Dave Westenberg, Ph.D.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dave Westenberg, Ph.D., is Curators Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Westenberg has been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Goettingen and Marburg, Germany and a U.S. Department of Agriculture postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College. He co-directed the Missouri S&T Science Education and Quantitative Literacy professional development program for K-12 teachers and has taught teacher workshops for the BioBuilder Foundation and HHMI Biointeractive. He also has been active in microbiology education as part of the ASM Scholars-in-Residence Program (Biology Scholars) and has chaired the ASM Committee for K-12 Outreach.
Westenberg has received numerous awards for teaching and advising, including the Class of ’42 Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award, the Missouri S&T Alumni Association Outstanding Advisor Award, the 2017 Science Educator Award from the Academy of Sciences, St. Louis, the ASM Carski Award for Undergraduate Education and the UM System President’s Award for Community Engagement.