Steve (Vander Leest) VanderLeest
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Steve (Vander Leest) VanderLeest

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Dr. Steve H. VanderLeest formerly Vander Leest
Born 1960s.
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Son of [private father (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and
Brother of [private brother (1960s - unknown)], [private sister (1970s - unknown)] and [private sister (1970s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Father of [private daughter (unknown - unknown)], [private daughter (unknown - unknown)] and [private son (unknown - unknown)]
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  • Calvin College
    • B.S.E., electrical engineering concentration, 1988
  • Michigan Technological University
    • M.S.E.E., 1991
    • Thesis Advisor: Martha Sloan
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1995
    • Thesis Advisor: Ravishankar K. Iyer


Steve Vander Leest is the Principal Engineer for Multicore Solutions at Rapita Systems and is a partner at squishLogic LLC. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of R&D at DornerWorks, Ltd..

From 1988 to 2017, he taught in the Engineering department at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He received tenure in 2000 and became a full professor in 2001. He served as department chair from 2006 to 2010.

Steve has published dozens of research papers on engineering technical topics, engineering education, philosophy of technology, and on the connection between Christian faith and technology. He holds two patents, with a couple more pending. A detailed listing is available in his curriculum vitae.


Steve has served as the president of the Christian Engineering Society, as a deacon, elder, and a 2016 synodical representative in the Christian Reformed Church, and as president of the Calvin Christian School Association board.


A school project when I was young got me started with a simple family tree that my Grandma Vander Leest helped me with (especially the Medendorp side). I have continued working on it ever since!

Started the VanderLeest name study project.

Steve's middle name of Henry is after his paternal grandfather.


  • Paternal relationship is confirmed with a 23andMe test match between Steve VanderLeest and Jan VanderLeest. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: "Father based on 47.6% DNA shared across 22 segments."
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Hi Steve,

Removing PPP from all not notable post 1811 profiles managed by the Netherlands project

As a first step in our quest for a more managable list of project managed profiles. We are going to review all post 1811 Project Protected Profiles. Every profile from this period which is not a notable profile will lose it's PPP-status.

Our reason for this measure is to get a list which conforms to the WikiTree rules for PPP's (wikitree uses a 200 years limit) We use 1811 becausee it is the start of the civil registration.

posted by Jan Terink
edited by Jan Terink
Hi Steve!

For a great start of the spring this year we will have a Spring Clean-a-Thon again. The fun starts Friday, April 23, at 8 AM (EDT) until Monday, April 26, at 8 AM (EDT) make sure to register for this event (hurry ;) (and respond with an ANSWER not a comment or reply) and of course also mention in the answer you are joining the Flying Dutchmen- Vliegende Hollanders team !

Hope to see you soon, Bea & Astrid :)
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

The 5th! Source-a-Thon will take place from the 2nd of October till the 5th of October. We really hope you will join us at our Team The Flying Dutchmen. Registering is open now HERE. More info at our Team page HERE or at our G2G-S-a-Th-Chat.

Hope to see you!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hi Steve,

After a great Liberation day challenge, the Connect-a-Thon is coming up, it will take place from Friday 17 July 2020-Monday 20 July 2020) so everyone is invited to join the Flying Dutchmen Team - Vliegende let's all hop on the boat (teampage) ;) again and have some fun together. Don't forget to first register here (you can register until wednesday 15 july) and let them know you're going to rock the Flying Dutchmen (women) - Vliegende Hollanders boat ..and here's our connect-a-thon chat.

Hope to see you soon,

Bea and Astrid x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
I know......... first the Cl-a-Th now a DRP challenge. But it is our 5th Liberation Day challenge. Just to celebrate freedom and remember those that made us to live in FREEDOM! Join us please!
The fourth Spring Clean-a-Thon is coming! The cleaning will start on Friday, April 24, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 27, at 8 AM (EDT).

Please join us at Team Flying Dutchmen after registering HERE.

And please feel welcome to join us in the mean time at cleaning up a Dutch Roots Gedcom we work on together for the next weeks.

