Donny Burke has over nine years of experience in the bioengineering field, during which he has made extensive contributions to consumer products safety. He is an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and is the Associate Director of the Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Master of Engineering Program. He teaches Hazard Analysis and Waste Elimination, Human Performance and Engineering Design, and Crisis Leadership and Safety-Critical Design. In the private sector he worked as a Senior Research Engineer and Project Manager for the biomedical engineering firm, BioEchoes, which specializes in providing customized solutions to government, corporate, and legal organizations in system safety, product design and development, injury prevention and serious mishap analysis, and ethical leadership training. Donny has been published in numerous scientific journals and conference proceedings, has delivered technical presentations around the world, and has patented devices on motor vehicle restraint design. He is currently an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He was the founding president of the ASSE student section at UAB and is now the section's faculty advisor. Donny holds dual B.S. degrees from UAB - Biology with honors and Biomedical Engineering and has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering.
Donny and his wife, Nikole, have two young daughters, Avery, 7 and Elle, 3. Family time is mostly spent on trips to the beach, visiting out-of-state family, or simply working in the garden at home.