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:
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.
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.
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.
Secondary Admission for Undergraduates
The computer science, engineering, and information systems programs all require secondary admission as described in their specific Academic Program information.
See appropriate Academic Program description for information on graduate admission.
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
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:
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.