Dr. David Fisher specializes in robotics, smartphone, and web application development, mobile computing, and software engineering. He has brought back experiences from sabbaticals at Google and Apple to give students the skills to succeed in today’s high-tech world. Dr. Fisher, a Rose-Hulman alumnus, was a finalist for the Indiana tech community’s Tech Educator of the Year Award in 2016 and a Fulbright Scholar in 2018-19. Besides his innovative teachings, he also co-directs the institute’s robotics minor program and is working to make programming course materials available online through the Rosebotics.org project. Check out his personal web page

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Stanford University, 2005
  • MS, Stanford University, 2001
  • BS, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2000

Awards & Honors

Fulbright Scholar - 2018-19


  • Google Inc., Mountain View, California, Sabbatical 2011-2012
  • Apple Inc., Cupertino, California, Summers of 2008, 2009, and 2010
  • ClueKeeper LLC, software engineer, ongoing

Publications & Presentations

  • Fisher, D. S. and Hofmann, R., “CNC Machining Plastic Injection Mold Plates in the Classroom,” Frontiers in Education Conference, 2008
  • Fisher, D. S. and Merkel, C. T., “Improvements to a Mechatronic Systems Course for Mechanical Engineers,” Regional American Society for Engineering Education Conference, 2006
  • Fisher, D. S., Dyrby, C. O., Mündermann, A., Morag, E. and Andriacchi, T. P., “Initial Gait Characteristics Influence the Effect of Footwear Intervention to Modify Knee Loading,” Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2006

Research Experiences

  • iOS, Android, and Web app development

Teaching Interests

  • Robotics
  • Smart product design
  • Software engineering
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