Reasons to Believe

Dominic Halsmer
Visiting Scholar Dates: January 2014

Dominic Halsmer is the former dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Oral Roberts University (ORU). He now serves as the director of the Center for Faith and Learning at ORU. He has been teaching science and engineering courses at ORU for 24 years, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma. He received his BS and MS degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from UCLA in 1992 and an MA in biblical literature from Oral Roberts University in 2013. His current research interests involve the integration of faith and learning, contributions from the field of engineering to the current science-theology discussion, reverse engineering of complex natural systems, and the preparation of scientists and engineers for missions work within technical communities.

He is currently the principal investigator for a science and theology project, entitled Science and the Wisdom of God, funded by a four-year, $160,000-grant through the BioLogos Foundation’s program on evolution and Christian faith. This is an interdisciplinary project to help Christians gain an appreciation for the ingenuity behind our evolving universe. It involves the development of books and presentation materials to help the church sort through the complex issues and evidence relating to questions in science and faith. He is currently also working on a book about how engineering helps make sense of the universe.