Faculty Experts - Gary Gabriele

Gary Gabriele

Gary Gabriele
Drosdick Endowed Dean
Villanova University College of Engineering

Area of Expertise:

  • Engineering Education
  • Design Optimization
  • Design for Manufacture


Training the next generation of engineers to meet societal demands for increasingly sophisticated structures, systems, products, technology and environmental issues is Dr. Gabriele's main focus. He is an authoritative source on what engineering educators are doing to develop academic and practical instruction that puts students ahead of the curve, giving them a competitive edge. Dr. Gabriele has had extensive experience in teaching engineering and product design, has developed innovative engineering design programs that combine engineering with other disciplines, such as architecture and the social sciences. Dr. Gabriele can also address the complexities of multidisciplinary design that involves resolving conflicting design objectives that drive a design in opposing directions.


  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • M.Sc., Purdue University
  • B.S., Norwich University

Selected Publications

  • Gabriele, G.A., "The Generalized Reduced Gradient Method for Engineering Optimization," Engineering Design, ed. R.R. Levary, Elsevier Science Publishing Co., pp. 126-144, 1988.
  • Gabriele, G.A., "Optimization in Mechanisms," Modern Kinematics, edited by Arthur Erdman, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1993.
  • Genc, S., Messler, R.W., Jr., and Gabriele, G.A., "A Hierarchical Classification Scheme to Define and Order the Design Space for Integral Snap-Fit Assembly," Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 94-106, 1998.
  • Genc, S., Messler, R.W., Jr., and Gabriele, G.A., "A Systematic Approach to Integral Snap-Fit Attachment Design," Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 84-93, 1998.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Division Director, National Science Foundation, Engineering Education and Centers
  • Vice Provost for Administration and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering & Mechanics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Visiting Engineer, Large Systems Packaging, Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard, Mass.
  • Lecturer, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • U.S. Army Captain, U.S. Army Institute for Research in Management Information & Computer Science

Selected Research

  • "Design as Creative Model for Technical Education," 2003-2004, National Science Foundation.
  • "Development of New Tools for Teaching Computer Science," AT&T Foundation.
  • "Teaching To Styles," GE Fund, 2004.
  • "Product Design and Innovation," National Science Foundation, 1999-2003.

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