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Engineering Seminar Schedule - Fall 2012


Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator, spoke to engineering and science students during his visit to Calvin as a January Series Speaker.

Please check these listings often. All seminars are subject to change. The Faculty seminar co-ordinator for the 2012-13 academic year is Prof. Aril Si. If you have suggestions for a guest speaker, please feel free to contact her.

Fall 2012 Seminar Schedule
Date & Time
Thursday, September 13 at 3:30

SB 101

Graduate School Application Professors David Wunder and Jeremy VanAntwerp
Wednesday, September 19 at 3:30

SB 110

Summer Program in Germany Professor Ned Nielson
Thursday, September 27 at 3:30

SB 010

Concrete Design Steve Wallks, MI Concrete Association
Thursday, October 4 at 3:30

SB 010

International Internships Students with Recent International Internship Experience
Friday, October 5 at 3:30 SB 110 Ideas for Civil Engineers seeking work in Minnesota Alan Rindels, State of Minnesota
Friday, October 12 EB Internship Poster Session Calvin Students
Wednesday, October 17 at 3:30pm SB 103 Bike Infrastructure in Holland Professor Lee Hardy
Friday, October 26 at 3:30pm SB 110 Sorption and Release of Dissolved Pollutants via Bioretention Media Joel Morgan, Spicer Group
Tuesday, October 30 at 3:30pm SB 010 Technology Behind the Mirror Ulric Kuester, Gentex
Wednesday, October 31 at 3:30pm SB 110 Semester in the Netherlands Program Professor Bob Hoksema
Tuesday, November 6 at 3:30pm SB 010 Generational Differences in the Engineering Workforce Ross Smith; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Wednesday, November 7 at 3:30pm SB103 Clean Water and Community Development in the Central African Republic Scott McConnell
Friday, November 9 at 3:30pm SB110 Designing for the Developing World

Gary MacPhee, EMI USA and Kevin Weins, EMI Canada

Wednesday, November 14 at 3:30pm SB 103 Sabaatical Report Professor Gayle Ermer
Thursday, November 15 at 3:30pm SB010 The Chevy Volt and Electric Vehicle Batteries Ben Gerhardt, and Greg Waldron, LG Chem Michigan, Inc.
Tuesday, December 4 at 3:30pm SB 010 Class Sustainability Project ENGR 333 Students

These seminars are coordinated with the requirements of Engr. 294/394 in mind. See description below. While it may be geared for students currently in the engineering program, the Calvin Community and general public are always welcome to attend.

Engineering 294/394 (0 credit) A series of seminars devoted to an exploration of topics in engineering. Seminars will cover areas such as the practice of engineering design, non-technical issues in engineering practice, engineering graduate studies, and aspects of engineering analysis. Students will receive transcript recognition for Engineering 294 if they attend eight (8) seminars before being admitted to a BSE concentration and will receive transcript recognition for Engineering 394 if they attend eight (8) seminars after being admitted toa BSE concentration. Plant tours and technical society meetings may be substituted for seminars upon approval.

Students wishing to use a seminar from another department at Calvin must get approval in advance from Prof. April Si. The subject must af some relevancy to engineering in order to be considered. Typical requirement is to have submit a written summary of a seminar sponsored by another department.

  • Students need both 294 & 394 credit to graduate from the engineering program. They are required courses.
  • There are currently two methods for tracking seminar attendance, as one is beginning while the other is being phased out.


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