LCCC breaks ground on technology center

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LCCC breaks ground on technology center

Chronicle Telegram – There were no ceremonial shovels or politicians turning over scoops of dirt Friday when Lorain County Community College broke ground Friday on the new Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems.

College President Roy Church instead stood at a podium while a bulldozer moved the first mounds of dirt.

“If you want to be bold, you take bold steps,” Church said as a crowd of more than 300 applauded.

The area where the SMART Center will be built may be just a wooded field now, but when the center opens, slated for 2013, it will be a three-story, 46,270-square-foot facility where companies will make great strides in sensor technology. The facility will serve to bridge the gap between research and discovery on the collegiate level and commercialization in the marketplace.

Sensors are already used in a lot of different ways, from devices implanted in the body for monitoring blood pressure to tiny computers inside automobiles that gauge speed and tire pressure.

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