Computer Science Seminar: Doug Van Wieren '88, Distinguished Alumnus

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11:00am

VanderWerf Hall, 102
27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617

Dr. Doug Van Wieren, who is from Holland but currently located in Silicon Valley, California, graduated from Hope with majors in mathematics and computer science. He completed a doctorate in computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Michigan in 1998.

He was the founding dean of the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology in Bosnia, a private, English-language university which opened in 2004 and is in partnership with the University of Buckingham in England. Serving from 2003 to 2006, he was involved in every aspect of the school, including writing the original curricula, recruiting faculty, setting up and maintaining the first computer laboratories.

From 2006 to 2009 he was a research fellow at Harvard University, where he was a member of a group in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Physics focused on enhancing science instruction. The team’s work included developing a widely used teaching technique called Peer Instruction, which encourages student participation and interaction in large lecture classes.

Dr. Van Wieren was on the faculty of the New York Institute of Technology’s campus in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, from 2009 to 2016. He taught programming courses of all levels, coached academic teams and served in other capacities.

He joined Google in 2017. His work focuses on cloud security and instructing others in assuring the site’s reliability.

Dr. Van Wieren’s community service includes volunteering with Shire House, which is a residential program for young adults within the high-functioning autism spectrum, and serving as coach and judge with the International Collegiate Programming Competition. In 2015, he received a Friendship Award from China as part of a team of software engineers that developed facial-recognition software for locating lost Chinse children.

His family includes his wife, Karen; sons, Shaun Carter and Jason Lareau; and daughters, Annissa Van Wieren and Esme Van Wieren.

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Academics, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Computer Science

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