Christopher Dakes

Credentials: PhD, LEED

Position title: faculty associate, MEM Advisory Board 2021

Madison, Wisconsin

Chris Dakes is committed to advancing the mission of higher education teaching and learning by leading and advocating for changes that explore the intersection of historical foundations, diverse contemporary needs, and visions of future possibilities. As the inaugural Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering Education in the College of Engineering, his 20+ years of experience are brought to life by conducting and disseminating research on teaching and learning, creating and sustaining cross-disciplinary courses and programs, and leading organizational change initiatives. His private sector engineering and consulting work integrate with his higher ed work to bring a strong blend of real-world perspectives and personal passion into effective learning design and curriculum development.

Chris teaches EPD 618 Applied Leadership and Management of Engineering Organizations for the Master of Engineering Management Program. While not teaching, he can be found road tripping and camping with his partner in their vintage 1981 VW bus that barely runs and won’t get up a hill without being pushed.

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering (University of Wisconsin, Madison); M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Penn State University); B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Carnegie Mellon University)