Dustyn P. Roberts

Dustyn P. Roberts

Senior Lecturer
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)


Research Expertise: Engineering education | entrepreneurship | robotics | biomechanics | design

Dustyn is a Philadelphia-based engineer, Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) department within the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at the University of Pennsylvania, and COO of Sage. She teaches courses across the undergraduate curriculum on topics that range from first year Intro to Engineering and Engineering Graphics to upper level hands-on labs and Senior Design. Her research in engineering education and entrepreneurship has attracted funding from organizations including NSF and VentureWell. Previously, she wrote “Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists” while in residence at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, founded dustynrobots, LLC while consulting in NYC, and designed parts of robots that are now on Mars while at Honeybee Robotics. She also co-chaired the Open Hardware Summit in 2012 & 2015 and was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow during graduate school. Dustyn holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from New York University, an MS in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware, and a BS with a double major in Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering (and minors in Robotics and Business) from Carnegie Mellon University. She is also a licensed professional engineer in New York (#087699) and Pennsylvania (#PE087240). She currently lives in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia with her wife, daughter, and two cats.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering – NYU
MS in Biomechanics and Movement Science – University of Delaware
BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering – Carnegie Mellon University

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