Applied Research & Development Support

The Padnos College of Engineering & Computing supports industry applied research and development through partnership with GVSU faculty experts, students, and access to state-of-the art facilities.


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The Applied Computing Institute (ACI) is the GVSU School of Computing and Information System’s platform for providing experiential learning opportunities for our faculty and students and collaboration opportunities for our industry partners. Companies can enlist support in solving computing problems by sponsoring a semester-long senior project or a multi-semester Applied Computing Services Laboratory project.

The Applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) provides a full range of services, including but not limited to: developing analytical and physical models; rapid prototyping and fabricating systems; comprehensive testing for technical feasibility; and incubator space. aMDI addresses business and market viability issue in collaboration with other entrepreneurial, regulatory, investment, and business architecture entities.  Commercialization is facilitated at aMDI by connecting to the region's existing commercialization and financing organizations. In addition to the physicians, nurses, and clinicians, aMDI serves small companies as a contract “R&D department” and large companies by providing responsive intellectual capacity to meet the demands of unforeseen business cycles or emerging technologies. 

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 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.

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Center (EMC) supports EMC education, research, and EMC pre-compliance testing for industry.  The center employs co-op students through a unique industry collaboration with an onsite EMC pre-compliance testing company. Inside this 6,000 square-foot facility there are seven EMC test chambers for radiated and conducted emissions, radiated and conducted immunity, and electrostatic discharge testing.  The center provides support for university electromagnetic compatibility courses at undergraduate and graduate level as well as EMC certificate courses for industry.