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David A. Delaine

Dr. David A. Delaine is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. He leads the Inclusive Community-based Learning (iCBL) Lab which produces new knowledge that advances knowledge on the ways in which community-based learning (service-learning, outreach, volunteerism) in engineering can impact students, participating stakeholders, and communities through reciprocal partnership. The iCBL develops evidence-based approaches within CBL contexts that can support the formation of socially responsible engineering professionals while promoting social justice and broaden participation outcomes in engineering. Dr. Delaine has obtained a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Drexel University, and served as a Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar at the Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo.



Dr. Delaine is a co-founder and past president of the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) and has served two terms as an executive member of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) as a Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion.

The Delaine research group, the Inclusive Community-Based Learning Lab (iCBL), is comprised of wonderful Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) - Linjue Wang, Amena Shermadou, and Nathan Harris – who provide a strong core to advancement on this research. The lab is dedicated to inspiring each other on a daily basis through positive and supportive approaches to our research.

Ongoing research includes an NSF funded project entitled “Community-Based Learning for the Development of Empathy in Engineering” pursues knowledge into how CBL can foster the development of empathy in engineers and develop research-informed instructional tools to enhance learning outcomes around empathy in engineering that can be transferred to a broad range of CBL contexts. A collaborative research effort with the Biomedical Engineering Department entitled “Analyzing inequities in undergraduate workforce opportunities between biomedical and other engineering disciplines,” also funded by the NSF, seeks to understand the elements which can inhibit engineers’ ability to enter the workforce after obtaining undergraduate degrees. A collaborative effort with The Ohio State University Medical campus is performing research on the integration of mentorship and wellness to support university faculty members from underrepresented groups. This innovative research which has investigated a cohort of black faculty members as they work out together at the gym while developing leadership skills has produced exciting outcomes that will inspire further study.