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Student Josh Locke and Professor DeJong Recognized for Research

In 2011, Josh won 1st prize in the Student Poster Competition at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers Noise and Vibration Conference for his paper, "Aircraft Interior Noise Cold Damping Tests," which was based on his internship at Spirit AeroSystems and his research with Prof. R. DeJong.

Senior Design Team featured in Grand Rapids Press

Motorized Stroller team from 2011 - click here for team website

achieving-mobility240 "It was really nice for us to have a real customer. There was a lot of motivation for the whole team to make a 100 percent working product." Read the full story in Grand Rapids Press


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HydroTower Team is Cover Story of the Calvin Spark!

The Next Idea

A year in the making, Senior Design Projects push students beyond their engineering disciplines.


Calvin Students Win 2010 Innovation Encouter Competition!

Click here to read about how some engineering students teamed up with Business majors and a Computer Science major win the 2010 Innovation Encounter.

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Young Alumni Launch Engineering Endowment Fund

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Raising more than $25,000 in just a few weeks, a group of young engineering alumni has launched a new fund to support engineering research at Calvin. Click here to read full story.

bizPLAN Contest Turns Students into Entrepreneurs


For the teams of students that made it to the final round of Calvin’s first bizPlan competition, presenting a full business plan before a panel of six judges was a valuable exercise in "what works and what doesn't" in the business world. Engineering teams as well as teams from other majors can participate in the competition.
Read an article about a past bizPLAN contest.

Engineering Seminars

There are several upcoming seminars that are being sponsored by the Engineering Department. Engineering students can apply their attendance to Engineering 294/394. The rest of the Calvin community and the general public is always welcome to attend.

NASA Administrator Visits Calvin

Picture taken by January Series photographer, David Dornbos.

Dr. Michael Griffin, the NASA Administrator, visited Calvin on January 17, 2008 as part of the January Series. During the morning he took some time to visit with a room full of Engineering and science students in SB010 for a question and answer session. Dr. Griffin noted that one of the things he enjoys most about his job is to meet young people pursuing math, engineering and the sciences.

Later in the day, Dr. Griffin gave a talk at the January Series entitled "American Competitiveness: NASA's Role and Everyone's Responsibility". Professor Randy Brouwer had the honor of introducing Administrator Griffin. The two of them first met while Dr. Brouwer served as an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow in Washington D.C. in 2005.

It was a unique and wonderful opportunity to have the NASA Administrator visit Calvin College. The large crowd appreciated his comments and insights.

Engineering Students Earn Prestigious Fellowships

Two Calvin College engineering students are among 15 students around the nation to win prestigious research fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Senior Corinne Kluge and junior Val Horstman, both engineering majors with a civil and environmental concentration, each received two-year undergraduate fellowships from the EPA’s Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program.

Horstman and Kluge are working with Professor Wunder researching how antibiotics interact with biologically active filtration systems used for drinking water treatment in numerous regions worldwide. Common antibiotics, Horstman explained, which are used to treat cattle as well as humans, don’t entirely break down when they enter wastewater and then the environment.

"I was pleasantly surprised, but at the same time I knew they were both the kind of student that this program was looking for,” says Professor Wunder. “They both are gifted and highly focused students who are passionate and professionally focused on caring for creation in their work as engineers. Frankly,” he added, “I couldn’t do what I’m doing without both of them.”

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Interim Class Collaborates on Several Green Projects

Professor Paulo Ribeiro, fresh from his sabbatical leave, has once again motivated students to apply what they are learning to the real world. The course, Electrical Power and Energy Systems Management Systems, introduced students to real world problems. Besides learning the analytical basis of power and energy systems and the consequent environmental impact, and using professional stat-of-the-art computational tools, the students worked on several real life projects in the Grand Rapids area.

Among the projects, prearranged by the instructor to give the students a real world experience, were:

A Feasibility Study for Wind Power Generation at Belknap Lookout.  This project is being developed with the support of the Newberry Co-Housing Community,

A Feasibility Study for the Recovery of a Small Hydro Power Station at the City of Plainwell, Michigan.  This project is being developed with the support of the City of Plainwell.  To read more about this project go to

Other projects include Learning about Grid Operations with the support of Consumers Energy, analytical studies regarding Distributed Generation and Micro-Grids, and Nuclear Power Assessment.

