School of Engineering

Engineering Events

Welcome New Director of the School of Engineering, Dr. Joe Ianelli.

Dr. Joe Ianelli began work as the new Director of the School of Engineering on July 1st, 2011.

"Dear Friends of GVSU’s School of Engineering,

What a pleasure it is to have joined our school, I feel humbled, yet delighted and excited to be serving as the new director. I am grateful to my Dean and all of my colleagues in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing for having invited me into our college. I have already learned that our programs are amazing, resonant to our constituencies’ needs, rewarding for our professors, and engaging for our students.

As other universities that have existed for longer than GVSU are beginning to incorporate hands-on industry-focused components in their programs, our University and School have been way ahead of the curve, as it were. For years, our state-of-the art laboratories, hands-on projects, and signature co-operative engineering programs have been in full force, providing graduates a laboratory-rich real-world engineering education that consistently leads to a near 100% job placement rate. [...]"



Seniors Prepare For Design Conference



The senior project prepares students to be leaders and innovators. To complete the project, interdisciplinary teams of students solve real-world engineering design problems sponsored by participating industries and other organizations. The projects take two semesters to complete; at the end the companies who participate have an actual working product. The costs for the sponsoring industries are materials and a small project fee — the students are not paid for their work, but instead gain college credit and valuable work experience. The years design conference is August 5, 2011.

2011 ASME Conference


From March 25  to March 27, ME student section at GVSU organized and hosted the Annual ASME SPDC conference for district B.  Our region (district B) contains all the schools in Ontario, MI, OH, West PA, and WV.  This conference was unique because it combined the senior section leaders conference (LC) and the Student Leadership Seminar (SLS).

Read more about the ASME conference here.

Attention junior and senior EGR students: Click here for information on a paid summer research opportunity.

Attention faculty members who may be interested in a Michigan Space Grant for themselves or their students. Click here for additional information.

The Georgia Institute of Technology invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Women in Engineering Program.   WIE is a College of Engineering initiative with the mission of recruiting, retaining, supporting, and inspiring women engineering students to achieve their fullest potential as engineers and as leaders by collaborating and partnering with the women engineering faculty, related campus programs, and industry partners.

Engineering students to mentor high school students at FIRST Robotics Invitational

Students can SPARKLE at Fieldhouse.


Students, faculty and staff members can now spin their own useable, electric energy by using the SPARKLE bike at the Fieldhouse. Read more on GVNow.

Engineering housing work honored

Green House on Watson

House on Watson

"A collaboration between Grand Valley State University's School of Engineering and Westown Jubilee Housing that helps create energy efficient housing for low-income families won the 2009 Carter Partnership Award for outstanding campus-community partnerships. This campus-community partnership was recognized June 18, during the annual Governor's Service Awards at the governor's Lansing residence."

Click here to read more on the Green House on Watson.

MAREC Energy Monitor Sending Out Data

Celebrating completion of the MAREC Energy Monitor data integration project were (back) Andy Barker, Jon Geerlings, Randy Schoenhals, and (front) Arnold (Arn) Boezaart and David (DJ) Potter.

Three seniors of Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, Andy Barker, Jon Geerlings, and Randy Schoenhal, worked closely with faculty advisor Dr. Samhita Rhodes and Tech Support David (D.J.) Potter on an energy monitoring project at the MAREC in Muskegon. They "overcame complex technical problems to integrate and archive the live data from energy system and then designed a compatible website to make the data widely accessible"

Supplying Local Industry

Mill Steel President Andrew Samrick, right, presents GVSU President Thomas J. Haas with a Supplier of the Year award.

President Haas Recieves Award

Each year Mill Steel of Grand Rapids recognizes one steel supplier and one non-steel supplier as suppliers of the year for their company. In an unusual move, in 2007 the company has selected Grand Valley State University as its non-steel supplier of the year thanks to the talented students and alumni it has recruited.


Over the past three years, Mill Steel has brought in Grand Valley interns and hired graduates. The company has also worked with faculty to develop major class projects in marketing and engineering and holds an annual job fair for GVSU students. The award is unprecedented by Mill Steel and to their knowledge unprecedented in the industry. The relationship between Grand Valley and Mill Steel was the subject of a Wall Street Journal feature story in June.

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Students win robotics competition

Students in Grand Valley State University's Padnos College of Engineering and Computing won first-place in a robotics competition in Connecticut.


"A group of students from a Grand Valley product innovation and manufacturing class traveled to Hartford, Conn. to participate in the Trinity College International RoboWaiter competition. The team — comprised of first-year students — won first place against students of all levels by successfully completing all three trials much faster than the nearest competitor.

The six students who traveled to the competition were Tyler Dickinson of White Cloud, Troy Roersma of Byron Center, Kyler Kamyszek of Grand Rapids, Lauren Leemhuis of Rochester Hills, Jacob Braun of Ionia, and Matthew Steffes of Hopkins. The students who helped build the robot but who did not travel to Connecticut were Kurt O'Hearn of Grand Rapids, Brad Diekema of Zeeland, Josh Stevenson of Byron Center and Sam Kreuze of Rockford. The course was taught by professors Andrew Sterian and Chris Pung.


The team also showed off its technical communication skills by winning first place in the poster competition for the RoboWaiter division."


Click here to read more about the Robotics Competition at Trinity College.


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