Dan Dickrell is an Assistant Engineer in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He is also a member of the graduate research faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and has worked as a mechanical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, IL, Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM, and in private industry.

Since 2007, Dr. Dickrell has taught various engineering design and mechanics courses in the MAE department (Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Introduction to Mechanical Design). He also teaches first-year course: Introduction to Engineering Design and Programming for the College of Engineering. In 2012-2013 academic year he was voted "Teacher of the Year" in the MAE department by students and faculty.

His scientific research interests include: soft contact lens tribology, electrical contact resistance of composite thin films, and design and fabrication of experimental tribometers. His academic research concentrates on the application of online technology in very-large enrollment engineering classes.

He is an avid Brazilian jiu-jitsu player, photographer, and rock climber.