Redefining the Classroom

Mission, Goals & Program Objectives

Mission

The Product Development Center provides the necessary engineering design tools, engineering staff, materials analysis, product packaging guidance, software development and other similar services leading to the development of a functioning prototype to meet the needs of the MEDC, the MI-SBTDC, and small businesses and entrepreneurs of Michigan while providing opportunities for students to obtain real world experience on actual design projects

Goals

Bridge the gap from ideas to the marketplace for resource-limited Michigan businesses.
Provide services that enable small Michigan businesses to compete in the global economy.
Provide assistance and opportunities for business with diverse abilities to enhance their economic growth.
Engage in assessment and continuous improvement activities with client businesses to enhance their growth potential.
Deliver a high quality design experience for undergraduates which incorporates and develops skills in communication, design, ethics, teamwork, and technology relevant to the student's degree.

Program Objectives

Collaborate with SSMartSM and the Sault Ste. Marie/LSSU SmartZoneSM
Meet the needs of clients referred by the Mi-SBTDC and MEDC
Provide economical engineering services to businesses that do not have resources to bring new ideas to a marketable condition
Establish a self sustaining PDC that improves the economic position of Michigan businesses
Brings recognition to LSSU as a source of technology and excellent technical graduates