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The Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems

The Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems offers back-end packaging solutions for companies who manufacture sensors and other silicon-fabbed devices.  It was founded on the simple premise that providing solutions to industrial problems of the 21st century is the best path forward for economic development in our region and for securing a successful future for our students. 


The Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems provides cost-effective technical, facility, and equipment resources to startups, multinational organizations, industry / academic researchers and federal agencies that are developing MEMS-based sensor products. Located on the main campus of Lorain County Community College, the Desich SMART Center is a world-class MEMS development foundry with cleanroom facilities providing microelectronic packaging, assembly, and test capabilities. The center works with client companies and partners in Ohio and across the United States who focus on "human interface" sensor technologies in markets such as industrial controls, health monitoring, and clinical systems. The Desich SMART Center provides access to capital-intensive resources such as cleanroom facilities and semiconductor packaging equipment to allow clients to reduce the cost of product research and pre-production development.


About Richard Desich:  Richard Desich is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Equity Trust, a national leader in self-directed IRAs and Investing that manages over $25 billion in client assets. Mr. Desich has been involved in the securities industry for over 35 years. He is nationally recognized as a pre-eminent authority on commercial and residential real estate, and oil and gas investing as well as on non-traditional investing in IRAs and qualified plans.  In addition to these accomplishments, he founded the Retirement Education Group, is a serial entrepreneur, renowned national speaker, philanthropist and community leader.


Mr. Desich is a Lorain native and a long-term supporter of Lorain County Community College.  He served Lorain County Community College for 34 years as a Trustee during which time he helped the College grow its important role in the regional economy and prepare Lorain County for the jobs of the future.  His leadership and business acumen, philanthropic spirit, and focus on partnerships have forever changed the landscape of Lorain County Community College and the community it serves.


Everything I have ever tried to help with at this college has been a partnership: A partnership with the state, a partnership with the college, a partnership with private industry. With partnerships, things can happen.” – Richard Desich


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