Students visited the sites, talked to managers and engineers and collected the data necessary to produce the  analyses.  Since the studies may take longer than the class period the projects will be extended to the end of the summer.  The reality however is that the students will be exposed and attempt to solve real world power and energy engineering problems.

Look for this poster in the hall outside Prof. Ribeiro's Office for a summary of what took place.

Aspiring Engineer Assists in Fight vs Measles

Plastic and thin cardboard were among the few materials junior engineering major Sarah Evans had to work with at her summer 2007 internship. Yet the product she worked on has the potential to save thousands of children who might otherwise die of measles.

For full story, Click here.

Engineering Students find success in Calvin Athletics

A wide range of college experiences contribute to a student's success and three Engineering students have been featured in "KIGHTFILE" over the past year for their talents and athletic successes.

  • A graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Ill., Keith Conrad came to Calvin through the tip of a neighbor. “I had a neighbor who graduated from Calvin and highly recommended that I come here,” Conrad said. “I was also looking for a Christian school with an engineering program and a Division III swim team. Calvin was one of the few places that met all three of those requirements.” At Calvin, Conrad has thrived, majoring in engineering while serving as a key contributor on the Calvin men’s swim team. As a student, Conrad has already designed an audio amplifier and would like to build and design audio electronic equipment in his postgraduate career. More of this article can be found through this Knightfile link.

  • When she joined the Calvin College women's cross country team, Christina Overbeck did not know what to expect. She came to Calvin having never run cross country competitively. Soccer was her sport during the fall athletic seasons at Bellevue Christian, outside of Seattle, Wash. — but it was then that she began to get a taste for running distances. “My soccer coach told me I had to run track,” Overbeck said. “He said if we wanted to be starters on the soccer team that we had to run track in the spring, so I did. I never thought about it much; I just did what he told me to do.” More of this article can be found through this Knightfile link.

  • Spending four years playing basketball for Calvin, along with competing on the track team, Eric DeVries states, "Sports give you the chance to develop skills that other people might not have the opportunity to develop. Time management and teamwork are skills that employers look for and are skills that sports give you the opportunity to learn." More of this article can be found through this Knightfile link.

  • As a four-year member of the men's swimming team, Peter Tuuk can now sit back and reflect on his time spent at Calvin. "I've built great relationships, and Calvin has offered a great balance between swimming and academics," claims Tuuk. To read more about Peter's experience at Calvin, follow this Knightfile link.

Making A Difference Through Engineering

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Prof. Hoeksema Recieves ASCE Award

A Calvin College professor of engineering has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the 2008 recipient of the ASCE Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award.

Robert Hoeksema
was selected for the award for his book Designed for Dry Feet: Flood Protection and Land Reclamation in the Netherlands which the ASCE said "enriched the heritage of engineers everywhere by linking one of the world's great civil engineering achievements to the history of The Netherlands."

Hoeksema's book was on the landscape of the Netherlands and how that country used and developed technologies over many centuries to create and maintain usable dry land in a very inhospitable environment.
For full story, Click Here.

Prof. Brouwer receives KEEN Grant

The Engineering Dept. is pleased to announce that the diligent work of Randy Brouwer has procured a $50K KEEN grant (Kern Entrepreneurship Education Initiative) supported by the Kern Family Foundation and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). This grant will help to foster increased entrepreneurship and thus is also an excellent complement to Calvin's  new Enterprise Center

Calvin Engineering Professor wins NSF Grant

Congratulation to Professor Paulo Ribeiro!  He has just been awarded an NSF grant totaling $450,000.  He is the co-principal investigator on a proposal titled "A Holistic Approach to Customer-Driven Microgrids." The grant comes from the NSF Power, Controls and Adaptive Networks: Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), Directorate for Engineering.  He will be doing this research as part of his externship at the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), Florida State University.



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