What we do
The Michigan Tech Clean Snowmobile Team is given the task of building two snowmobiles to compete at a yearly competition that is hosted by Michigan Tech at the Keweenaw Research Center. One of the snowmobiles built is powered by an Internal Combustion engine with the intent of developing a snowmobile that is acceptable for use in environmentally sensitive areas such as National Parks and pristine areas. This means making the snowmobile flex fuel capable, lower emissions and increased fuel efficiency while maintaining the power and overall
performance of the stock snowmobile.
The other snowmobile built is in the Zero Emissions class, this is a full electric snowmobile totally custom built by Michigan Tech students. The intent for this snowmobile is for operation in areas of remote research testing locations.
Locations such as these, act like a sponge and absorb all foreign and domestic pollutants in the area. Doing this can skew data gathered and render it useless.
Most students of the team are Mechanical and Electrical Engineers but we do have Mechanical Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering major students. The team is looking for more Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
majors to help with the ZE snowmobile.
The team placed 3rd in the Zero Emissions category and 5th in the Internal Combustion category at the 2012 competition and received the most innovative for our rear drive system on our full electric snowmobile. Michigan Tech at the Keweenaw Research Center will host the 2013 competition March 3rd -9th.
Dr. Jason Blough -Advisor
Chad Kromrey-IC President
Brad Fuchs-ZE President
Cody Fackender-Engine Team Leader
Chet Little-Chassis Team Leader
Michael Wood-Business Leader