New Product Development Center
Who We Are
The Oklahoma State University New Product Development Center (NPDC) is an engineering extension unit in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology that offers a broad array of research, development, and engineering services to inventors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers.
Traditionally, we have served as the connection between the university and industry in terms of engineering support and new product development. We incorporate a collaborative approach that combines university faculty, our engineering staff, undergraduate students, and industry partners to accomplish projects that result in new product launches, job creation or retention, and increases in innovation capacity. Ultimately, these results have an economic impact on Oklahoma communities and affect human and social capital in those locations.
The NPDC partners with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), Cowboy Technologies, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, i2E, Inc., University of Oklahoma iHub, and Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).
The NPDC was created in 2003 by faculty from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Faculty members Dr. Bill Barfield (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering emeriti professor and former head) and Dr. L.L. Hoberock (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, emeriti professor and former head) had a vision to create an engineering extension center that could assist rural Oklahoma companies with their manufacturing, product development, and processes. They also believed in collaboration between small Oklahoma companies and university-based research teams, and a hands-on learning component for undergraduate and graduate students. In 2005, a marketing and client communications program was added utilizing agricultural communications interns. The NPDC also implemented business analysis services to complement the product development process and guide the marketing communications campaigns created for companies.
The NPDC expanded its target market to individual inventors in 2011 when it inherited the Inventor’s Assistance Service program from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. This introduction has led to a strong partnership and the NPDC is part of OCAST’s Oklahoma Innovation Model.
Today, the NPDC has locations in Stillwater and Tulsa and provides services not only to Oklahoma but also nationwide. The NPDC offers a team of professional design engineers and undergraduate engineering students and connections to university faculty and resources. The NPDC team includes director Dr. Robert Taylor, P.E.; assistant director Jessica Stewart; program specialist Brenna Long; senior design engineer Jennifer Vinyard; and design engineer Jodi Prouty in Stillwater. The Tulsa NPDC team includes design engineer Sean Freeman and design engineer Evan Pratt.
Services We Provide
- Reverse Engineering
- 3D Printing
- Proof of Concept Prototype Development
- Working Prototype Development
- 3D Modeling
- Manufacturing Drawing
- Technical Research
- Grant Proposal Writing/Editing/Technical Assistance
- Mechanical Design
- Testing to Standards and Specifications
- Access to Helmerich Research Center Specialized Testing Equipment
- Inventor Services From Concept to Prototype
Our services are targeted primarily toward small and medium sized manufacturers and inventors who do not have the capabilities in-house to accomplish their product development or improvement needs.
Other targeted audiences include companies who need gap engineering services - that is, companies who have engineering teams but would like the NPDC to complete smaller side projects so as to relieve their in-house staff.