Dante Della Vella has a Masters Degree in Cognitive Systems Engineering and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Throughout his studies, Dante minored in Science and Technology Studies and served as International Projects Lead for the OSU chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB OSU). Dante led multiple humanitarian engineering projects through EWB OSU, including leading two on-site teams during the construction and evaluation of an agricultural irrigation system in N'jau, The Gambia.
Dante worked as a research associate in the Cognitive Systems Engineering Lab (CSEL) while completing his masters degree. During this time he led and worked on multiple cutting edge Human-Machine teaming research projects. These studies focused on analyzing team architectures to identify patterns of challenge and ease in collaboration between people and automated agents. Dante's work aimed to make socio-technical systems of people and automated agents more resilient by bolstering their ability to adapt to changes in the world around them.
Dante's masters thesis built off of this work and pivoted from investigating system resilience in industry to society. Dante's thesis focused on the generation of new technological capabilities to meet pressing societal needs. This was done through the creation and operation of a mobile covid testing pop-up station during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dante began working at the Western Norway Research Institute in May of 2023 to continue pursuing research into the resilience of communities themselves as layered socio-technical systems.