Innovation Design Center for Engineering

Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Grand Valley is West Michigan’s best engineering resource. We’ve built something exceptional, bringing together college, companies, and community.

Work-Ready Graduates
There are engineers, and then there are Laker engineers. Our nationally recognized curriculum is industry-inspired, project-based, and requires three semesters of mandatory co-operative, on-site learning.  As a result, Laker engineers are in high demand with 100% of them employed upon graduation.

Industry-Inspired Solutions
Since its inception, we have embraced collaboration with local industry. Our industry partners provide us with inspiration, insight, projects, volunteers, and even instructors. We have provided them with completed projects that solve real-world problems, and graduates who enter the workplace well-equipped to help their employers thrive.

Future-Focused Outreach
Together with our industry partners, we are inspiring tomorrow’s engineers with our K-12 STEM outreach programs. In our region, only Grand Valley brings so many generations and disciplines together to ignite excitement in future engineers and scientists through programs like Science Olympiad, FIRST Robotics, and Science Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp.


  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering
    • Biomedical
    • Environmental
    • Design and Innovation
    • Renewable Energy
    • Engineering Management
    • Data Sciences Engineering
    • Mechatronics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering


  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering

The strength of our engineering program is vital to the university and to West Michigan. However, as the program has grown in size and complexity, so have its needs. The resources and space available for our students simply must keep pace.

Enrollment Growth
In the past decade, enrollment in engineering at Grand Valley has more than doubled, and nearly a 10% annual growth rate is expected to continue. Current capacity cannot accommodate this intense growth rate.

Hands-On Experience Requires Space
Laker engineers begin projects as freshmen and continue each year, culminating in their senior capstone projects. This includes co-op and capstone projects with 300 industry partners. Current square footage is not enough to accommodate our unique hands-on curriculum. Additionally, two-thirds of engineering courses have laboratory components.

Engineering is Evolving
As the materials, processes, and purpose of engineering continue to shift and expand, our support for them must do the same. To meet industry demand for a world-class engineering curriculum and to prepare the next generation of professionals across a range of industries, we cannot stand still. We need to ensure we have space that is flexible and adaptable as the engineering field evolves into the future.

Our goal is to reach $2 million for the Innovation Design Center. Please join us.

The new center will provide West Michigan with a hub for Grand Valley’s engineering programs. The 63,000-square-foot facility and its 2.7-acre campus will serve not only as a vital resource for students, but as a catalyst for innovative partnerships between the college, companies, and community.

The Innovation Design Center will:

• Provide expanded, flexible project space for our current students.

• Benefit our industry partners with better-equipped student projects and usable spaces like the DTE Energy Foundation Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Lab for pre-compliance testing.

• Provide expanded, dedicated space to bring multiple schools together for K-12 STEM projects, which is currently not available anywhere in West Michigan.

Engineering Main Floor Plan

Main Floor

Engineering Mezzanine Floor Plan


Page last modified August 14, 2018