Hope to see you soon!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hi Steve!

First of all we all are wishing you a very happy and healthy 2020! And for a great start of this new year we will have a Scan-a-Thon again. The fun starts this weekend, from Friday 10 January (8 AM (ET) until Monday 13 January (8 AM (ET) and the registration cut-off is Wednesday, January 8th, at 11:59 pm, ET, so if you want to participate make sure to register for this event (hurry ;) ) (and respond with an ANSWER not a comment or reply) and of course also mention in the answer you are joining the Flying Dutchmen- Vliegende Hollanders team !

Hope to see you soon,

Bea & Astrid :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

I hope you have some time and energy to join us at the upcoming DRP challenge. We like to have you as particpant. The challenge is besides adding profiles about fun and getting to know each other better. The challenge lasts from the 30th of December to the 6th of January. It is not important if you can not be around every day. Any add is welcome. And we like to jump together at WT into the New Year! HERE you find more info. Already wishing you a Happy New Year! Bea, Margreet and Astrid


Wolter Hendriks Snippe (1761) X Sjoukje Biezema (1763) (Snippe-47) X Biezema-12)

Jan Wolters Snippe (1788)
Ebeltien Jans Ebeltje Snippe (1818)
Jan Klok (1852)
Hendrika Ebelina Klok (1885)
Case Veldman (ca 1910)
Marianne Veldman (ca 1940)
Steve Vanderleest.

And my wife: Wolter Hendriks Snippe (1761) X Sjoukje Biezema (1763)

Jantien Snippe (1796)
Rense de Vries (1830)
Remke de Vries (1854)
<private> Posthuma
Channah (Posthuma) Lerman.

So, you and my wife are fifth cousins, once removed.

posted by Moshe Lerman
Hello, Steve!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi !

The registration for the brand new Connect-a-Thon is open now, so if you would like to join us, make sure you first add an answer at this Connect-a-Thon 2019 registration G2G saying you would like to participate and join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders team and just add your WT ID to the team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders, at our Connect-a-Thon team page where you also can see how everything works. And here's our team chat .

Many thanks and hope to see you (again) !

The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders Team :D

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi there!

It is time for the spring cleaning at WikiTree! For the third time WT organizes a Clean-A-Thon (CaTh-) challenge. And we need you! Please join us! Here is all info. And make sure to first register by clicking “answer“ Here and let them know you want to join the Team Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders .

Many thanks and hope to see you all !

The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders

Hi, would you like to join our mini challenge ? Quest for Great-Grandparents and Gedcom help: Dutch Edition-Nederlandse editie All help is welcome !
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
9th cousins once removed!
posted by E. Buikema
Hi Steve,

Did you know our first annual Scan-a-Thon 2019 is almost starting ? It will last 72 hours from 11 January-14 January 2019, a big event here you can register and since you're a member of our project perhaps you want to join us and have some fun ? Here's our Flying Dutchmen Scan-a-Thon Team hope to see you soon !

Greets from the Netherlands ,

The Dutch Roots Project Team

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Steve, great marriage addition for Willems-73. Thank you!


posted by Roelof Scholtens
Haha I am sooo sorry Steve but I have sometimes a glitch at awarding badges. It happened before. I do not know why. I awarded you a badge but it was added to a "Bob" in your family.

I need to wait 24 hours before I can try to do it again........... Grrrr.

Thank you so much for your fast respons Steve!

Thank you!


Hi Steve,

We have common ancestors. Underneath the result of running the “Relationship finder.”

Roelof and Steve are 7th cousins. Roelof Scholtens and Steve (Vander Leest) VanderLeest are both descendants of Willem Jans: Jans-2579.

Sometimes I will ask you to put me on the trusted list for some ancestors. Like for Lucas-7018 and Meijnen-15. I want to thank you for that.

Please can you put me on the trusted list for the following profiles: Ten Hoor-108 and Willems-73 ? My request was from Aug 21, 2018 and Sep 8, 2018.

Regards, Roelof

posted by Roelof Scholtens

Rejected matches › Henry Evans (1894-1940)

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