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Dan Dimitriu
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3D Lone Star
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Dan Dimitriu’s Bio

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and after defecting to the refugee camp in Traiskirchen, Austria, I arrived in the United States in 1982.  I started teaching engineering as a lecturer at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.  Between 1985 and 1989, I was the director of engineering at Dynamic Industries, a manufacturer of construction equipment, from Barnesville, Minnesota, and in 1987, I received my professional engineer license.  In 1989, I returned to NDSU to finish my Ph. D. degree in engineering, graduating in 1993. That year I came to San Antonio to work as a senior design engineer for Kinetic Concepts, Inc. a medical equipment company, and then, from 1997 I was vice-president of engineering at Prism Enterprises until 2001 when the company was sold to a competitor.  At that time, I decided that it was time for a career change and I became the Engineering Program Coordinator at San Antonio College.

I knew that with my real-life engineering experience with several patents and published papers, I can make a difference in educating better engineers. The first proof came in 2006 when I received the national award for excellence in teaching from NISOD, then came the research fellowship from NASA in 2010, and in 2015, I received the highest engineering education recognition in the nation, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.  During my tenure at San Antonio College, I published over 30 papers and two books, and I received over $6 million in grant awards from various institutions such as NSF, the Department of Education, and NASA.  One of the results was that in the fall of 2019, the Hispanic Outlook Magazine ranked our Engineering Program in the Top Ten Two Year Engineering Programs in the United States.

In 2020 I co-founded with two partners, the 3D Lone Star, LLC to create and produce educational materials and programs.  In 2021 I retired from active teaching to focus all my efforts on our young start-up company and in 2022 I was awarded the Professor Emeritus status from Alamo Colleges District.  Since 2021 our company is actively promoting our Mind Fitness Program.  The games that form the Mind Fitness Program are part of a new edutainment concept using educational materials to help students improve their mental performance and prepare them for STEM activities.  By stimulating spatial skills, 3D visualization, analytical abilities, abstract thinking, pattern recognition skills, memory, and attention to detail we increase the general cognitive performance of all participants regardless of their age, education, or background.

As for hobbies, I enjoy traveling, movies, reading, and creating challenging educational materials such as books and games.