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Grand Valley State University
Padnos College of Engineering & Computing Newsletter
Dr. Paul Plotkowski, Dean
Padnos College of Engineering
and Computing

Dean's Message:

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The faculty, staff, and students of Padnos College have been as busy as ever this summer. In this newsletter, you will find stories on the School of Computing’s name change, alumni successes, faculty leadership, K-12 connections, and more exciting activities happening in PCEC.

As the Covid numbers trend downward in Michigan, we are optimistic and hopeful that Fall 2021 will look much more similar to a typical year on campus, with in-person classes and activities for students. We are looking forward to welcoming incoming students this August and to seeing everyone’s faces around campus. 

As always, I enjoy hearing from you. If you have questions or comments, follow this link to Connect with the Dean.

Enjoy the sunshine!
Dr. Paul Leidig
Dr. Paul Leidig

School of Computing Director Leads International Efforts in Information Systems and Data Science Standards

School of Computing Director, Dr. Paul Leidig, has been leading several international efforts to design new curriculum and accreditation standards. 
Dr. Leidig serves on the boards of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB), Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Education Board, and the accrediting board ABET. In these roles, he chaired several taskforces that developed new competency guidelines for information systems programs (IS2020), the first guidelines for computing competencies of data science programs (CCDS2021), and the first set of accreditation criteria for data science programs.
One of the more cutting-edge activities led by Dr. Leidig was the development and publication of the first set of curriculum guidelines, and the first accreditation criteria, for Data Science programs. These guidelines define required computing competencies for data science graduates, and serve as the first implementation of a complete set which will also include statistics and other domain skills.
Annual Engineering Design Conference on Friday, August 6, 2021

Save the Date: Engineering Design Conference

This year's Engineering Design Conference will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021 with both virtual and in-person events.
The conference will feature a co-op employer forum, co-op employer and industry sponsor appreciation and awards ceremony, and industry-sponsored senior project presentations.
More details to follow.
Samantha Spurr, far right, stands with West Michigan Aviation Academy students who participated in the Women in STEM Club. Spurr served as the graduate assistant at WMAA for the past three semesters.
Samantha Spurr, far right, stands with West Michigan Aviation Academy students who participated in the Women in STEM Club

Agreement Between Area High School, PCEC Has Far-Reaching Benefits

The Padnos College of Engineering and Computing renewed its agreement with an area high school but the partnership goes far beyond a piece of paper.
PCEC's agreement with the West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids dates back to 2016 and includes placing a graduate engineering student in the school to assist in labs and classrooms. WMAA is a charter high school established in 2010 and located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Its curriculum is designed for students who have a passion for aviation and/or an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Samantha Spurr spent the past three semesters at WMAA as a graduate assistant and said the experiences she had "dramatically changed my life and how I view education." Among her duties at WMAA, Spurr organized and ran the Women in STEM club for 9th-12th grade students, with about 30 students regularly attending meetings. Spurr arranged for industry speakers and the club worked on prototypes and projects. She also helped Kaitlin Peterson, WMAA engineering teacher, develop a curriculum for a senior capstone course in biomedical engineering that will begin in the fall, and assisted a class with building a Halloween costume for a child in a wheelchair.
Spurr, who will graduate with a master's degree in biomedical engineering in August, said she is grateful for her own experiences at Grand Valley and enjoyed the opportunity to work with WMAA students. Her connection with the school will continue as Spurr was asked to join WMAA's STEM Advisory Board.
BAMF Health’s radiopharmacy team poses with a GE PETtrace 890 cyclotron at the Grand Rapids headquarters. Pictured, left to right, are GVSU engineering graduates Paul Shields, Nick Freiburger, Matt DeLong, Anderson Peck and Colten Conrad.
BAMF Health’s radiopharmacy team poses with a GE PETtrace 890 cyclotron at the Grand Rapids headquarters. Pictured, left to right, are GVSU engineering graduates Paul Shields, Nick Freiburger, Matt DeLong, Anderson Peck and Colten Conrad.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate is Co-Founder of Radiopharmacy, Molecular Diagnostic Center Soon to Open on Medical Mile 

