A focus on meeting the needs of both students and industry has fueled the growth of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. Here, students are provided with advanced engineering skills and hands-on, industry-based learning experiences that at other universities, are often reserved for graduate students. We continue to attract top students in mechanical, product design and manufacturing, and electrical and computer engineering programs. We see growing student interest in newer fields of study, including nanotechnology, fiber optics, electromagnetics, and biomedical engineering.
Grand Valley has purchased space to expand facilities for our engineering programs. With continued donor support, the college can renovate this space to meet projected annual enrollment increases of 10%, and keep pace with the expanding opportunities for private-public partnerships within our community.
Donor support can add much needed student-focused classroom space, as well as flexible, high-tech facilities for student projects and innovation activities that have become the focus of the engineering curriculum. This has a direct benefit to both the students and our community. Students, often working in teams, need a great deal of space and access to specialized equipment to work on their projects. These projects, in turn, provide real-world experience and solve problems for corporate partners.
Expanded space will help Grand Valley meet current and future student demand for its world-class engineering curriculum while preparing the next generation of professionals for industry in West Michigan and throughout the state.