Dean Paul Plotkowski

Paul D. Plotkowski, Ph.D.

Dean, Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

  • Office Address: 332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
  • Phone: (616) 331-6260
  • Email: [email protected]


Ph.D. Systems Engineering, Oakland University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University

ASME Region V Vice President 1998-2003
Region V Regional Operating Board Member 1990-present
ASME ABET Visitor for Mechanical Engineering Program
ASME ABET Visitor for Interdisciplinary Engineering Program
SME ABET Visitor for Manufacturing Engineering Programs

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Tim Born

Timothy L. Born, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
Associate Professor

  • Office Address: 332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
  • Phone: (616) 331-8643
  • Email: [email protected]


Tim is excited to be part of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing advising team. He received his BS in Biochemistry from Calvin College in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School in 1996.  He joined the Chemistry faculty at George Mason University in 2000, after spending four years as a post-doc at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  In 2013 he moved back to Grand Rapids and joined GVSU. His research interests include the development of novel antibiotics and the effect of post-translational modifications on enzyme activity and function.  But he mostly enjoys working with students and setting them on a path to their degree.

Tim spends most of his spare time chasing (and picking up after) his three small children. He also tries his best to avoid yard work and has been known to go out for the occasional jog. He recently started biking and is looking forward to his first 100-mile ride. He’s a fan of the Washington Nationals and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

Casey Thelenwood

Casey L. Thelenwood, MBA, M.Ed., CRA

Assistant Dean, Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

  • Office Address: 332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
  • Phone: (616) 331-6511
  • Email: [email protected]


Casey joined the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing after almost 10 years of previous employment at GVSU in the College of Education and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Her professional experience includes grants and contracts management; educational partnerships and community engagement; student engagement, support, and retention; alumni and industry relations; strategic planning and accreditation; federal, state, and university reporting; marketing, communications, and social media management; curriculum and articulation development; as well as database and website management. Casey received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and both her MBA and M.Ed. from Grand Valley State University. She is a Certified Research Administrator through the Research Administrators Certification Council.

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