Daniel Burkey

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Diversity

Office of the Dean


Ph.D., MIT (2003)

Current Research

  • Engineering education
  • Ethics education for engineering students
  • Game-based and game-inspired education
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition

Professional Activities

Director, AIChE Education Division, 2017-2019
Publication Board, Chemical Engineering Education, 2018-2021
Past Program Chair, Chemical Engineering Education Division, ASEE, 2016-2017
Member: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Member: American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

Current Research Group

Current:  Landon Bassett (Ph.D. Student)
Former:  Daniel Anastasio (Asst. Professor, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Active Research Projects

Game-based and game-inspired educational techniques: Our team seeks to use game-based and game-inspired educational techniques to study and improve both student engagement and student learning. We use multiple platforms, including card games, digital games, and narrative games to expose students to complex engineering topics in novel and engaging ways.

Ethics education for engineering students: How students develop from freshmen with little domain-specific knowledge to practicing engineers during the course of their collegiate experience is an area of interest, especially with respect to what some call “professional skills” – including their professional development of an ethical code and moral development. We seek to study students’ thinking with regard to ethical reasoning and determine best practices for instruction.

Process safety education: Chemical process safety education is an important intersection between academia and industrial practice. Our team works on the combining our above research areas – game-based education and ethical reasoning – and applying it to understanding how students (who typically have minimal process safety experience) think about process safety questions. We seek to develop educational best practices and assessments that positively contribute to process safety education.

Surface modification via chemical vapor deposition: Initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) is a powerful technique for creating functional nanoscale coatings on various substrates that have the ability to modify interactions with the environment. Our most recent work in this area has focused on using iCVD techniques for modification of electrospun membrane materials to improve performance in water purification applications.

Previous Positions

2013-Present Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Diversity, UConn School of Engineering
2010-2013 Associate Head, Chemical Engineering Program, UConn School of Engineering
2008-2010 Senior R&D Engineer, GVD Corporation, Cambridge, MA
2003-2008 Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Awards & Honors

2018 University Teaching Fellow
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 AIChE Teacher of the Year (UConn Chapter)
2006, 2008, 2009 OXE Professor of the Year (Northeastern Chapter)
2007 Martin W. Essigmann Outstanding Teaching Award

Selected Publications

“Work-in-Progress: A ‘Cards Against Humanity’-style Card Game for Increasing Engineering Students’ Awareness of Ethical Issues in the Profession”, D. D. Burkey and M. F. Young, Proceedings of the 124th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Paper 18520, (2017).

“Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition Polymers for High Peak-Power Laser Targets”, S. H. Baxamusa, X. Lepró, T. Lee, M. Worthington, P. Ehrmann, T. Laurence, N. Teslich, A. Suresh and D. D. Burkey, Thin Solid Films, 635, 37-41 (2017). Impact Factor: 1.790

“Complex, multi-scale small intestinal topography replicated in cellular growth substrates fabricated via chemical vapor deposition of Parylene C”, A. Koppes, M. Kamath, C. Pfluger, M. Dokmeci, D. D. Burkey, L. Wang, & R. Carrier, Biofabrication, 8(3), 035011, (2016) Impact Factor 4.289

“Engineers at Play: Use of Games as Teaching Tools for Undergraduate Engineering Students”, C. A. Bodnar, D. D. Anastasio, J. Enszer, & D. D. Burkey, Journal of Engineering Education, 105(1), 147-200, (2016). Impact Factor: 2.717

“Photo-oxidation of polymers synthesized by plasma and initiated chemical vapor deposition”, S. Baxamusa, A. Suresh, P. Ehrmann, T. Laurence, J. Hanania*, J. Hayes, and D. D. Burkey, Chemical Vapor Deposition, 21(10-11-12), 267-274, (2015). Impact Factor: 1.703

“A First-Year Project-Based Design Course with Management Simulation and Game-Based Learning Elements”, D. D. Anastasio, M. Chwatko*, D. D. Burkey, and J. R. McCutcheon, Proceedings of the 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Paper 12397, (2015).

“Impact of Narrative, Character Creation, and Game Mechanics on Student Engagement in a Game-Based Chemical Engineering Laboratory Course”, D. D. Anastasio, A. Suresh, and D. D. Burkey, Proceedings of the 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Paper 12396, (2015).

“A New Take on Kinetics: Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition as a Chemical Engineering Capstone Laboratory”, D. D. Burkey, D. Anastasio, and A. Suresh, Chemical Engineering Education, 48(2), 98-106, (2014). Impact Factor: 0.50

“Photoinitiated chemical vapor deposition of cytocompatible poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) films”, B. J. McMahon, C. A. Pfluger, B. Sun, K. S. Ziemer, D. D. Burkey, & R. L. Carrier, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A, 102(7), 2375-2382, (2014). Impact Factor: 2.841

“Potential of Hexyl Acrylate Monomer as an Initiator in Photo-initiated CVD”, A. Suresh, D. D. Anastasio, & D. D. Burkey, Chemical Vapor Deposition, 20(1-2-3), 5-7, (2014). Impact Factor: 1.796

“Improving student attitudes toward the capstone laboratory course using gamification”, D. D. Burkey, D. D. Anastasio, and A. Suresh, Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Paper 5876. (2013).

“Precise, Biomimetic Replication of the Multiscale Structure of Intestinal Basement Membrane using Chemical Vapor Deposition”, C. A. Pfluger, B. J. McMahon, R. L. Carrier, and D. D. Burkey, Tissue Engineering Part A, 19(5-6), 649-656. (2012). Impact Factor: 4.254

“Technology in the Classroom: Transitioning Lab and Design to an All-Digital Workflow”, D. Anastasio, A. Suresh, and D. D. Burkey, Chemical Engineering Education, 47(1) 65-70 (2012).

“Precise, Biomimetic Replication of the Multi-Scale Structure of Intestinal Basement Membrane using Chemical Vapor Deposition”, C. A. Pfluger, B. J. McMahon, R. L. Carrier, and D .D. Burkey, Tissue Engineering Part A, 19(5-6), 649-656 (2012).

“Biocompatibility of Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposited Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) Films for Biomimetic Replication of the Intestinal Basement Membrane”, C. A. Pfluger, D. D. Burkey, L. Wang, B. Sun, K. S. Ziemer, and R. L. Carrier, Biomacromolecules, 11(6) 1579-1584 (2010).

Contact Information
Emaildaniel.burkey@uconn.edu
Phone(860) 486-5466
Mailing Address191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3187, Storrs, CT 06269-3222
Office LocationEII-304