About Us

Jet Blade

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.

About Us

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.

 

Recent Activities

Jet Blade Test 1
April 18th

Donated Aluminum for Hull
Special Thanks to Harbor Steel

Body Panels Laser Cut
Special Thanks to Laser Unlimited

 

Jet Blade

The Jet Blade is a single rider personal watercraft that is stable yet agile. The Jet Blade will incorporate a three-ski design that utilizes two skis in the front of the craft and one ski in the rear. These skis are located in spaced relation below an aluminum hull and operate to hydrodynamically lift the Jet Blade to a cruise position by relative water flow upon the undersides of the skis.

Get in Touch

  • Email:
    teamjetblade@gmail.com
  • Address:
    Calvin College
    3200 Burton Street SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49546