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The South Dakota Public University and Research Center (Community College for Sioux Falls) is a collaboration of the South Dakota Board of Regents and all of the regental universities in the state. The GEAR Center was opened in Spring, 2009 in Sioux Falls to stimulate applied research and commercialization in South Dakota. USD's Biomedical Engineering program and Center for Research & Development of Light-activated Materials (CRDLM) are both housed in the GEAR Center.


The GEAR Center is a collaborative environment where innovative solutions are sought to relevant problems and where entrepreneurism is encouraged.


The cohesive research focus of the GEAR Center creates a critical mass of expertise and resources, and is aligned with state priorities in biomedical and material sciences and biotechnology.

Shifting South Dakota Technologies into High GEAR

  • Encouraging collaborations between researchers at Regental universities, other universities and colleges, government agencies, small businesses and industries with related interests
  • Developing technologies which enable biomedical/biological devices, materials, processes, and services
  • Providing educational and research opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students
  • Training the next wave of the state's high technology workforce