Dr. Walter Lee has been named 2020 Nunnally Outstanding Engineering Education Faculty. Endowed by Charles "Butch" and Joan Nunnally, the award recognizes exemplary performance in teaching, advising, research, scholarship and outreach.

Dr. Lee's career is marked by "an unapologetic dedication to student support and student-ceteredness," as highlighted in his nomination. His commitment and dedication has led to several awards and recognition, including the Outstanding Mentor Award (CoE) from the Virginia Tech Graduate School; the Faculty/Staff of the Year Award from the Virginia Tech’s Black Male Excellence Network; the College of Engineering's Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award; the 2018 Young Alumnus Award from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences of Clemson University; and PRISM Magazine's 20 High-achieving Researchers and Educators under 40. He is the recipient of several research grants, one of which is the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Lee is an alumnus of the department's Ph.D. program, and joined the faculty of the Department of Engineering Education in 2015 soon after earning his degree. He also serves as Assistant Director of Research in the College of Engineering's Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity.