The purpose of the Calvin Engineering Advisory Council (CEAC) is to aid the Engineering Department as it trains students to become engineers with a distinctly reformed Christian perspective on their profession. This aid can take many forms: reviewing and critiquing of the curriculum; providing a bridge between both the students and faculty to the industrial community; enhancing the department’s image; identifying future directions for the department that assist in keeping it current; and promoting students’ exposure to industry.


CEAC consists of 15–20 engineers from industry and other academic institutions. The members should represent a cross-section of the profession including mid- to upper-management, along with recent graduates. It must include members representing the engineering concentrations offered at Calvin: Chemical, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer and Mechanical. Members should be people who can directly aid CEAC in accomplishing its purpose.


Council officers include the chair (or co-chairs), the secretary and the membership coordinator.The chair is the presiding officer of the council. The chair shall call and moderate meetings and set the meeting agenda. The secretary shall take and distribute minutes to the CEAC membership and to the Engineering Department. The membership coordinator shall track the council membership roster and lead the effort to recruit new members.


CEAC meets two times a year. Individual action outside of the meetings may be necessary for the board to meet its goals. Meeting agenda and other pertinent information will be distributed to each member at least one week before the meeting.


CEAC’s impact on the department should be evident in the following ways (but not limited to these):

  • Advising and encouraging the Department of Engineering to continuously strengthen its reformed Christian perspective on the discipline of engineering.
  • Fostering ties between the department and world-wide industry, including ties to professional societies and government agencies.
  • Identifying potential speakers for seminars.
  • Broadening student knowledge of career opportunities by identifying mentors to meet with students, increasing employment opportunities for students and assisting faculty who desire professional experience over the summer break.
  • Generating ideas for senior design projects including possible industrial mentors and support.
  • Developing scholarships for engineering students.
  • Participating in the assessment process for the departments’s ABET accreditation.
  • Promoting Calvin Engineering to prospective students.
  • Advocating to the college administration on behalf of the department.

Contacting a CEAC board member

Anyone wishing to reach a member of the CEAC Industrial review board should send an email to Prof. Gayle Ermer, engineering department chair. We will forward your question(s) to the board member of your choice (if you indicate one) and/or to whom we believe could best answer your questions. The current board members are listed below with the engineering concentration that best describes their area of expertise.

Other pages that are helpful to prospective students about the Calvin Engineering Program are:

Frequently Asked Questions
Advice for High School Students

CEAC board members

Dennis Cole, Civil & Environmental Ottawa County Public Works 
Darryl De Bruin, Mechancial GE Aviation, Grand Rapids, MI
Bob Dornbos, Mechanical Best Metals, Grand Rapids, MI
Steve Elliott, Civil & Environmental Materials Testing Consultants, Grand Rapids, MI
Brian Honeck, Electrical Johnson Controls Incorporated, Holland, MI
Beth Knol, Civil & Environmental Advantage Engineering, P.C., Traverse City, MI
Mike Dokter, Chemical Pfizer, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
Ted Feenstra, Mechanical V3 Companies, Chicago, IL
Jordan Hoogendam, Mechanical Zon Engineering, Inc.  Cobourg,  ON
Wesley Richards, Mechanical Lacks Trim Systems, Kentwood, MI
Brian Smits, Civil & Environmental NTH Consultants, Ltd, Grand Rapids, MI
Justin Voogt, Electrical & Computer GE Aviation, Grand Rapids,  MI
Jason VanderKodde, Civil & Environmental - Co Chair FTC & H, Grand Rapids, MI
Jim Vanderveen, Mechanical GMB Architects-Engineers, Holland, MI (retired)
Steve Waalkes, Civil & Environmental Michigan Concrete Paving Assoc., Grand Rapids, MI
Eric Walstra, Electrical - Co Chair Gentex Corporation, Zeeland, MI
Joel Zylstra, Civil & Environmental Granger Corporation, Lansing, MI