Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
DBA Business Administration California Baptist University 2020
MS Engineering - Mechanical University of California, Los Angeles 2012
BS Mechanical Engineering University of Southern California 1991

Dr. Phil van Haaster received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) in 1991, his Masters in Engineering from
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012, and his Doctorate in Business Administration from California Baptist University (CBU) in 2020.

Dr. van Haaster joined the College of Engineering at CBU as an Assistant Professor in the spring of 2020. After graduating from USC, Dr. van Haaster began his career in the field of EMI/RFI shielding, establishing himself as a premier designer of mechanical solutions for an electrical problem and authoring ten U.S. Patents in the field.

After 20 years as a design engineer, Dr. van Haaster shifted his focus to owning the entire business proposition, rising to executive level in a billion-dollar global organization with full management responsibilities for the North American region. His leadership resulted in the expansion of the customerbase, development of multi-region “tiger” teams, and commercialization of disruptive design solutions for the industry. He also contributed as a Board member of an affiliate company, developing military grade products for the U.S. government.

Assistant Professor van Haaster’s research interests are in the field of collaborative design processes and knowledge spillover. He and his wife, Christina, have been married for 27 years and are blessed with six children. He enjoys hiking, camping, obstacle course events, reading, and family time. Dr. van Haaster and his family currently attend The Grove Community in Riverside and he desires to impact the world for Jesus by teaching students how to be superior engineers/innovators who model servant leadership and glorify God in the workplace.

Statics, Documentation and Design, Manufacturing Process, Mechanics of Materials,

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US Patent 9,635,789 “Board Level Electromagnetic Interference Shields with Increased Under-Shield Space” April 25, 2017
US Patent D728,773 "Vent Panel" May 5, 2015
US Patent 7,763,810 “Fabric-over-Foam EMI Gaskets Having Transverse Slits and Related Methods” July 27, 2010
US Patent 7,488,181 “Electrocoated Contacts Compatible with Surface Mount Technology” February 10, 2009
US Patent 7,338,547 “EMI-absorbing Air Filter” March 4, 2008
US Patent 7,135,643 “EMI Shield Including a Lossy Medium” November 14, 2006
US Patent 7,078,614 “Shielding Strips” July 18, 2006
US Patent D519,931 “EMI/RFI Shielding Strip” May 2, 2006
US Patent 6,870,092 “Methods and Apparatus for EMI Shielding” March 22, 2005
US Patent 6,320,120 “Low Profile Clip-on Shielding Strip” November 20, 2001

The Grove Community Church

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For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39