Summer 2019 Newsletter of the Christian Engineering Society

Registration for the 2019 Christian Engineering Conference

by Justin Vander Werff (

The thirteenth Christian Engineering Conference was held at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13. The conference program was chaired by Dr. Randy Schwindt (Union University) and general activities were chaired by Dr. Justin Vander Werff (Dordt University). The activities began with optional industry tours on Thursday afternoon hosted by Link Manufacturing and the Pella Corporation, two manufacturing facilities located minutes from Dordt’s campus. The fifteen or so tour participants greatly appreciated the opportunity to see engineering in action and to hear a bit from Dordt engineering alumni on how they put their faith into practice in the engineering workplace.

The full conference commenced on Thursday evening with a banquet and inspiring keynote talk from Dordt engineering alumnus Mike Adams. Mike is the founder and CEO of Adams Thermal Systems ( and founder and president of Adams Thermal Foundation ( Mike shared in an engaging and challenging way how God’s story has played out in his journey and how God’s plans were always ahead of his plans. In Mike’s words, “The Lord let me see a small portion of His future plans, and then He gave me the wisdom and the courage to take each step.” Thursday evening concluded with a wonderful time of music and worship.

Friday was packed with paper and panel sessions. Papers touched on a wide variety of topics ranging from engineering education, calling and vocation in engineering, and engineering industry and ethics. A unique portion of Friday’s program that focused on the engineering industry and ethics was delivered in a continuing education format that brought around 20 practicing engineers from the local area in addition to the 60 full conference attendees. This portion of the conference was particularly well-received and could provide a nice model to emulate or build from at future conferences. Friday evening included a panel session with Christians who serve in leadership roles in local engineering companies, another paper session, and a poster session that included 11 posters from several institutions displaying a variety of student, faculty, and industry work.

Saturday’s program included more great papers and a panel session on ABET accreditation. The conference concluded with another time of praise and worship in music followed by lunch. As always, the conference days flew by. Many familiar faces were able to reconnect and many new acquaintances were formed. The Christian Engineering Conference continues to be a wonderful time of learning, fellowship, and encouragement for brothers and sisters in Christ who care about serving the Lord in their engineering-related callings. The proceedings for the 2019 conference at Dordt are already published on the CEC Proceedings page along with proceedings from previous conferences (

Finally, it’s not too early to be thinking about the CES dinner in Montreal on June 2020 and the next CEC conference which will be held at Azusa Pacific University on June 25-26, 2021. The 2021 conference will be a joint conference along with the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS). More information on both the dinner and the conference can be found on the CEC Proceedings page ( We hope you will be able to join us!

CES Board Member Election Results

The CES members elected Justin Vander Werff and Ted Song as new board members. Thank you for your participation.

The 9th Annual Disaster Shelter Competition (April 23-25, 2020)

by John Brown University Construction Management Department

We will be holding our 9th Annual Disaster Shelter Design Competition at JBU during April 23-25, 2020. We will be updating the website and information over the next couple of weeks, but I wanted to give you all a heads up for planning purposes. The format and testing will be generally the same as we have done previously, but as usual, we will be changing the disaster scenario and adjusting some of the scoring criteria to meet scenario conditions. At this point, it looks like we will be using Cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique in 2019, but I will provide more details shortly. For any who have not participated in the event in the past, the website has videos and photos from past years that I think would help to understand the event. The website is here:

Please let us ( know if we can answer any questions. Also, if you know of anyone interested in this type of event, please pass this news along.

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