Welcome to the Shape Corp. Innovation Design Center

The Shape Corp. Innovation Design Center for Engineering is part of Grand Valley State University's Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.  The 63,000 square foot facility and its 2.7-acre campus not only serves as a vital resource for students, but as a catalyst for innovative partnerships between the college, companies, and community.  This facility provides expanded flexible project space for our students, dedicated space to bring multiple schools together for K-12 STEM projects, and benefits our industry partners with better equipped student projects and usable spaces. 

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Harris and Verplank families honored by Grand Valley University Foundation

Each family received the Enrichment Award, an honor that recognizes significant contributions to Grand Valley through philanthropy and community service.

Jun 5, 2024

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Born named interim dean of Padnos College of Engineering

Tim Born arrived at Grand Valley in 2013. He will serve as interim dean effective June 1, when founding dean Paul Plotkowski retires.

May 14, 2024

Delegates take a tour of the Shape Corp. Innovation Design Center

GVSU hosts Americas Competitiveness Exchange delegation

Grand Valley hosted the Americas Competitiveness Exchange, a delegation of economic development leaders from around the globe on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus Wednesday.

May 8, 2024

Wendy Reffeor and Paul Plotkowski at Plotkowski's retirement party.

Engineering professor thrives, first as student, under retiring dean's support, mentorship

When Reffeor called him asking if there was anywhere she could teach with a Ph.D., Plotkowski invited her to visit him at Grand Valley.

May 7, 2024

Two graduates react with joy after receiving their diplomas.

GVSU in photos, April 2024: Celebrating Lakers for a Lifetime

See the images that caught our eye in the last month.

May 1, 2024

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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.

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