Director's Welcome

Dr. Plouff

Christopher Plouff

Office Address: 136 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-6750

Welcome to the School of Engineering at Grand Valley State University!

We provide a unique approach to engineering education – one that is rooted in engineering theory with strong focus on application of knowledge and skills. The School was founded to meet the increasing demand for engineering talent in West Michigan, and has grown to become a nationally recognized model for ‘real world engineering education’ while being ranked one of the top engineering programs in the Midwest. We offer ABET-accredited undergraduate degree programs in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering. We also offer master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Mechanical Engineering, and Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering.

All of our programs feature hands-on approaches to learning the dynamic discipline of engineering. All undergraduate majors participate in a three-semester co-op program where the student gains a year of full-time, paid experience in industry. Almost two-thirds of our courses have laboratory components, and many include industry-sponsored projects. The bachelor’s degree programs culminate in interdisciplinary team-based projects, which are again, predominantly industry-sponsored. Our graduate programs are flexible and designed to deepen your expertise, offering opportunities for both the working professional, and the student seeking a more traditional, full-time research-based experience.

Perhaps the hallmark of the School of Engineering is our highest priority of excellent teaching and student learning. Our outstanding faculty and staff have a singular focus on providing the best classroom, laboratory and project-based learning opportunities to prepare our students to take on the challenges of today’s ever changing, global, technical environments. Much of this takes place in our state-of-the-art facilities in the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering and the Keller Engineering Laboratories, located in downtown Grand Rapids. Our students are heavily involved outside of the classroom and workplace as well, including study/work abroad, entrepreneurship initiatives, community-based projects, student clubs and organizations, and research.

If the School of Engineering at GVSU is new to you, I welcome the opportunity to share with you more about who we are and where we are going. We are enjoying record growth, and I hope that you will be a part of our exciting future.

Best regards,

Chris Plouff

Interim Director