EDA University CenterMcNeese University Center for Economic Development and Innovation:
McNeese State University became a partner with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center in August of 2013 (see news release). McNeese's vision to play an active leadership role in the civic and economic renaissance likely to transform Southwest Louisiana over the next five years through promoting a culture of innovation aligns with EDA’s University Center program values of leveraging university assets to build a collaborative regional innovation ecosystem and support economically underserved communities. The McNeese University Center for Economic Development and Innovation is partnering with the Institute for Industry Education Collaboration, the Louisiana Environmental Research Center, the Innovation Center, and other entities to successfully create a culture of innovation. McNeese is working with the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, the City of Lake Charles, and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to become a regional innovation hub for upcoming growth, development, industrial activity, and infrastructure expansion.
Office of Economic Development
The McNeese State University Office of Economic Development's (OED) mission is to promote educational collaboration with business and industry and foster economic development and innovation in Southwest Louisiana and the state.
OED's goal is to work with businesses, industries, state agencies, and the community to identify and facilitate opportunity to leverage the resources and expertise within the University.
The University contributes to economic development through creating an educated workforce, leading innovation efforts, offering professional development and customized workforce development programs, conducting applied research to solve local problems, cultivating a regional innovation ecosystem, fostering student business incubation, and facilitating regional growth and prosperity.
The McNeese Innovation Center is proud to announce the addition of new, cutting-edge technology. A 3D printer, 3D scanner, and 3D milling machine are now available to students, faculty, and local business and industry in Southwest Louisiana to aid in prototyping new products. 3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing in which layers of plastics are built up to form a 3D object. 3D scanning is a process where a laser is pointed at an object and a camera records the location of the laser to build a 3D model. This model can be manipulated and printed or milled. 3D milling is a form of subtractive manufacturing in which layers of material are removed from a block of raw material using a cutting tool.
If you are interested in prototyping, please contact the EDA University Center for Economic Development for rates. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Note: The 3D printer and 3D milling machine require a computer-generated STL file. You must have this file already created in order to create a prototype.
Contact: Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, Executive Director
Office: SEED Center 160