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


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.

Assistant Dean Rachel Salinas

Rachel Salinas, M.A.

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

As a Grand Valley State University alum, Rachel is thrilled to join the team at the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. She received her BS in Psychology from GVSU in 2010 and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University in 2013. Her graduate research focused on the effects of inequality framing on academic engagement, persistence, and racial attitudes among US college students. Prior to joining the PCEC team, Rachel served as the Executive Director of International Admissions at Indiana University Bloomington where she supported university-wide international admissions operations and recruitment. She represented the institution to international high school counselors, parents, and students in 30+ countries and was a fierce advocate for refugee and asylee students.

Rachel is happiest when she’s on a walk with her husband, two young children and the family dog, Stella. She loves to cook with her kids, travel, read, and attempt to play guitar. Rachel is passionate about supporting students during their educational journey and looks forward to working with PCEC students!

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