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David Dean

  • Associate Professor, Materials Science Engineering
  • Biomedical Research Tower
    Room 388
    Columbus, OH 43210


Dr. David Dean is an Associate Professor of materials science and engineering. Dr. Dean directs the Osteo Engineering Laboratory. His contributions to the materials science and engineering program bridge the biomedical and materials science disciplines and activities surrounding the opening of the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex (BMEC) in 2020. Materials and medicine occupy two of the four focus areas identified by the College of Engineering, and the appointment of Professor Dean complements the initiative. As part of his role with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, David is teaching a course in the Master of Global Engineering Leadership (MGEL) program, Biomedical Device Additive Manufacturing, a new course dedicated to the latest uses of 3D printing in medicine. He contributes to biomaterial and medical device courses and collaborates with researchers in both the welding engineering and materials science and engineering programs. 

David Dean received a Ph.D. degree from the City University of New York in 1993. Following a two year post-doctoral appointment in the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University, he joined the faculty of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013, his primary appointment transferred from the Department of Neurological Surgery at CWRU to the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University. His research has led to the development of computer-aided design software for the additive manufacture (3D printing) of patient-specific (custom) inert and tissue engineered bone implants and surgical instrumentation. His research program currently includes custom polymeric, tissue engineered, bone implants as well as stiffness-matched (NiTi) and resorbable (Mg alloy) skeletal fixation.


  • January, 2013

    Best Paper.

  • January, 2011

    Best Paper.

  • January, 2009

    Scholarship in Teaching.

  • January, 2005

    Scholarship in Teaching.

  • January, 2002

    TIIME Business Launch - BioScience Track Finalist.

  • January, 2000

    Basmajian Award.

  • January, 1996

    Glennan Fellowship.

  • January, 1994

    Open Competition Award.

Edited Books


  • Dean, David; Herbener, Thomas E. 2000. "Cross-sectional human anatomy." Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


  • Dean, David. 1990. "Using Microsoft Word for Windows." Osborne McGraw-Hill.

Journal Articles


  • Anderson,Eric,J; Knothe,Melissa,L, 2007, "Design of tissue engineering scaffolds as delivery devices for mechanical and mechanically modulated signals." TISSUE ENGINEERING 13, no. 10, 2525-2538 - 2525-2538.