Dr. Ken Reid

Kenneth Reid, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
365 Goodwin Hall
Blacksburg, Va 24061




Ph.D. Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2009
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1994
B.S. Computer and Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1988

Research Interests:

  • Classifying first-year engineering courses and programs
  • Studying student success and retention in first-year engineering
  • Engineering in K-12, and relating engineering to state educational standards
  • International service learning experiences

Dr. Reid has been involved in curriculum design in the first year of engineering including incorporating active and project-based learning. He has been involved in curriculum design in K-12 for a number of states, including tying the courses to existing and developing educational standards.

He has developed the "First-Year Engineering Classification Scheme" and is working on models to identify different foci within the first year, and how the taxonomy can be used as part of analysis of first year programs. He is also working to identify whether targeted activities within a course can have a effect on teaming within engineering courses.


Dr. Kenneth Reid earned his PhD in Engineering Education in 2009. His research interests include success in first-year engineering, engineering in K-12, introducing entrepreneurship into engineering, and international service and engineering. He is active in engineering within K-12, serving on the Boards of Directors of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and Solid Rock International. Among his awards is the William Elgin Wickenden award in 2014 for an article co-authored in the Journal of Engineering Education, and an IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award in 2013 for designing the nation's first B.S. degree in Engineering Education. He was named NETI Faculty Fellow for 2013-2014, and the Herbert F. Alter Chair of Engineering (Ohio Northern University) in 2010. He is active in service learning in engineering and serves on the Board of Directors for Solid Rock International, helping with missions to the Dominican Republic. He has written two texts in Digital Electronics, including the text used by Project Lead the Way.

Awards & Honors:

  • William Elgin Wickenden Award, American Society for Engineering Education, Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
  • Best Paper, Educational Research and Methods Division, ASEE, 2014
  • IEEE-USA Individual Professional Achievement Award, 2013
  • Faculty Fellow, National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI), 2013

Selected Publications:

Kenneth Reid, David Reeping and Elizabeth Spingola: A taxonomy for the Introduction to Engineering Courses, International Journal of Engineering Education, 34(1), 2018.

Beth Holloway, Teri Reed-Rhoads, P.K. Imbrie and Kenneth Reid: A Case Study of Policy Change: Admissions Practices Focusing on Undergraduate Engineering, Journal of Engineering Education special issue on Educational Policy, April 2014.

Engineering Design and the Product Life Cycle, ISBN: 978-1606505625, Kenneth J. Reid and John Estell, Momentum Press, © 2017

Introductory Engineering Mathmatics, ISBN: 978-1606509098, David Reeping and Kenneth J. Reid, Momentum Press, © 2016

The Application of Mathmatics in the Engineering Disciplines, ISBN: 978-1606509074, David Reeping and Kenneth J. Reid, Momentum Press, © 2018

Principles of Applied Engineering Student Edition -- Texas -- CTE/School, ISBN: 978-0134428017, Reid / Reeping based on works by Stephan, Bowman, Park, Sill & Ohland, © 2016 

Digital Electronics, ISBN: 978-1439060001, Robert K. Dueck and Kenneth J. Reid, Delmar Cengage Learning, © 2012

Introduction to Digital Design, ISBN: 1418041025, Kenneth Reid and Robert Dueck, Delmar, © 2007