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Gary A. Gabriele

Drosdick Endowed Dean, College of Engineering

Villanova University

Dr. Gary Gabriele joined Villanova University in 2006 as Dean of the College of Engineering. Prior to coming to Villanova, Dr. Gabriele served for two years as the Division Director for the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the National Science Foundation. The Engineering Education and Centers Division has responsibility for directing the Engineering Directorate’s programs in engineering education, human resource development, and research centers. Previous to NSF, Dr. Gabriele was Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has served as Director of the Core Engineering Program and was Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Gabriele is also a professor of mechanical engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, where he has taught courses in design and design optimization. He is a co-founder and teacher in the Product Design and Innovation curriculum, a multidisciplinary design program combining engineering, architecture and science and technology studies. His design course has won national recognition for innovation from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His research interests fall within the areas of engineering design teaching, multidisciplinary design optimization, and design of integral fasteners. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Norwich University, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He spent time in the US Army and Lockheed before joining Rensselaer in 1984.
Cycles in curriculum planning
A chapter in the SCUP publication Technology-Driven Planning: Principles to Practice, edited by Judith V. Boettcher, Mary M. Doyle, and Richard W. Jensen, this essay serves as an accompaniment to the presentation above and provides insight into the RPI story and the institution's change in curriculum, computers, and teaching styles.
Designing spaces that accommodate the technologies that are transforming the learning environment
Gabriele and Heinz explain the issues, process, and benefits of creating studio classrooms at RPI. Eliminating long lectures and focusing on student discovery, studio classrooms provide the opportunity for hands-on activities, multi-media learning, and interaction between students and faculty, and ultitmately, increase the excitement for learning for the student and instructor.
Interdisciplinary: The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Story
An Experience in Creating an Interdisciplinary Program
Shaping Programs & Spaces to Accommodate 21st Century Pedagogies & Technologies
Focusing on Leadership, Student Learning & Institutional Transformation
The Three-Legged Leadership Stool
Presented by
  • Gary Gabriele, Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Education - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (on leave at NSF)
  • Thomas Brady, Director of the Dvision of Integrative Organismal Biology, Directorate for Biological Sciences - National Science Foundation
  • J. Lynn Zimmerman, Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Professor of Biological Sciences - University of Maryland, Baltimore County