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Dr. David Chesney

Current Position

Toby Teorey Collegiate Lecturer CSE,

University of Michigan

Former Engineer, General Motors

Visiting Faculty, Plaksha Technology Leaders Program


Ph.D. & M.S. (Michigan State University)


Dr. Chesney has more than 20 years’ experience working in the automotive industry as a product and process engineer and has worked at the University of Michigan as a full-time faculty member for over 15 years.

Dr. Chesney has won multiple teaching awards and was involved in the formation of a multidisciplinary Design Minor in the College of Engineering. He was also involved in the formation of an internal center to create hardware and software for children with cognitive and physical disabilities through a collaboration between the College of Engineering and CS Mott Children’s Hospital.

Research Interests:

Socially Relevant Computing; Assistive Technology; Universal, Inclusive and Individual Design; Pedagogy; Ethics and Technology; Story-telling in the Engineering Classroom; Effective Group-work in the Classroom; Introversion; K-12 Outreach


  • Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, 2016
  • Mott Golf Classic Development Grant for Assistive Technology, ($500K over 5 years), 2016-2021
  • IBM Faculty Award (and use of IBM Watson), 2014
  • R & M Schultz Outreach and Diversity Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • Thomas Sawyer Teacher of the Year Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2010
  • Outstanding Instructor in the Engineering College, from the Society of Women Engineers: 2004
  • Best Paper Award, New Engineering Educators Division, American Society of Engineering Education Conference, 2007