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Steve Vanderleest

Vice-President of Research & Development, DornerWorks, Ltd; Professor of Engineering at Calvin College

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Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group?

Joined this year.

Q. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

I am a Professor of Engineering at Calvin College, teaching computer engineering for the last 20 years. I am also the Vice-President of Research & Development at DornerWorks, Ltd, for the last 8 years. It is primarily through my DornerWorks role that I am involved with the Open Group and FACE. Finally, I am a partner in squishLogic, an iPhone apps company that I started 4 years ago.

Q: What Forum(s), Consortium(s) or Work Group(s) DornerWorks join?

FACE Consortium

We are participating in the FACE consortium. DornerWorks provides engineering design services for embedded hardware and software, particularly safety-critical domains such as avionics. We currently have a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to develop a hypervisor.

Q: How has membership in The Open Group benefited you, your organization and the industry at large?

We appreciate open standards which make it possible for small businesses to contribute technology effectively to the market place.

Q: What contributions do you hope to bring to The Open Group?

We are gaining some valuable insights through our work on a hypervisor based on open source software that is intended to support high levels of design assurance for safety and security. We hope to share some of these lessons learned through our participation.

Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group?

Open standards and open architectures work best when a diverse group of competent professionals come to a consensus.

Q: What are your hobbies?

I enjoy music (I play piano and sing on a church praise team). I am also a voracious reader.

Q: What book are you currently reading?

Just finished War & Peace (phew!) and I'm now reading Shaping a Digital World by Derek Schuurman.

Q. What social networks do you belong to?

LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter.

Q: What information do want to share with other members?

I'm the 2014 program chair for the Liberal Education/Engineering & Society division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). I'm also part of the leadership team for the Christian Engineering Society.

I do have a life outside work too! I'm married with three children who are mainly out of the house (youngest is in college), and two grandchildren. My favorite vacation spot is St. Martin, where my wife and I sit on the beach and I read through a stack of books.