School of Engineering

Chris Plouff, Ed.D., P.E.

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Title: Interim Director, James R. Sebastian Chair of Cooperative Education and Education Development and Associate Professor

Field of Study: Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering

Office: 136 Kennedy Hall of Engineering

Phone: 616-331-6750



  1. Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis
  2. Prep Co - op
  3. Professional content in Co - op (Ethics, Technical Communication, Engineering Economics, and Project Management)


Chris Plouff, Ed.D, P.E., is the Interim Director of the School of Engineering and the James R. Sebastian Chair of Engineering Cooperative Education and Educational Development at Grand Valley State University.

As the Sebastian Chair, Dr. Plouff is focused on development of quality engineering education practices, primarily within the first two years of the academic programs and through the cooperative education program.

He oversees the operations of the School of Engineering, including course scheduling, budget, coordination of assessment efforts, and the mandatory cooperative education program.


Doctor of Education (EdD), Eastern Michigan University, 2006.

Major: Educational Leadership

Master of Science (MS, MSc), Michigan Technological University, 1994.

Major: Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science (BS, BSc), Michigan Technological University, 1992.

Major: Environmental Engineering


Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapters

Plouff, C. J., & Barott, J. E. (2012). Chapter 14: A Socialization Model for Entry of Engineering Students into the Workplace through a Co-op Program. In Julie Furst-Bowe, Fernando Padro and Cindy Veenstra (Ed.), Advancing the STEM Agenda: Quality Improvement Supports STEM. (pp. 205-218). Milwaukee, WI: ASQ Quality Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

Plouff, C. J. (2011). Developing Effective Entry and Socialization Programs to Improve Retention of STEM Students. 2011 ASQ Higher Education Brief.

Conference Proceedings


Plouff, C.J., & Barakat, N. (2014). A Model for Engineering Ethics Education Leveraging Workplace Experiences through a Co-op Program. Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Plouff, C.J., Pung, C.P., & Jack, H. (2014). Using the Four Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering Model to Assess Curricular Content for Accreditation Purposes. Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Barakat, N., & Plouff, C.J. (2014). A Model for On-Line Education of ABET-required Professional Aspects of Engineering. Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON). Istanbul, Turkey.

Plouff, C. J. (2013). Cooperative Education as the Catalyst for Effective and Efficient Assessment of ABET Student Learning Outcomes for an Engineering Program. Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Plouff, C. J., Stephenson, P., & Choudhuri, S. A. (2013). Improvement in Teaching Quality Concepts to Engineers: Measurement, Data Analysis, Experiments and Modeling. Proceedings of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference. Grand Rapids, MI.

Plouff, C. J., & Barakat, N. (2012). Infusion of ABET–specified Professional and Academic Content into Off-campus Work Experiences via Distance Learning Modules. Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Seattle, WA.

Plouff, C. J., Barakat, N., & Edwards, J. (2012). Integration of Professional Skills and Academic Content during Co-op Semesters via Distance Learning Modules: Review of Results from a Pilot Study. Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE-Conference for Industry & Education Collaboration. Orlando, FL:

Plouff, C. J. (2011). Entry of Undergraduate Engineering Students into Work-related Organizations and Occupational Roles through a Co-op Program. Proceedings of the 2011 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda 1st Annual Conference. Stout, WI.

Plouff, C. J., & Morrow, D. E. (2011). Embedding lifelong learning skills into a first-year engineering course through introduction of an independent research project and information literacy skills. Proceedings of 2011 ASEE Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Plotkowski, P., & Plouff, C. J. (2011). Effective Use of Co-op Evaluations and Feedback for Program Assessment and New Co-op Student Preparation. Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE-Conference for Industry & Education Collaboration. San Antonio, TX.

Tao, Y., & Plouff, C. J. (2010). An Opportunistic Approach for Learning Web Programming. Proceedings of 2010 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Washington, DC.

Farris, J., Barakat, N., Pung, C. P., Choudhuri, S. A., & Plouff, C. J. (2009). Incorporating Product Design, Development and Innovation into the Manufacturing Curriculum. Proceedings of the 2009 SME Manufacturing Education Transformation Summit. Austin, TX.

Plotkowski, P., & Plouff, C. J. (2004). Integrated Co-op as the Catalyst for an Industry-Partnered Engineering School. Proceedings of the 2004 ASEE-Conference for Industry & Education Collaboration.

Plotkowski, P., Ray, J., Larson, H., & Plouff, C. J. (2004). Evolution & Advantages of an Industry Partnered Engineering College. Proceedings of the 2004 National Conference on Integrating Practice into Engineering Education. Dearborn, MI.

Other Written Contributions

Plouff, C.J. (2010-present). New Course Development: EGR 290, EGR 390, EGR 490. Online Academic Modules in Engineering Economics, Project Management and Professional Communication.

Plouff, C. J. (2010-present). New Course Development: EGR 220. Lab Support Materials related to Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis.

Plouff, C. J. (2011). GVSU 30 Day Response to Draft Statement from ABET. (pp. 260 pages).

Plouff, C. J. (2010). ABET Self Study Report for 5 Engineering Programs. 400 pages each (approximately) for each of 5 reports.

Plouff, C. J. (2006). Socialization of undergraduate engineering students into work-related organizations and occupational roles through a cooperative education program.


As an Associate Professor, his research interests include effective assessment of engineering education, cooperative education, transition to and from the engineering educational environment, and first-year engineering program development.