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Dr. Jennifer Jewett VanAntWerpDr. Jennifer Jewett VanAntwerp
Chemical Engineering

(616) 526-8581
(616) 526-6501
Office: DH129

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Educational background

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999

M.S. in Chemical Engineering
University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Michigan State University, 1994


Dr. VanAntwerp is called to the profession of teaching as much as to the profession of engineering. Her current research focuses on the role of faith and calling in the professional identities and career pathways of practicing engineers. She has also published papers in curriculum development, engineering student retention, and gender issues in engineering. While a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois, she elected to earn a Graduate Teaching Certificate and was selected by her students for an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Dr. VanAntwerp enjoys mentoring and advising students, both formally and informally.  She has chaired the Student Life committee, been a mentor in the College mentoring program, and served as faculty advisor to the Women in Engineering student group.  She is currently leading one section of the campus-wide Psalms Bible study groups.

Engineering Research

Dr. VanAntwerp has also been active in technical engineering research and practice. She recently supervised Calvin student research on biofuels through the Integrated Science Research Institute. Other research has been in the areas of biotechnology and biochemical engineering, including protein engineering and biosynthesis of pharmaceuticals. She has published research and review articles dealing with genetically engineering improved antibody binding affinity, with an eye to developing more effective chemotherapies.

Professional Experience

Dr. VanAntwerp has consulted with Pfizer, Inc. (pharmaceuticals) and Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering (environmental and process engineering). She has also worked as an engineering intern at IBM and at Amway.

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