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Dr. Steven H. VanderLeestDr. Steven H. VanderLeest
Electrical & Computer Engineering
(on leave through July of 2016)

Office: Science Building 134

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Educational background

B.S.E. with electrical concentration, Calvin College (1988)
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University (1991)
Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois (1995)

Dr. VanderLeest obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1995. While working on his doctoral degree he was a graduate research assistant at the Center for Reliable and High-Performance Computing at the University of Illinois at Urbana. He has been a graduate teaching assistant at Michigan Technological University. He has participated in the Outstanding Student Summer Program in Engineering and Science at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM.

Professional experience

VanderLeest has consulted with Tandem Computers, Inc. in the area of performance evaluation; Smiths Aerospace in the areas of digital design, software engineering, intranet web development, and ASIC design; for Laser Alignment in areas of laser and direction control; and for GE Aviation in the areas of safety-critical avionics hardware and software. He is currently a partner and Vice-President of Research & Development at DornerWorks, Ltd, a company started by one of his former students, specializing in embedded systems engineering for safety-critical domains. He is co-founder of squishLogic LLC.


Dr. VanderLeest has published technical papers in the areas of I/O performance measurement and evaluation, novel methods of engineering for safety-critical designs, including DO-254 hardware and DO-178B software development, Agile development for aerospace, and on an ARINC 653 hypervisor. He has published numerous times in the Christian Engineering Education Conference as well as the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) proceedings. He is an officer of the Liberal Education Division and former officer of the Multidisciplinary Engineering Division of the ASEE. VanderLeest also maintains a blog on the interaction of Christian faith and technology called Deus Ex Machina ( Subscribe to it in a reader)


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