Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

About Us

Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

 

 Mission Statement

The mission of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and computing to become accomplished professionals; to contribute to our professions through active scholarship in all of its forms; and to support the university and society with expertise, leadership, and service.

To achieve our mission we:

  • Prepare students to compete in today’s global economy by emphasizing experiential learning in a contemporary technical environment
  • Prepare students for the future by emphasizing sound principles
  • Emphasize a strong technical background enhanced by effective communication skills
  • Provide working professionals with the opportunity for continuous professional development
  • Imbue students with a strong sense of “the public good” and their own professional responsibility to the public good
  • Strive to be an example and an inspiration to develop competence, courage, and compassion with unquestioned integrity

The Padnos Legacy

Grand Valley State University has named the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing in honor of Seymour and Esther Padnos to recognize their commitment to creating an environment where students and faculty can reach their full potential in the fields of engineering and computing.  It is the aim of the University to inspire future engineers and computing professionals to live up to the personal and professional ideals of the Padnos family.

Program Information

The college offers undergraduate programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering, interdisciplinary engineering, mechanical engineering, product design and manufacturing engineering, computer science, and information systems.  Masters degree programs are offered in medical and bioinformatics, computer information systems, electrical and computer engineering, product design and manufacturing engineering, manufacturing operations, and mechanical engineering.

The college also provides courses in support of non-engineering and computing students through minor programs in computer science, computer engineering, engineering science, information systems, information technology, and health care information systems, as well as general education and service course offerings.

Specific information on admission, curriculum, and graduation requirements can be found in each program section.

Experiential Learning

The Padnos College is committed to the role of experiential learning in preparing professionals for careers in engineering and computing.  All students completing undergraduate degrees complete the integrated cooperative education program.  All students completing undergraduate degrees in computer science and information systems complete the integrated internship program.

Academic Units

Accreditation

  • The Computer Science Major is accredited under the General Criteria and Computer Science Criteria by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700, http://www.abet.org.
  • The Information Systems Major is accredited under the General Criteria and Information Systems Criteria by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700, http://www.abet.org.
  • The Engineering Major with Electrical Engineering Emphasis is accredited under the General Criteria and Electrical Engineering Criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700, http://www.abet.org.
  • The Engineering Major with Computer Engineering or Interdisciplinary Engineering Emphasis is accredited under the General Criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700, http://www.abet.org.
  • The Engineering Major with Mechanical Engineering Emphasis is accredited under the General Criteria and Mechanical Engineering Criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700, http://www.abet.org.
  • The Engineering Major with Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering Emphasis is accredited under the General Criteria and Manufacturing Engineering Criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700, http://www.abet.org.

Secondary Admission for Undergraduates

The computer science, engineering, and information systems programs all require secondary admission as described in their specific Academic Program information.

Graduate Admission

See appropriate Academic Program description for information on graduate admission.

Student Services

The Student Services Coordinators work with the School of Engineering and School of Computing and Information Systems to provide effective advising services for prospective and current students.  In addition, outside constituents are reached through outreach activities hosted on and off campus.  These activities focus on explaining the various fields of engineering and computing.  Other services include supporting student societies and coordination of the college newsletter.  Visit Padnos College Student Services by clicking here.

Professional Society Student Chapters

  • ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
  • NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers
  • SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
  • SME - Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • SWE - Society of Women Engineers

Honor Societies

  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honors Society
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon Int’l Honor Society for Computing & Information Disciplines

Scholarships

  • Joseph E. Appelt, P.E. Engineering Scholarship
  • Robert Bosch Fuel Systems Engineering Scholarship
  • Scott M. Dykstra/Oliver Products Company Engineering Scholarship
  • FIRST Robotics Engineering Scholarship
  • GeneralDynamics LandSystems Engineering Scholarships
  • Fred M. and Bernedine Keller Engineering Diversity Scholarship
  • Kirkhof Engineering Scholarship
  • Seymour and Esther Padnos Engineering Scholarship
  • Lt. James W. Parmelee Memorial Scholarship
  • Price-Heneveld Engineering Scholarship
  • Progressive A & E Engineering Scholarship
  • GVSU/Padnos/MSPE Engineering Scholarship
  • GVSU/Padnos/SAE Engineering Scholarship
  • The Joseph Spruit Engineering Scholarship
  • Whitney Young Outreach Engineering Scholarship
  • School of Computing & Information Systems Freshman Scholarship
  • School of Computing & Information Systems Study Abroad Scholarship
  • School of Computing and Information Systems Academic Scholarship

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants work with appropriate school faculty and staff.  Qualified full time candidates are selected on the basis of aptitude, interest, and background.  Graduate assistant positions are available to assist in the Padnos College with research, writing, data collection and analysis, and student services.

Graduate Assistantships are typically available in support of the following areas:

  • Medical and BioInformatics
  • All Engineering Disciplines
  • FIRST Robotics
  • K-12 Outreach

School of Engineering Advisory Board and School of Computing & Information Systems Advisory Board

The Advisory Boards of each school, composed of the dean and many leaders from local, national, and international companies, serve to create and sustain an active partnership between the schools and industry.  The boards advise the schools on goals, curriculum, and other matters that strengthen the student experience, the schools and college, and the industry and public communities.

Page last modified March 7, 2014