Redefining the Classroom

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