Liberty UniversityWaco, TX
John Vadnal received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, and a MS in Mechanics & Hydraulics, MS in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Mechanics & Hydraulics from the University of Iowa. While a graduate student, he participated in a summer engineering program at the Von Karman Institute of Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium, and a year-long engineering program at Kyoto University, Japan.
He worked ten years as an engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Duke Power Company, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and was an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. While at TVA, he was actively involved in the Tennessee Section of ASCE and editor of its statewide publication, The TennASCE Engineer. His primary work responsibilities included contaminant transport modeling in surface waters and Probable Maximum Floods studies within river and reservoir systems.
He has 22 years of academic and administrative experience within Christian institutions. He served as the Chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics at Tennessee Temple University, Academic Dean and Graduate Program Director at Trinity Baptist College, and Associate Dean of the General Education component of the Distance Learning Program at Liberty University.
He has presented workshops in various subjects at ten annual state and regional Christian Educator Conventions, and has taught 49 different college courses.
Dr. Vadnal has been an adjunct instructor for High Point University, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Florida Community College – Jacksonville, and Central Virginia Community College.
Dr. Vadnal joined the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences (SECS) in 2008 as the Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Engineering. He currently teaches in the engineering program and serves as the Institutional Effectiveness and ABET accreditation coordinator for the engineering programs.
Workshops from John Vadnal ( may vary by event location )
Math, Science and God
Should Christians be interested in math, science and engineering (i.e., applied science)? Should people interested in math, science and engineering be interested in God? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes. This workshop discusses how math, science and engineering are woven together throughout the Bible, how math can be used to show why a person should become a Christian, and how a calculus formula shows how a Christian should live. Examples discussed include El Nino, mud pies, and decision analysis.