Fall 2021 CES Newsletter

New Membership Management System (by Justin Vander Werff)

We are in the process of moving the CES records to a membership management system. This system will allow easier networking and will also streamline our dues collection process. We are excited about the potential this system has to aid in our organization and also to allow all of you to stay better connected! As we move forward with this system, here is what you can expect:

  1. If you are on our current mailing list, you will receive an email titled “Create your Christian Engineering Society Breeze account”, sent from the CES Treasurer (Justin.VanderWerff@dordt.edu via breezechms.com). If you do not receive this email in the next couple of days, please email me at Justin.VanderWerff@dordt.edu, because it may be that your email system did not allow the invite email to go through, or perhaps your contact information is not in the latest membership list.

  2. Use this email to create your login. Once you are logged in, feel free to update your personal information as you desire.

  3. We will use Breeze to collect both individual and institutional membership dues. If you have been using automatic payments through PayPal to pay your membership dues, you are likely up to date on your dues. However, we are requesting that in the future all members use Breeze to pay these dues. So, if you have used PayPal to pay your dues in the past, be sure to cancel the automatic payments in PayPal. You can cancel your automatic PayPal payments by following the steps here.

  4. If you are new to CES or you are not up-to-date with your membership dues, you can pay your dues through Breeze after creating your login as described above. You can make your membership dues payments in Breeze by following the steps here.

  5. Feel free to browse what is available in Breeze and follow up with any questions or suggestions.

  6. That’s it! We hope this system serves as a helpful tool for improving our CES network!

Feel free to contact Justin Vander Werff if you have any questions related to this new membership management system. Thanks for your participation in CES!

Christian Engineering Conference (June 29 - July 1, 2022)

We are excited for the return of in-person conference experiences and look forward to seeing everyone at the 2022 Christian Engineering Conference to be hosted at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul immediately following the ASEE Convention. This is a great opportunity to network and idea share with other Christian Engineering professionals. For those who have attended the conference in the past, you will see many familiar elements in the program. As one new initiative, we are planning this year for a “lightning round” of presentations that do not require full paper submissions. This is an opportunity to share a lot of good ideas quickly – please consider how you might contribute. We would love to grow the conference with more authors/presenters and attendees. Please share the call for papers with your networks and encourage others to join us!

Carrie Francis, CEC 2022 Conference General Chair

Brian Swartz, CEC 2022 Conference Program Chair

CEC 2022 Call for Papers.pdf

A New Book from Our Colleagues

Congratulations to our colleagues, Ethan Brue, Derek Schuurman, and Steven Vanderleest! Here is an introduction from the publisher's site.

"Our technology shapes the way we live, interact, work, play, and even worship. Technology and its power are both old and new—as is the wisdom we need to envision, design, build, and use it well. For Christians passionate about developing technology, it's not always clear how their faith and work intersect. How can designing and using technology actually be a way of loving God and our neighbors?

Veteran engineers and teachers Ethan Brue, Derek Schuurman, and Steve VanderLeest provide a field guide for fellow explorers working with technology. Using numerous case studies, historical examples, and personal stories, they explore issues such as:

  • biblical themes and passages that relate to technology

  • the ethics and norms involved in technology design

  • how engineering and technology tap into human dreams for a better world

Along the way they acknowledge the challenges arising from technology but also point to the wonderful possibilities it offers us and its ability to contribute to the common good.

For Christians studying and working in engineering, computer science, technical design, architecture, and related fields, this book is packed with wisdom and practical guidance. By sharing what they have learned, the authors encourage readers to ask harder questions, aspire to more noble purposes, and live a life consistent with their faith as they engage with technology."

CES Logo Competition Results

In the spring of 2021, the CES board announced a contest to design a new Christian Engineering Society logo. We were pleased to receive many excellent entries for the competition. Much creativity and appreciation of our mission were expressed in the submitted designs. The following candidates were the recipients of our top awards:

  • First place: Ilyse Zincone

  • Second Place: Claire Lehnert

  • Third Place: Dave Landstra

Thanks to everyone who participated!

JOB Postings and CES LinkedIn/Facebook Page

Don't forget to check the Resources & Career page for job postings and the following pages.

Newsletter Sign Up and Article Contributions

This newsletter is a publication of the Christian Engineering Society, distributed no more than once per month. You can sign up to receive an email notification when a new newsletter is available. Ted Song of John Brown University is the moderator and editor of the newsletter. If you have questions about the newsletter, send an email to Ted at tsong@jbu.edu. Additionally, if there is a project or activity at your institution/organization that relates engineering with faith, missions and/or service, we’d like to include it in a future CES newsletter. Society members are always encouraged to submit announcements and contribute articles! (Editor reserves the right to make the final decision on inclusion of all content.) CES also welcomes members to contribute articles or suggest new books to be added to this growing body of literature. If you are interested, please contact the CES resource curator Dr. David Che at ched2@asme.org.