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Wm. Michael Butler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice
Mike Butler
629 McBryde Hall (MC 0218)
225 Stanger St
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D. Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 2012
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1995
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1989

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Research Interests

  • Vehicle Design
  • Engineering Workforce Preparation

Teaching/Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Engineering
  • Introductory Industry Design Experience

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Nunally Outstanding Engineering Education Faculty Member Award

Recent Publications

  • Butler, W.M., Reid, K.J., “Introducing Engineering Students to Industry,” AIAA SciTech Forum, January 6-10, 2020, Orlando, Florida.

  • Butler, W.M., “Introducing Engineering Design Through an Aerospace-Based Project,” AIAA SciTech Forum, January 7-11, 2019, San Diego, California.

  • Lo, J.L., Hodges, K.J., Butler, W.M., Knott, T., “Expanded Advice from Coordinators of Large- enrollment First-year Engineering Courses,” ASEE Annual Conference, June 26-29, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Butler, W.M., “A Study of Aerospace Engineering Student Professional Persistence,” ASEE Annual Conference, June 14-17, 2015, Seattle, Washington.

Career Highlights

  • Lockheed Martin: 1989-2013
  • Virginia Tech: 2013-Present