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Dana M. Elzey

Assoc Professor
Director
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Engineering and Society
Office location and address
Thornton Hall, Room B103
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1982
M.S. ​Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute, 1984
Ph.D, ​Universitaet Stuttgart, 1989
Biography

After graduating with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, and working on the R&D staffs of IBM and General Electric, Elzey accepted an offer to conduct research in the area of high temperature fatigue failure of Ni-base superalloys at the Max-Planck Institute for Materials Research in Stuttgart, Germany. With this research as the subject of his dissertation, he obtained a Doctor of Science degree from the Universitaet Stuttgart in 1989. Elzey joined the UVA Department of Materials Science & Engineering as a post-doctoral fellow in 1990, working on the modeling and processing of advanced, fiber-reinforced composites and smart, cellular materials. He was appointed Research Assistant Professor in 1993 and promoted to Research Associate Professor in 2001. He has published two books and more than 70 technical articles in these areas.

The Engineering In Context (EIC) Program, which he created together with Prof. Kathryn Neeley in 2001, is a multidisciplinary capstone program, bringing students together from all of the engineering disciplines, medicine, commerce, architecture and environmental sciences. The EIC Program has taught more than 300 engineering students in a client-driven, multidisciplinary environment, with a number of projects in global engineering development (e.g. in Yaounde and Bahmendi, Cameroon, South Africa, Guatemala and Nicaragua). In 2004, Elzey was appointed Director of the Rodman Scholars (honors engineering) Program, in which he provides teaching, advising and administration. Having created a study abroad program for engineering students in 2005, Elzey was called on to create and become the first director of Engineering International Programs in 2007. This office, dedicated to providing a wide range of opportunities for engineering undergraduates to gain international experience, now sees more than 25% of students studying abroad by the time they graduate.

Elzey has served on the Faculty Senate and continues to serve a number of organizations across Grounds, including the Jefferson Scholars Foundation undergraduate advisory board, Center for Global Health Fellows, and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation. He has been recognized for his teaching and service through the Mac Wade Award, Raven Society, Z Society, Harold S. Morton Award, inaugural Kinnier Award, University Academy of Teaching Fellow, and the Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize.

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ENGR 1410: Synthesis Design I
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: first-year Rodman scholar status.
ENGR 1420: Synthesis Design II
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: first-year Rodman scholar status.
ENGR 2595: Special Topics in Engineering
Credits: 1–4
Special Topics in Engineering.
CE 3500: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Applies basic engineering principles, analytical procedures and design methodology to special problems of current interest in civil engineering. Topics for each semester are announced at the time of course enrollment.
ZFOR 3500: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad.
ENGR 3501: Special Topics in Engineering
Credits: 3
Special topics in engineering will vary based upon student and faculty interests.
ZFOR 3501: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ENGR 3502: Special Topics in Engineering
Credits: 3
Special topics in engineering will vary based upon student and faculty interests.
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3506: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
GETR 3559: New Course in German in Translation
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of German in translation. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at: http://www.virginia.edu/german/Undergraduate/Courses.
ENGR 3580: Rodman Scholars Seminar
Credits: 1
Special Topics Restricted to Rodman Scholars. Prerequisites: Rodman Scholar Status.
ENGR 4595: Special Topics in Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Advance projects course to be taken in parallel with STS 4010, 4020, or can be used for an advanced undergraduate course on a topic not covered in the course offerings. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
EP 8999: Master's Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MSE 8999: Masters Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MSE 9999: PHD Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
EP 9999: Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.