About Me

Dr. Justin Vander Werff

Dr. Justin Vander Werff
Associate Professor of Engineering

Phone: (712) 722-6291
Email: Justin.VanderWerff@dordt.edu


B.S.E., Mechanical Emphasis, Dordt College, 2000.
M.S.C.E., Structural Emphasis, Iowa State University, 2002.


Justin teaches courses primarily in the concentrations of civil and mechanical engineering. He has been at Dordt since 2008 and 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 has also served as a visiting instructor for Structural Steel Design at Iowa State University. 

Prior to coming Dordt, Justin 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.

Justin is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in several states, including Iowa. 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.


Justin's 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. Earlier research work with the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) investigated bridge design in seismic regions.

Justin also loves to spend time with his family, serve in his church in various ways, play piano and organ, and work on home improvement projects.