard team will be designing and building novel skateboards. The goal of the team will be to experiment with new designs. Design for manufacturability will be an important component of the project.
The Solar Car Team is designing and building a solar car for the 2020 Formula Sun Grand Prix event. The team was recently awarded a legacy car from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and hopes to use the lessons learned from observing the 2019 Formula race to help prepare for the 2020 competition.
The Trebuchet team will design and build a full-size trebuchet for demonstration in the annual UWF Daily Life in Ancient Rome event which occurs each spring and is hosted by the History department.
The AIAA Design Build Fly team will be competing in the annual AIAA Design Build Fly competition. Student teams will design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft which can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance.
Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge
The Human-Powered Vehicle team will build a vehicle, similar to a recumbent bicycle that will compete in national and international competitions. The goal for the 2019-2020 year is to compete in the ASME Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge in April 2020. Future goals include the both HPVC races and the world speed record.
The NASA Rover team will build a two-person vehicle for the NASA Rover Challenge Competition each spring in Huntsville, Alabama. The rover must be human-powered and able to traverse rough terrain, including rocks and hills. This year's team will compete in the challenge for the first time.
The UWF Mechanical Engineering Department has several teams that perform applied research under faculty supervision. These projects include metal synthesis, mechanochemistry and bio-inspired materials.
Metal-Organic Framework Syntheses in Microgravity: The goal of this team is to create an autonomous reaction vessel for the synthesis of a unique crystalline structure aboard the International Space Station as well as analyze the physical properties of the lattice. This project will be interdisciplinary, involving both the Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry departments.