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Benjamin Chambers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice
Ben Chambers
344 Goodwin Hall (MC 0218)
635 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D. Environmental Design and Planning, BioBuild, Virginia Tech, 2018
M.S. Entomology, Virginia Tech, 2017
M.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2014
B.S. Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University, 2006

Teaching/Courses Taught

Foundations of Engineering I (ENGE 1215)
Foundations of Engineering II (ENGE 1216)
Create! Ideation and Innovation (ENGE 2094)


Ben Chambers is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with three degrees from Virginia Tech, including an MS Civil Infrastructure Engineering, MS Entomology, and a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning as part of the BioBuild Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. Ben also has professional experience in utility-scale wind power development. His educational research interests include student creativity and expression, as well as the built environment as an educational tool for engineering, biology, and ecology. He is also interested in animal interactions with buildings, particularly overwintering stink bugs.

Research Interests

  • Creativity and self-expression in engineering courses
  • The built environment as a learning tool for engineering, biology, and ecology
  • Insect interactions with buildings

Recent Publications

Chambers, B.D., Reichard, G., Kuhar, T.K., Leskey, T.C., Pearce, A.R., (2021) “Exploring thermal contrast in walls as a possible factor in the winter shelter seeking behavior of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)” Journal of Entomological Science 56 (1), 111-115

Chambers, B.D., Kuhar, T.P., Leskey, T.C., Reichard, G., Pearce, A.R., (2020) Negative Gravitaxis in Overwintering Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 36 (1), 109-114

Chambers, B.D., Leskey, T.C., Cullum, J.P., Kuhar, T.P, Pearce, A.R., (2020) Cavity Tightness Preferences of Overwintering Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 113 (3), 1572-1575

Matusovich, H., Murzi, H., Gray, D., Chambers, B.D., James, M. (2020) ""An Autoethnography: Outcomes from Faculty Engagement in Course Development in a Large First-Year Engineering Program"", ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition 2020, First-Year Programs Division, Online. June 22-26.

Chambers, B.D., Kuhar, T.K., Reichard, G., Leskey, T.C., Pearce, A.R. (2019) “Size Restrictions on the Passage of Overwintering Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) through Openings.” Journal of Economic Entomology, toz010 | Abstract

Chambers, B.D., Leskey, T.C., Pearce, A.R., Kuhar, T.K. (2019) “Responses of Overwintering Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to Dead Conspecifics.” Journal of Economic Entomology, toz011 | Abstract 

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Engineering Education
American Society of Civil Engineers
Entomological Society of America