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The Design, Optimization, Evaluation, and Redesign (DOER) Center was founded in 2006 to draw upon the diverse knowledge of the School of Engineering to benefit local industry and to foster engagement in the community. The DOER Center matches industry partners with expert faculty and students in short- to medium-term contracts in the furtherance of the School of Engineering’s educational mission.
The DOER Center serves as an industry consulting service for the School of Engineering at GVSU. It is distinct from the School of Engineering’s co-op program, which places undergraduate engineering students in companies, and the senior-project, which engages 3 to 6 engineering seniors in a two-semester industry-sponsored capstone project. This service provides an avenue to directly engage expert faculty and students in projects of varying length, schedule, budget, and level of effort.
Some of the services the DOER Center can provide are:
The DOER Center matches clients with a team of faculty and students who apply their knowledge to solve advanced industrial problems. Students involved in the DOER center gain experience in product development and applied research while clients enjoy top-quality, highly supervised support at a negotiated low university rate. In addition to helping prepare the next generation of engineers by providing real-world learning experiences, your business will enjoy valuable and tangible benefits, including:
Every DOER team is led by one of our credentialed and experienced faculty members who takes the time to understand your company and its needs. They will take the time to plan and execute the best possible solutions to your needs.
By collaborating with GVSU, you gain the additional resources of nearly 85,000 square feet of project space in the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Fred M. Keller Engineering Laboratories, with state-of-the-art labs including a machine shop with CNC mills and lathes, welding capabilities, rapid prototyping, electronic prototyping, a semiconductor clean room.
Advanced Medical Device Institute: The applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) serves the med device community as a means to cross the ‘development valley-of-death’, by providing access to researchers, engineers, medical professionals, business and entrepreneurial expertise within an integrated process that includes technical, intellectual property, business review and mentoring.
EMC Center: GVSU's EMC Center provides pre-compliance testing, design reviews for schematic and PCB layout, electronic diagnostic support, and EMC test plan development. It is located at 609 Watson Street in Grand Rapids, just west of GVSU's Kennedy Hall of Engineering. This 4,000 square-foot facility includes a seminar room and the EMC pre-compliance lab.
SCIP: The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) is funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and accelerates collaboration between Michigan companies with less than 500 employees and the 15 public universities include GVSU. Companies can access university resources including faculty expertise, laboratory equipment, testing facilities, prototyping services, and more to further technology commercialization efforts. Qualified projects receive up to $40,000 in matching funds and university indirect charges are waived.