As the sixth most popular area of interest listed by students applying to Hope College, engineering attracts many bright and motivated students. Since engineering courses were introduced at the college in 1979, the curriculum has steadily expanded. In 2006, the Department of Engineering became a stand-alone department, giving today’s students many more options of study. The physical growth, however, has lagged behind the curricular growth, and Hope now needs expanded space for the study of engineering. For those students who come to Hope with engineering aspirations, we owe them facilities that will give them a foundation similar to their peers. The project includes a two-story, 9,000-square-foot addition to VanderWerf Hall.
When fully funded, the growing department of engineering will receive additional space through construction of a $4 million addition (including construction and maintenance endowment) to the northwestern side of VanderWerf Hall, which currently houses the department as well as the departments of computer science, mathematics and physics. The finished project will provide a two-story, 9,000-square-foot addition. The expansion will include purpose-built laboratory space for students enrolled in engineering design courses as well as for co-curricular projects like Formula SAE. The project has been supported through a leadership gift from Holland-based Haworth Inc.
In addition, the arrival of LG Chem Corporation to the greater Holland community will present new educational opportunities for collaborative research in Engineering and Chemistry.
The quality of Hope engineering students is unsurpassed and our enrollments have tripled. We need to expand our facilities to provide the quality of education expected of Hope.
—Dr. John Krupczak Professor of Engineering, Department Chairperson