Dr. Walter Lee joined the Department of Engineering Education as an assistant professor after
graduating from the department in May of 2015. He came to Virginia Tech in 2010 after graduating
from Clemson University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and has been an active member of the
campus community since. At Virginia Tech, in addition to his appointment in EngE, Lee is the
Assistant Director for Research in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED).
Lee's research interests include co-curricular support, student success, and diversity. His career
vision is to be a driving force in the national efforts to diversify engineering and ensure that
institutions provide students with the necessary support to succeed regardless of their background.
Among his honors and awards, Lee received a 2012 NSF GRFP Award and was named Graduate
Student of the Year Award at Virginia Tech for 2013-2014. Lee received an ASEE Apprentice
Faculty Grant Award in 2015.
Awards & Honors
- PhD finalist, Paul E. Torgersen Graduate Research Award
- Best Division Paper (Minorities in Engineering Division)
- ASEE 2014 Annual Conference Recipient, Graduate Student of the Year Award (2013-2014), Virginia Tech
- Finalist, Graduate Man of the Year Award, Virginia Tech
- Recipient, Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
- Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
- Recipient, Diversity Award, Virginia Tech Black Graduate Student Organization Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Lee, W.C., Matusovich, H.M and Brown, P.R (2014). Measuring underrepresented student perceptions of inclusion within engineering departments and universities. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(1), 150-165.
Lee, W.C., Kajfez, R.L. and Matusovich H.M. (2013). Motivating engineering students: Evaluating an engineering student support center with the MUSIC model of academic motivation (JWM6747). Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 19(3), 245-271.
Lee, W.C., and Matusovich, H.M. (2015). Minority/multicultural engineering program impact: A student perspective of co-curricular support. Proceedings - ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA
Lee, W.C., Cross, K.J., and Ogilvie, A.M., (2015). Recruitment & retention efforts in engineering education: A proposed strategy for benchmarking. Proceedings - ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA
Lee, W.C., Seimetz, C.N, and Amelink, C.T. (2014). Examining the transition to engineering: A multi-case study of six diversity summer bridge program participants. Proceedings - ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.* Best Division Paper (Minorities in Engineering Division) at the ASEE 2014 Annual Conference
Lee, W.C. and Matusovich, H.M. (2013). Common configurations for engineering student support centers. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education, Oklahoma City, OK.
Lee, W.C. and Cross K. (2013). Help me help you: Building a support network for minority engineering students. Proceedings - ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.
Cutler, S., Lee, W.C. and McNair L.D. (2012). Easing into engineering education: An orientation program for graduate students. Proceedings - ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.
Louis, R.A., Mohammadi-Aragh, M.J. and Lee, W.C. (2011).
Wait... There is a Ph.D. in engineering education? The first-year experience of three students in an engineering education department. Paper presented at the ASEE Southeastern Section Annual Conference, Starkville, MS.
Matusovich, H., Lee, W.C., Janeski, J.A. and Winters K.E. (2011). How instructors and classroom climate contribute to the motivation of first-year engineering students
. Proceedings - ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, Canada.
Walter Lee's Curriculum Vitae