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Bevlee Watford, Ph.D.

  • Associate Dean, Equity and Engagement, College of Engineering
  • Executive Director, Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
Bev Watford
Bev Watford
212 Hancock Hall (0275)
490 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D. Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Virginia Tech, 1985
M.S. Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Virginia Tech, 1983
B.S. Mining Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1981

Research Interests

  • Undergraduate student support programs
  • Diversity


Dr. Watford is the Associate Dean for Equity and Engagement and the Executive Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED). The Equity and Engagement office is resonsible for the recruitment and retention of diverse students, both undergraduate and graduate. This includes a wide array of programs developed and implemented for precollege students as well as programs supporting the academic, professional and personal development of current students."

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, ASEE

  • 2010 Claire Felbinger Diversity Award from ABET

  • 2011 NSBE-Exxonmobil Impact award for implementing successful research based efforts to improve retention

  • 2008 WEPAN Founders Award in recognition of her service to WEPAN and her efforts to increase the participation of women in the engineering profession.