Dr. Michael Jipping

Professor of Computer Science, Department Chair
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Mike Jipping joined Hope in 1987. He has been the chair for the Department of Computer Science and has served as faculty moderator and on several administrative committees.

Areas of Expertise

Mike specializes in assistive technology and software development for mobile smartphones. His past projects have included use of smartphones for people with low vision and helping those with cognitive disabilities to ride the Holland bus system. His other interests in computer science are broad, including information and network security, parallel processing and protocols for mesh networks.


  • Ph.D., computer science, University of Iowa, 1986
  • M.S., computer science, University of Iowa, 1984
  • B.S., computer science, Calvin College, 1981


  • REU SITE: An undergraduate research program in Biomedical Applications in Computer Science, July 2009
  • Implementing and Simulating Hardware in Computer Architecture Classes, September 2003
  • Using Handheld Computers in the Hope College Computer Science Curriculum, June 2000
  • An Integrated Classroom/Laboratory for Introducing Students to Object Oriented Concepts, June 1996

Published Work

  • Smartphone Operating System Concepts with Symbian OS, Symbian Press, 2008
  • “Teaching Students Java Bytecode Using Lego Mindstorms Robots,” Proceedings of the 2007 SIGCSE Technical Symposium, 2007
  • “How to Integrate FPGAs into a Computer Organization Course,” Proceedings of the 2006 SIGCSE Technical Symposium, SIGCSE Technical Bulletin, 2006
  • "Investigating Wired and Wireless Networks Using a Java-based Programmable Sniffer," Proceedings of the 2004 ITiCSE Technical Symposium, 2004
  • "Imperative Language Paradigm," The Computer Science Engineering Handbook, 2004
  • “Using Java to Teach Networking Using a Programmable Network Sniffer,” Proceedings of the 2003 SIGCSE Technical Symposium, SIGCSE Technical Bulletin, 2003.
  • Communications Programming for Symbian Devices, Symbian Press, 2002
  • "Using Java to Design and Test Hardware Circuits Over a Classroom Network," Proceedings of the 2002 SIGCSE Technical Symposium, SIGCSE Technical Bulletin, 2002
  • “Parallel Processing over Mobile Ad Hoc Networks of Handheld Machines,” extended abstract, 2001 Mobile Ad-Hoc Computing Conference, Monterey, California, 2001
  • “Using Handheld Computers in the Classroom: Laboratories and Collaboration on Handheld Machines,” Proceedings of the 2001 SIGCSE Technical Symposium, SIGCSE Technical Bulletin, 2001

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Outside the College

Mike is married with three children and three grandchildren. He attends Faith Christian Reformed Church, where he is involved in many aspects of the church including the worship team and ministry technology. He enjoys camping, photography, and science fiction movies and stories.

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Dr. Michael Jipping

Phone Number616.395.7509

VanderWerf-Room 231 27 Graves Place Holland, MI 49422-9000
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