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Mark Reese

“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology
Graduate Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Prof. Jim Devaprasad wrote a paper titled, "Testing of Products or Processes: A Low-Cost Option," after he, LSSU Mechanical Lab Engineer Jon Coullard, and several LSSU students completed a testing project for PIAB USA, a Boston manufacturing firm specializing in robotics end-of-arm tooling. (more...)

Bridging the gap from ideas to production for resource-limited businesses. Enhancing production through automation, robotics and optimization


The PDC is a not-for-profit activity of the LSSU College of Engineering, Technology and Economic Development that provides fee based engineering services to businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors.
Engineering Project Managers with industrial experience participate in each project and guide skilled engineering students to provide an economical result for the client.

Whether a prototype device or process is needed or making an existing idea ready for market the PDC can help with engineering in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Manufacturing and Robotic/Automation, Statistical Analysis, Technical Writing and Documentation.

If a project needs additional support in the business or sciences areas, the PDC can manage the project and collaborate with various departments of the university. For example, projects may benefit from the involvement of the LSSU School of Business in developing a marketing or business plan.

As a project develops from idea to marketable product, the PDC can interact with other economic development entities such as SSMartSM ( Sault Ste. Marie Advanced Resources and Technology), Inc. and other SmartZones.



MEDC - PDC Partnership

The LSSU Product Development Center (PDC) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) work together to foster an environment to help entrepreneurs and technology companies succeed. The initial grant to support the PDC was provided by Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund, which is administered by the MEDC, Michigan's one-stop resource for business retention, expansion, and relocation projects


Whether it's an expansion, relocation, or even a concern with an agency of state government, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) can help. From site location assistance to job training grants, from help with permits to tax abatements, the MEDC is the State of Michigan's official economic development corporation -- a one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan






Dereck Wonnacutt

Dereck Wonnacutt
Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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