Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

Welcome to the Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing video page! On this page you can find overviews of the School of Computing & Information Systems and School of Engineering, along with award and program videos. Also, be sure to check out the bottom of the page to see some exciting extra footage about and around GVSU.

College Recognition

  • School of Computing and Information Systems named #3 Best College for the Money in the U.S. (by College Factual)
  • School of Engineering featured for best practices in student retention and success (American Society for Engineering Education)
  • School of Engineering named as an “Exemplar of Real World Engineering Education (National Academy of Engineering)
  • School of Engineering ranked 46th for “Best in Undergraduate Engineering” programs (U.S. News & World Report)
  • SME announced Grand Valley State University as one of its inaugural institutional members, January 2017
  • Engineering students took 1st place in two innovation competitions in 2014
  • Engineering students took 1st place in Undergraduate and Graduate categories during the 2015 Green Light Michigan Innovation Competition
  • Professional Science Master’s Program named #19 of Top 25 Master’s in Healthcare Informatics Degrees as ranked by Affordability 2014

Student Recognition

Computer Engineering student, Joe Gibson, awarded the Cooperative Education Student of the Year award at the American Society of Engineering Education’s Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CEED) annual award ceremony (February, 2015).

Engineering students Eric VanMiddendorp and Mark Harburg took first and third place at the GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition, the conclusion of the statewide startup event series where participants pitch new business ideas to a panel of judges. VanMiddendorp and Harburg won $25,000 and $7,000 respectively (April, 2015).

The Institute for Safety and Health Management named OSH alumna Stephanie Walsh as the Safety Management Professional of the Year (October, 2015).

Engineering students Kathryn Christopher and Leah Bauer chosen to be fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (November, 2014)

School of Computing & Information Systems

The School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley State Information offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. One of the strengths of the computing programs at GVSU is flexibility. We offer majors in computer science and information systems. All programs share faculty, courses, and laboratory resources. Also, by choosing electives and minors in related subject areas, students can further tailor their degrees to fit their individual needs and career goals.

School of Engineering

30th Anniversary of Engineering Co-op

James R. Sebastian, founder of Rapistan and leader of the engineering education movement, was dedicated to cooperative education and ensuring that while students were learning in the classroom, they were also learning with someone in the profession.

From the beginning, the program has been a collaborative effort between engineers in industry and the faculty to create a robust engineering curriculum. The partnership continues today, with every student participating in one year of full time co-op experience and an industry-based senior capstone project.

The School of Engineering received national recognition for providing students with real-world experience and serving the growing need for engineers. Grand Valley was named one of 29 institutions in the U.S. as an Exemplar of Real World Engineering Education by the National Academy of Engineering. 

The School of Engineering was recognized at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, which took place June 10-13. ASEE created a video that describes Grand Valley’s engineering program.

The School of Engineering offers undergraduate programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering, interdisciplinary engineering, mechanical engineering, and product design and manufacturing engineering. Masters degree programs are offered in medical and bioinformatics, electrical and computer engineering, product design and manufacturing engineering, manufacturing operations, and mechanical engineering. Biomedical engineering is offered as a minor or at the masters level.

Padnos College Fall Project Day 2018

Project Day gives students from the Padnos College the opportunity to present the projects they have been working hard on to the rest of the school and the community, including young aspiring engineers from local schools. This fall's Project Day was held at the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering on December 6, 2018. It was organized by the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University, and involved multidisciplinary participation from the School of Engineering, School of Computing & Information Systems, and Occupational Safety & Health Management.

25th Annual Wooden Shoe Regatta

Engineering professor, Dr. Shirley Fleischmann, teaches her Fluid Mechanics students to build a functioning model sail boat from a small block of wood. Students apply knowledge they have learned to a tradition of designing, building, and testing sail boats against one other. This speaks to a long-standing legacy of applying practical knowledge to a fun,yet challenging, project. 

CIS Study Abroad in Zurich, Switzerland

This summer exchange program involves spending two weeks attending ZHAW Winterthur in Zurich, Switzerland studying cloud computing, followed by two weeks of mobile application development at GVSU's School of Computing in Allendale, MI. Click here for more information, or to signup

Going the Distance

The American Society for Engineering Education's (ASEE) Going the Distance highlights retention efforts at six institutions with proven programs and practices. It is part of ASEE's retention project, funded in part by Intel. The School of Engineering was one of six institutions that are "Going The Distance" with proven retention practices and are highlighted in this ASEE video.

GVSU Formula Racing Team

The GVSU Formula Racing Team is a student-led group where students come together to design, build, and race an open-wheeled, Formula One style race car. In addition to this already impressive project, all the design work, building, and fundraising is done by GVSU students. 

Biomedical Engineering at GVSU

The Biomedical Engineering program at Grand Valley State University came out from a desire to provide the industry in West Michigan with engineers with the knowledge of how to design products for the human body, so it requires some very specific and specialized training.

Laker Effect - Alex Case

Interdisciplinary Engineering student, Alex Case, shares her Biomedical Engineering Co-op experience at Mary Free Bed

Engineering IGA International Program

The Industry-Sponsored Graduate Assistant (IGA) program allows students to earn a master’s degree while the companies mentor them during the two years of the master’s program. This program gives the GAs the real-world experience in parallel to the academic experience.

Laker Legacies - An iPhone App Created by CIS Students

This is a demo video from a Winter 2013 GVSU CIS Senior Capstone team that consisted of Daniel Newell, Nickolas Workman, and Thomas Peterson. The team created a context aware iPhone app that gives visitors to campus the ability to learn about donors who have given generously to various building projects.

#GVLakerEffect - Professor Samhita Rhodes

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering professor, Dr. Rhodes, speaks to the necessity for students to want to learn and gain new knowledge. She also touches on how satisfying and proud she is when she sees her students grow exponentially after their years in college. 

Grand Valley Spotlight - Professor Blake Ashby

Mechanical Engineering professor, Dr. Ashby, highlights the reason he chose Grand Valley along with describing his most rewarding experiences teaching here.

Other Fun GVSU Videos From Around the University

Grand Valley State Through the Decades

Fifty years ago, Grand Valley welcomed its first students, its pioneer class. On August 23, 2013 during Convocation at the Fieldhouse Arena, faculty and staff members welcomed the newest Lakers, who represent the Class of 2017.

Laker for a Lifetime - We All Have a Story

The Laker for A Lifetime campaign aims to create a culture of philanthropy and university pride in students and alumni. This video was created entirely by students of Grand Valley State University. 


The Laker Effect is the collective impact of the Grand Valley community on individual students, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. The Laker Effect is a force for positive change. Lakers are driven by our passion for learning and using that knowledge for the common good. We make a difference by focusing on others and making lasting contributions. The Laker Effect sets us apart as leaders, problem solvers, entrepreneurs, and advocates that help shape the future.

Laker for a Lifetime - I'm On a Boat

Grand Valley students, alumni, faculty, and staff created this parody video to promote "Laker for a Lifetime" at Grand Valley, an initiative that aims to strengthen the Grand Valley connection for students and alumni by helping them realize their importance in shaping the university's future.

Page last modified December 19, 2018