Innovation Design Center for Engineering

We need more engineers. Specifically, more Laker engineers.

Grand Valley is the primary talent pipeline for engineers in West Michigan. Community demand has led to a 40% growth rate in Grand Valley’s engineering program over the past few years, and we have outgrown current facilities.

Give today and your name, or the name of someone you designate, will be recognized inside the building.

Building Highlights

The Product Design Studio will support project based and hands-on design education. Focused on the Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs, this space will be used by students in a wide range of courses.

Today’s design process is iterative and includes analysis, idea generation, conceptual design, evaluation, computer modeling, prototyping, and testing. These studios will allow students to move back and forth from tables to computer-aided design environments as they work through the process. They will be used from first-year to graduate level courses.

Our unique educational approach requires that students have the facilities to manufacture their designs and experience the advantages and limitations of those designs by producing them. The Machine Shop will support the workspaces throughout the Innovation Design Center.

New technologies to rapidly produce prototypes of engineering designs are introduced every day. Providing our students with access to these tools greatly enhances the maturity of their designs and gives them a leg up in use of these industry caliber techniques.

The complexity of graduate-level projects, which frequently are proprietary, requires dedicated space with sophisticated and flexible infrastructure.

This room will be an area dedicated to student use to collaborate on projects with their peers, faculty, or industry partners.

Innovation Design Center for Engineering floor plan


  • 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

MASTER/GRADUATE LEVEL                                                            

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

Learn more about these engineering programs.