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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.



BSE, Duke University, 1995​

MSME, Georgia Tech, 1997

Ph.D., ​Georgia Tech, 2000

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


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.

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


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