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Grand Valley State University - 2016

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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The School of Engineering provides very personalized instruction at low cost in a practice-oriented program that includes one year of paid industrial experience for all graduates. Emphasis is placed on excellence in teaching with active scholarship enhanced by high levels of student-faculty interaction. Engineering class sizes are small; all engineering classes have less than 35 students, the majority have less than 24 students, and most labs have less than 16 students. All courses and labs are taught by engineering faculty, not graduate students or teaching assistants. The curriculum has a very practical, hands-on flavor; over two-thirds of the engineering courses include a lab component to provide hands-on, practice-oriented project experience. A 30,000 square-foot, $7 million dollar engineering building was completed in Fall 2000 to support laboratory and design project instruction. A 52,000 square-foot, $16 million dollar engineering building was opened in May 2007 to support teaching, student interaction, and electrical and computer engineering laboratory work. The engineering student-computer ratio is nearly 1:1 with instruction provided in computer-aided teaching studios tied together with a wireless network. Emphasis is placed on environmentally responsible design. Engineering design is woven throughout the program and culminates in real-world, multidisciplinary senior projects sponsored by industry. All students participate in an integrated cooperative education program in which they earn approximately $28,000 during their last two years of study. The Engineering School is located on a full-service residential campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Grand Valley State University has been named one of America's 100 best college buys and one of America's 100 most wired universities.