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Walter Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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373 Goodwin Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D. Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 2015

M.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2013

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Clemson University, 2010


Research Interests:
  • Co-curricular Support
  • Student Success/Retention
  • Inclusive Diversity
  • STEM Learning Environments
Dr. Walter Leee is committed to ensuring that institutions provide students with the necessary support to succeed, regardless of their backgrounds. His vision of a more inclusive and diverse engineering community - both locally and nationally - inspired the creation of his research group: GUIDE, or Growing in our Understanding of Inclusive Diversity in Engineering. The mission of GUIDE is to: (1) conduct practice-informed research focused on identifying areas of opportunity within engineering education to advance inclusion and diversity; and (2) develop/evaluate research- based solutions for making engineering a more inclusive and diverse environment. Notably, GUIDE is a unique and collaborative effort between engineering education researchers and student-support practitioners, directly bridging the research-to- practice cycle.

Biography

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


Publications

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. 


Curriculum Vitae

Walter Lee's Curriculum Vitae


 
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