Michael Gregg, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Education
A member of the university community since 1992, Gregg made significant contributions to the Engineering Fundamentals and Engineering Education programs. He co-founded programs students encounter early in their plan of study including the engineering fundamentals take-apart lab and the Rising Freshman Abroad Program, and activity in the American Society for Engineering Education First-Year Program Division and Director of the Green Engineering Program.
In the classroom, Gregg taught thousands of engineering students in a variety of undergraduate courses ranging across the engineering fundamentals and engineering education curricula. He co-founded and directed the Frith First-Year Design Laboratory, or Frith Lab, which aids in the retention and development of young engineers through hands-on learning, peer mentoring, and authentic problem-solving.
Gregg received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Bucknell University.
O. Hayden Griffin, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Education
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1985, Griffin has provided effective leadership as head of the Department of Engineering Education, as director of the Division of Engineering Fundamentals, and as the college’s associate dean for academic affairs. Griffin led the transformation of the Division of Engineering Fundamentals to become a nationally recognized Department of Engineering Education by expanding and diversifying the faculty, by creating a positive departmental environment, and by establishing one of the nation’s first doctoral programs in engineering education.
Griffin also led the conception, design, realization, and operation of the Joseph F. Ware, Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory, which is a signature laboratory within the College of Engineering and an inspiration for the engineering curricula’s description as “hands-on, minds-on” education.
His strong commitment to excellence as an educator was recognized by his peers with numerous awards including the Certificate of Teaching Excellence, the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, and induction into the university’s Academy of Teaching Excellence.
Griffin is currently a professor and chair of the engineering department at East Carolina University (ECU). ECU has a new, just accredited Bachelor of Science degree program in engineering.
Griffin received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Thomas Walker, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Education
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1988, Walker championed the use of appropriate educational technologies and pedagogies to empower student learning and respond to a changing world. He received both the university's XCaliber Award and the college's W.S. “Pete” White Innovation in Engineering Education Award.
Walker developed and taught a wide variety of undergraduate general engineering courses, critically rethinking his teaching methods to incorporate more active learning strategies in his courses, an effort that earned him recognition as a Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholar by the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence.
Walker held leadership roles in professional organizations, including the American Society for Engineering Education and the college’s curriculum committee, which he chaired for many years.
Walker earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.