Justin Vander Werff
Assistant Professor of Engineering/Grad School Leave
Phone: (712) 722-6291
B.S.E., Mechanical Emphasis, Dordt College, 2000.
M.S.C.E., Structural Emphasis, Iowa State University, 2002.
Justin Vander Werff joined Dordt's engineering faculty in the summer of 2008. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, and Missouri. He has taught Structural Analysis, Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design, Structural Steel Design, Reinforced Concrete Design, Machine Design, Mechanics of Materials, Statics and Dynamics, and Materials Science, and Introduction to Engineering Design. He is a professional member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and serves as the faculty advisor for the Dordt College ASCE student chapter.
Prior to coming Dordt, he served for several years as a structural design engineer for a consulting engineering firm in northwest Indiana, designing structural steel and reinforced concrete structures for a variety of facilities in heavy industry including steel mills, oil refineries, power plants, chemical plants, and substations.
He has also served as an instructor in Iowa State University's civil engineering department. During his graduate studies at Iowa State, he did research with the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) investigating bridge design in seismic regions.
His ongoing research with Iowa State University and the California Department of Transportation includes seismic structural load distribution studies, bridge connection details for seismic regions, and investigation into using accelerated bridge construction methods in seismic regions.