The team consists of Josh Vanderbyl, Nico Ourensma, Ryan DeMeester and Zak DeVries. Each member of the team is part of the mechanical concentration of the engineering program at Calvin College. The team shares great interest in the outdoors and water activities. Our passions collided with our skills when the Jet Blade project was established.
Josh Vanderbyl: A Southern California native, Josh grew up in Beaumont California. While studying at Calvin College Josh has had internships at Kerry Ingredients & Flavors as well as Shape Corporation. At these internships Josh gained industry knowledge in project management and lean manufacturing as well as developed skills in Solidworks CAD design.
Nico Ourensma: Originally from Lake City, Iowa. Nico started his engineering design at the Cardinal Group Companies where he gained experience in Autodesk Inventor CAD design. He has more recently held a position at Woodward, Inc. where he was involved in the testing of aircraft turbine engine components.
Ryan DeMeester: Proudly from Pasadena, California Ryan has had great internship experience in west Michigan. From working on quality control for honeycomb materials at Plascore, to performing time analysis studies at DeWys Manufacturing, Ryan has a wide variety of experience that is the essential foundation of his problem solving and engineering skills.
Zak DeVries: Growing up in Byron Center, Michigan Zak began his engineering career at Lacks Trim Systems where he learned the basics of lean production and the importance continuous improvement projects. He is currently working at Progressive Surface where he has developed problem solving abilities and gained skills in Solidworks CAD design.