BSE, Duke University, 1995​​MSME, Georgia Tech, 1997Ph.D., ​Georgia Tech, 2000

"I design, run, and research educational initiatives and interdisciplinary programs at the intersection of engineering design, systems thinking, and sustainability."

Reid Bailey, Professor

Reid Bailey joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2006, after he had held faculty posts at the University of Dayton and the University of Arizona, where he was the Lockheed Martin Assistant Professor of Engineering Design. With a focus on integrating real world engineering work into classes, Reid:

  • created and currently leads two study abroad programs at the University of Virginia: UVA in Argentina which focuses on projects with wineries in Mendoza, Argentina and UVA in Sweden which focuses on environmental sustainability projects with clients near Lund, Sweden
  • led the development of the Technology Leaders Program, an interdisciplinary undergraduate engineering design program at the University of Virginia, including co-creating the Rice 120 Lacy Engineering Design Studio, a maker-type space at UVa.
  • coordinated and taught capstone programs at all three schools, personally mentoring dozens of industry-supported capstone teams
  • continually integrates real world projects with actual clients into first-year engineering design courses including teaching a section of ENGR 1620 at UVa and leading the first-year engineering design course at Arizona (roughly 800 students per year)
  • leads student-focused engineering design conferences including chairing the IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium at UVa from 2007-2016 and co-founding Engineering Design Day at Arizona, the largest annual display of student work in the College of Engineering
  • co-authored a design-centered textbook written specifically for first-year engineering students, Becoming a Technical Professional
  • authored numerous publications on engineering design education and industrial ecology.


  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, (elected by students) Systems and Information Engineering 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2023
  • University of Virginia Excellence in Education Abroad Award 2014
  • Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium Best Paper 2007, 2015, 2017, 2018 (2x)
  • ASEE Annual Conference, Systems Engineering Division Best Paper 2012
  • Hartfield-Jefferson Teaching Award 2011

Research Interests

  • Engineering Design Education
  • Interdisciplinary Design Teamwork
  • Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology

Selected Publications

  • Don’t Tell Me What You Know, Tell Me What You Would Actually Do! Comparing Two Design Learning Assessment Approaches. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. Bailey, R. 2016.
  • The Challenge of Developing Transferable Problem Formulation Design Behaviors in First-year Students. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. Bailey, R. 2015.
  • Investigating Pattern in Design Performance of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Engineering Student Teams. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. McFarland, M. and R. Bailey. 2015.
  • The influence of prior industry experience and multidisciplinary teamwork on student design learning in a capstone design course. Design Studies 30(6): 721-736. Gruenther, K., R. Bailey, J. Wilson, C. Plucker and H. Hashmi, 2009.
  • Measuring material cycling in industrial systems. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling 52(4): p. 643-652. Bailey, R., 2008.
  • A comparative study on undergraduate and practicing engineer knowledge of the roles of problem definition and idea generation in design. International Journal of Engineering Education 24(2): p. 226-233. Bailey, R., 2008.
  • Effects of industrial experience and coursework during sophomore and junior years on student learning of engineering design. Journal of Mechanical Design 129 (7): p. 662-667. Bailey, R., 2007.

Courses Taught

  • ENGR 1410 and 1420 Synthesis Design I and II
  • SYS 2001 Systems Engineering Concepts
  • SYS 3034 Systems Evaluation
  • SYS 3048 Integrated Systems Design
  • SYS 2/3054 UVa in Argentina & UVa in Sweden
  • SYS 4053/4 Capstone Design