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Grand Valley engineering program receives national recognition

Posted on June 14, 2012

Grand Valley State University recently received national recognition for providing students with real-world experience and serving the growing need for engineers. Grand Valley was named one of 29 institutions in the U.S. as an Exemplar of Real World Engineering Education by the National Academy of Engineering.

Grand Valley was recognized at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, which took place June 10-13. ASEE created a video that describes Grand Valley’s engineering program.

Paul Plotkowski, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, said the 100 percent job placement rate for Grand Valley engineering graduates can be attributed to the growing need for engineers. “Everybody is just really healthy right now and looking for interns,” Plotkowski said. “We have seen huge demand for everything, such as in the manufacturing, aerospace, furniture and automotive sectors in West Michigan and beyond.”

Plotkowski said the recognition demonstrates Grand Valley’s strong partnerships with the community and statewide industries, and that Grand Valley’s engineering education model can be replicated at universities throughout the country.


Paul Plotkowski said the engineering internship and co-op program at Grand Valley is very unique. (audio)

Plotkowski said the need for engineering interns is greater than the number of engineering students at Grand Valley. (audio)

Plotkowski said a diverse group of industries and employers in West Michigan are seeking engineering interns. (audio)

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