A224 Thornton Hall
351 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904


Kathryn Neeley has been on the faculty of the School of Engineering & Applied Science since 1979 and might be best described as a recovering English major who found her calling in the most unexpected of places: engineering. She began her career as a writer, editor, and producer who worked on research teams in materials science and chemical engineering and developed print and video materials to promote SEAS research programs. These experiences provided her with both a broad view and a first-hand knowledge of engineering research, design, and culture. She is inspired by the potential of technology to promote human flourishing and by an understanding of engineering as a potentially ideal combination of practicality and vision.


Ph.D., English Literature, Language, and Pedagogy, University of Virginia, 1989

M.A., English, University of Virginia, 1979

B.A., English, University of South Carolina, 1976

Selected Publications

Technology and Democracy: A Sociotechnical Systems Approach. 2010
Liberal Education for 21st Century Engineering: Responses to ABET 2000. 2003 - With David Ollis and Heinz Luegenbiehl.
“Engineering Leadership as Principled Nonconformity” 2015

Courses Taught

STS 1500: Technology and Democracy
STS 2500: The Curious History of Wine in Virginia
STS 2500: Jefferson in France, 1787: Culture, Agriculture, and Commerce
STS 4500: STS and Engineering Practice
STS 4600: The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility


Seven Society Teaching Recognition 2015 and 2006
Harold S. Morton Award for Teaching 2010
Henry St. George Tucker Award for Dedication to the Honor Committee 2007
Raven Society Faculty Award 2006
Sterling Olmsted Award for Innovative Contributions to the Liberal Arts in Engineering Education 2003