Darryl Dickerson

Darryl Dickerson, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Minority Engineering Program

ddickers@purdue.edu

Darryl Dickerson, Ph.D., began working full-time for MEP in 2012. In 2014, he became the Associate Director of MEP with a priority on research focused on diversity programming geared towards increasing the number of underrepresented minorities matriculating in engineering. Darryl also serves as Chief Scientific Officer of BioRegeneration Technologies, and President of Adapt-IF Technologies. He has extensive research experience in biomaterials development, orthopaedic tissue biomechanics, and tissue engineering. Darryl graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, with a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering. He continued his education at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, receiving his Ph.D. in May of 2009. 

Research for his doctoral dissertation, “Bio-template Mediated Regeneration of Orthopaedic Interfaces,” was carried out in the Human Injury and Regenerative Research Technologies laboratory under the direction of Dr. Eric Nauman. Subsequently, he and Eric founded BioRegeneration Technologies to translate the benchtop work performed during his graduate studies to clinical practice.

During his time as a graduate student, Darryl gained significant management experience as a member of the Board of Directors (2004 – 2009) of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a nonprofit organization with over 30,000 members worldwide dedicated to increasing the number of African American students pursuing and obtaining engineering degrees. His work with NSBE culminated in his service as President, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer in 2007 – 2008. During his tenure, he honed his management and leadership skills overseeing a full-time staff of 30 at the World Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, where he managed a budget of $11 million, implemented a new programmatically-based strategic direction, and forged new partnerships with corporations including Battelle and Microsoft. In 2011, he became President of Adapt-IF Technologies, a non-profit organization founded by Theresa Gordon and Eric Nauman dedicated to creating and delivering custom adaptive technologies to meet the individual needs of people with disabilities.

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