Richard “Dick” A. Dieffenderfer is the director of the Ohio State Fair Technology and Engineering Showcase and other STEM program event exhibits. Richard’s 49-year career began when he graduated from Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey) in 1962 with a degree in Industrial Arts. His postgraduate formal education includes a master’s from Trenton State College in 1966 and a doctrate from The Ohio State University in 1974.
In retirement, Dick is engaged in the technological literacy STEM outreach efforts of the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association, including the 75th Annual ITEEA Conference in Columbus, Director of the Ohio State Fair Technology and Engineering Showcase and other STEM program event exhibits.
Dick’s early experience includes teaching industrial arts for a U.S. Peace Corps program in Malaysia from 1963 to 1965. Dick also engaged in curriculum materials research and development for 11 years at the former National Center for Research in Vocational Education at The Ohio State University. In addition, Dick served as director of pre-vocational work experience for four years at Buckeye Boys Ranch, a residential program for severe-behavior problem youth.
Dick serves on the steering committee for the Ohio region’s section of the National Engineers Week’s Future City Competition and was a frequent contributor to International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) teacher IdeaGarden LISTserv. He was state coordinator for the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) and the Ohio representative to ITEEA’s Center to Advance the Teaching of Technology and Science (CATTS) Engineering by Design K-12 STEM curriculum consortium. Additionally, Dick was involved in providing resources and information to Ohio technology education teachers.
In 2007, he was named to the Ohio Technology Education Association (OTEA) Academy of Fellows. He holds life memberships in the International Technology Education Association and Career Technical Education Association. Other memberships included K-12 section of the American Association for Engineering Education (ASEE). In 2012, Dick received the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Council for Supervision and Leadership Distinguished Service Award.