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Alum Success

Maria DiValentin

"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

Mission, Goals & Program Objectives


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


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





International Success

Brittany Currie

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Automated tie rod assembly work cell

Second Place
Shanghi Jiao Tong University, China

Third Place
University of North Carolina

2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Student Manufacturing Design Competition

Nov. 2002
New Orleans, Louisana

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