GVSU graduate Anderson Peck is the co-founder and chief technology officer for a cutting-edge radiopharmacy and molecular diagnostics and therapy center soon to be headquartered on Grand Rapids' Medical Mile. It is poised to provide effective new treatments and early cancer diagnoses.
BAMF (Bold Advanced Medical Future) is slated to open next year in downtown Grand Rapids, in the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building. 
Peck said, eventually, BAMF will produce novel radiopharmaceuticals at the site, offering same-day treatment to cancer patients in the BAMF's theranostics clinic. The location will be home to a first-of-its-type dual cyclotron radiopharmacy.
Peck said it's the best piece of real estate for BAMF, as proximity to major hospitals was key. "Proximity matters because of the radioactive decay of the drugs, so the closer to hospitals, the better. We can get a radiopharmaceutical to the local hospitals within five minutes," he said. For patients with recurrent prostate cancer, Peck said BAMF will provide new efficient and effective therapies that could be expanded to treat other cancers.
Sara Maas leads STEPS Camp participants in a STEM activity
Sara Maas leads STEPS Camp participants in a STEM activity

STEPS Campers Visit Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Students from Battle Creek Public Schools (BCPS) wrapped up their Science Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp on June 18 by touring the Pew Grand Rapids Campus and building motors.
Sara Maas, outreach coordinator for the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, said COVID-19 restrictions meant classes about model airplane building, aviation and coding were live-streamed to campers at their homes during the week. The camp's last day offered campers in-person tours of the Innovation Design Center and other engineering facilities, plus classroom and outdoor activities.
For the third consecutive year, 30 BCPS students attended the camp as a cohort supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 
EMC personnel photo montage
EMC Center Personnel

GVSU Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Center Shares 2020 Highlights and Future Plans

The DTE Energy Foundation Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Center at GVSU supports EMC education, research, and EMC pre-compliance testing for industry. The center employs co-op students through a unique industry collaboration with onsite EMC & High-speed engineering & testing company, E3 Compliance. 
Inside this 6,000 square-foot facility there are seven EMC test chambers for radiated and conducted emissions, radiated and conducted immunity, electrical and electrostatic discharge testing. The center provides support for university electromagnetic compatibility courses at undergraduate and graduate level as well as EMC certificate courses for industry. 
In spite of Covid, 2020 was a successful year for the EMC Center, which gained 23 new clients and added one full time EMC Engineer who was previously working as a GVSU Co-op student at the EMC Center. Several new lab capabilities and upgrades were completed, and more than ten GVSU students participated in experiential learning through EMC Center projects.
In 2021, the EMC Center is focusing on expanding its support of academic opportunities involving students and training classes.  In addition, a number of publications are planned to help share research and the study of EMC concepts with a broad audience. Engineering and testing capabilities will be expanded throughout the year along with growing the team of engineers needed to support the increase in demand for both academic and industrial support.
Clean Drinking Water Device
Clean Drinking Water Device

Engineering Students Earn Honors for Digital Design that Could Provide Clean Drinking Water

A group of three Grand Valley engineering students received second place in the prestigious SME Digital Manufacturing Challenge for designing a device that could be used to harvest fog to provide clean drinking water in places where it is needed. 
The team, captain Noah Bollo, Taylor Hepler and Matthew Fontana, developed a device that uses a mix of hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials to collect tiny droplets of water that are suspended in the air in certain climates. The device’s design has small holes that allow air to pass through, and hydrophilic dimples collect water droplets until the droplet is big enough to drip. Once that happens, it follows hydrophobic channels to a collection tray that drains into a spigot for collection.
“We saw first-hand how developing technologies, such as additive manufacturing, can be used in innovative ways to help populations in need,” Bollo said. “I enjoyed applying problem-solving skills learned in the classroom to take a creative approach and propose a viable solution for addressing the widespread issue of clean water scarcity.”
The design of the fog catcher was “favorably evaluated” by a group of additive manufacturing industry experts, according to the SME award notice committee. 

School of CIS Announces Name Change to School of Computing

Computing programs at Grand Valley began in the early 1970s as a single major; computer science, in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. An information systems major was added, and a new academic unit spun off as the Computer Science and Information Systems Department in 1994. Subsequently, GVSU began adding related academic programs such as the masters in healthcare informatics and bioinformatics and reorganized as the School of Computing and Information Systems in 2004. 
At that time, the term “computing” was emerging as the all-inclusive name for a fast-growing number of related programs, now including; computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, information systems, information technology, software engineering, and data science. Therefore we replaced 'computer science' with 'computing' in our name. Now that GVSU offers most of the programs under the computing label delineated above, it is appropriate to use the single name ‘Computing’ for our School.  

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