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FORUM Vol. 41, No. 9; October 24, 2016


Agreement addresses need for more engineers

Presidents from Grand Valley and Cornerstone University signed a partnership agreement that will allow students to concurrently enroll at both universities. 

Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas and Cornerstone University President Joseph Stowell

Photo by Bernadine Carey-Tucker 

Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas, left, and Cornerstone University President Joseph Stowell sign an agreement that expands engineering programs at the two institutions.

The agreement will allow Grand Valley to expand its engineering program and create four new emphasis areas under its interdisciplinary engineering major. Cornerstone intends to offer engineering degrees for the first time. 

President Thomas J. Haas and Cornerstone President Joseph Stowell signed the agreement October 19.

Paul Plotkowski, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, said the agreement addresses the need for more engineers in Michigan. 

“There is a shortage of engineering graduates in the state and West Michigan in particular,” Plotkowski said. “We are very pleased to work closely with Cornerstone on this agreement to provide resources and support for future engineers at both universities.” 

Shawn Newhouse, vice president for Traditional Undergraduate Academics at Cornerstone, said: “We are delighted to be working with Grand Valley to provide our students with market-sensitive academic programs that t the traditional job industries as well as those that are quickly expanding.”

Courses for the four emphasis areas (environmental engineering, design and innovation engineering, engineering management, data science and engineering) of the interdisciplinary engineering major at Grand Valley will be taught at both Cornerstone and Grand Valley.

Students from Cornerstone will complete engineering fundamental courses at Grand Valley.