David D. Wanless

David D. Wanless


  • Associate Teaching Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Graduate Program Director, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • PhD, Leadership Studies, Marian University
  • MS, Organizational Leadership and Quality, Marian College (now Marian University)
  • BS, Industrial Technology, University of Wisconsin-Platteville


David Wanless is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Michigan Tech. His areas of expertise are quality, manufacturing, management, leadership, and process control in mechanical engineering technology. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Progressive Security Group, which is a student organization on campus.

Wanless is active in the International Leadership Association and volunteers his time as a program reviewer for the Leadership Educators Institute. In 2009, he gave the following presentation on campus: Cyberethics: Why an Ethical Foundation is Important in the Cyber Technology Industry.

Research Interests

  • Leader development
  • Electric vehicles
  • Ethical theory and applications

Teaching Interests

  • Applied fluid power
  • Computer-cyber ethics and policy
  • Internal-combustion engines
  • Leadership in complex organizations
  • Quality techniques
  • Senior design