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Dordt engineering student receives leadership award

May 29, 2012

Dordt College graduate Nathanael Couperus has earned this year’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Leadership Award. The award is given to one student per region who has demonstrated superior leadership abilities in their student chapter.

Couperus, from Grimsby, Ontario, is a May 2012 graduate who earned a degree in engineering. During his time at Dordt, he served as ASCE student chapter president for two years and as the college’s concrete canoe captain in its inaugural year.

“Nathanael’s energy throughout his time at Dordt has been infectious and his leadership abilities have been invaluable in the growth of Dordt’s ASCE student chapter in its early stages as well as in the community and within our engineering department,” said Dordt College Professor of Engineering Justin Vander Werff. “Nathanael has always been intentional about getting others involved and making sure that underclassmen are being nurtured by upperclassmen, helping everyone to learn and to grow.”

Vander Werff noted that Couperus was engaged in the broader professional society of civil engineering and because of his ability to lead effectively, he played an important role in building Dordt College’s solid academic reputation among other engineering schools with whom the college interacts. “Nathanael is not one who is trying to make a name for himself, but rather, in all things he’s working to glorify his Lord and Savior,” said Vander Werff.

Dordt College is part of the ASCE Region 7, which includes Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. Learn more about ASCE at

Dordt College offers a fully accredited engineering major with emphases in mechanical, electrical, civil-environmental, computer, and biomedical engineering. Engineering students begin the path of professional licensure in their senior year by taking the F.E. exam.

Dordt engineering students have posted a 100 percent pass rate in 10 out of the last 12 years, earning a remarkable 97 percent pass rate on the nationally administered Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) exam during that period. This record of achievement exceeds that of highly ranked engineering programs across the country. Learn more about the engineering program at

Pictured from left: Benjamin Hofland and Nathanael Couperus.


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