Science & Engineering
What does a life pursuing science and engineering as a Christian really look like?
Lauren Kasper is a Project Engineer at Turner Construction in Dallas, Texas. She grew up in Washington, DC and Tokyo, Japan and moved to Texas for college where she earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management and Information Systems from Southern Methodist University. Her work consists of a combination of commercial engineering, business development, and estimating for new construction projects. Currently, she is working on a $50M medical office building two miles from downtown Dallas. The incredible views of sunrise across the downtown skyline make 3am concrete pours so much more bearable. The past six years Lauren has shepherded a small group of girls at her church from their 7th grade year through graduation in May 2015. Lauren serves as a Junior Board member for Fellowship of Christians in Communities and Schools (FOCUS) and volunteers with New Friends New Life, helping women who had previously been involved in sex trafficking. She also participates in the Dallas Junior League and Dallas Preservation Society. Lauren’s two younger brothers, Evan and Peter, followed her to SMU, and when not working or volunteering she enjoys spending time with them.
John Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and grew up in New York City. He received Certificate in the Program for Technology Management in 2008 from Caltech, Industrial Relations Center, Pasadena, California, M.A. in Religion in 2004 from Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington D.C., M.S. Mechanical Engineering in 1993 and B.S. Aerospace Engineering in 1987 from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York. John has over 27 years of aerospace and mechanical systems design experience. He joined ILC Dover in 1997 and is currently the Design Engineering Manager of the Aerospace, Infrastructure Protection and Marines Products Group and is primarily involved in the design and development of space and engineered inflatable/deployable systems and structures. John’s primary focus is to raise the technology readiness level of products by developing and analyzing requirements and integrated product concepts, performing detail design and fabrication, and testing/evaluating those products in a relevant environment. Applications for these technologies include airships, balloons, ocean floats, habitats, decelerators, and other infrastructure protection structures. John Lin has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Delaware since 1996. He has over 30 publications and received 6 US patents with two patents pending. John accepted the Lord during high school and was baptized in the First Baptist Church of Flushing, New York. He has been married to his wife Laurie for 25 years and they have two adult children. John is a member and an elder of the New Castle Chinese Evangelical Church in Delaware.
Jim Williams earned his PhD from Cornell, and is Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. His research studies the mechanisms of formation of kidney stones, and he has been funded in his research by the National Institutes of Health for the past 15 years. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Jim became a believer in Jesus Christ at age 35, and thus has lived within the worldviews of both secular science and Biblical Christianity. He is an elder and Sunday school teacher at College Park Church in Indianapolis. He has been married to his wife, Kathy, for 37 years and they have three grown children and five grandchildren.
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