The Department of Engineering Education has a unique role of preparing first-year and transfer students for matriculation into engineering disicplines and doctoral students for careers focused on improving how engineering is taught and learned.  Throught innovative course offerings and degree programs, our students are inspired to pursue their interests  while achieving their goals.  The department actively promotes a culture of positive advising and faculty menoring to support student development, advancement, and success.

Our Graduate Program


Our graduate program emphasizes an ongoing dialogue between research and practice and a commitment to continuous curriculum enhancement.  Many of our graduate students share their knowledge and gain professional experience by teaching and coordinating classes in our undergraduate program.  Others engage in assessment projects and learn to apply their knowledge in non-university contexts.

Our Ph.D. program is ideal for students who are drawn to research as a means to become leaders in engineering education.

Our Undergraduate Program

Our undergraduate program provides an innovative learning environment that serves all first-year and transfer engineering students.  The program embraces a hands-on, minds-on approach, which leverages the latest advances in educational technologies to fully engage students in the learning experience.  

To reach our learning goals, students are immersed in creative environments that allow them to discover and practice engineering problem-solving in a variety of contexts.

What's New?

Engineering Education Celebrates 50 Years!

This year we celebrate 50 remarkable years of engineering education at Virginia Tech!  We were founded in 1967 as the Division of Engineering Fundamentals and then later formed into the Department of Engineering Education in 2004.  We celebrate our first-year program, our graduate program, our faculty, staff and all of our students who have made the last 50 years so successful.  We look forward to continuing our adventure together over the next 50 years.


Newest Ph.D. Candidates

Kirsten Davis

Congratulations to our new Ph.D. candidate, Kirsten Davis for successfully passing her preliminary exam. Kirsten's dissertation will explore global competence in the engineering workforce. Kirsten is advised by Dr. David Knight.





Mayra Artiles

Congratulations to our new Ph.D. candidate, Mayra Artiles for passing her preliminary exam. Mayra's dissertation will focus on the intersections of doctoral policies and procedures around student advisor choice.  Mayra is advised by Dr. Holly Matusovich.


David Reeping

Congratulations to our new Ph.D. candidate, David Reeping for passing his preliminary exam. David's dissertation will focus on the process of vertical transfer, moving from a community college to a four-year university, from an economic/information-processing perspective. The focus will be placed on characterizing the information asymmetry in the exchange of credits that impacts students once they integrate into the four-year institution. 

David is advised by Dr. David Knight.



Two Ph.D. Candidates to be Inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Bouchet Society

Darren Maczka and Michelle Soledad, both Ph.D. Candidates in Engineering Education have been selected to be inducted into the Virginia Tech chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.  Read more 


Newcomer Named Advisor of the Month

James Newcomer

James Newcomer has been selected as the February Advisor of the Month from the Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Advising.  Congratulations, James!







Spingola Named Member of Iota Delta Rho

Liz Spingola

Ph.D. Candidate, Elizabeth Spingola recently became a full member of Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at Virginia Tech.  

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NSF Grant Awarded

Diana Bairaktarova and Scott Huxtable

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $338,798 grant to Dr. Diana Bairaktarova as PI and Dr. Scott Huxtable as CoPI of VT Mechanical Engineering. Their project is titled: Examining the impact of mechanical objects in students learning of thermodynamics-related engineering problems.


Sreyoshi Bhaduri Successfully Defends her Doctoral Dissertation

Sreyoshi's dissertation is entitled, "NLP in Engineering Education: Demonstrating the use of Natural Language Processing techniques for use in Engineering Education classrooms and research." Sreyoshi is advised by Dr. Holly Matusovich. Congratulations, Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri!

Sreyoshi Bhaduri's Committee


Lilianny Virgüez Successfully Defends her Doctoral Dissertation

Lily's dissertation is entitled, "A quantitative analysis of first-year engineering students’ courses perceptions and motivational beliefs in two introductory engineering courses."  Lily is advised by Dr. Ken Reid.  Congratulations to Dr. Lilianny Virgüez!

Lily Virguez and Committee


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