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David DiBiasio

My research involves educational scholarship: investigating how students learn chemical engineering and how the curriculum can be modified to optimize learning. That includes understanding learning in hands-on labs compared to virtual or remotely operated labs; learning in international contexts; and how safety, ethics, and social responsibility can be effectively integrated into the chemical engineering curriculum. WPI is a great place to conduct this type of work because of our project-based program, our extensive Global Projects Program, and our philosophy of student-centered learning.

Research Interests

Understanding learning in hands-on, virtual, and remote laboratory contexts.


  • BS, Purdue University, 1972
  • MS, Purdue, Purdue University, 1977
  • PhD, Purdue University, 1980

Featured Publications

  • DiBiasio D., Henry, J., Clark, M., and Miletic, M. “Student Learning in Hands-On, Remote, and Virtual Laboratory Experiences: What Works (or Doesn't),” AIChE Meeting, Salt Lake City, November 2010.
  • DiBiasio, D. “Education Reform: ‘Just Do It’,” Invited Editorial, Chemical Engineering Progress, February 2009.
  • DiBiasio, D. “A Project-Based, Spiral Curriculum for ChE: A Multiyear Retrospective,” Invited Presentation at U. South Florida Workshop on Curriculum Reform, April 2009.
  • Jiusto, S. and DiBiasio, D. “Nontraditional Learning Environments: Do They Prepare Our Students for Life-Long Learning?” J. Engr. Education, 95, no. 3 195-205 (2006).
  • DiBiasio, D. and Mello, N. “Assessing a Nontraditional Study Abroad Program in the Engineering Discipline,” 10, Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 237-252 (2004).


Spotlight On: Current Research

Understanding learning in hands-on, virtual, and remote laboratory contexts.

Professional Highlights

  • Elected ASEE Fellow, 2008
  • Chemical Engineering Education Journal--W. L. Corcoran Award, 2001 (with A.G. Dixon and W.M. Clark)
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