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Reid Bailey

Position: Associate Professor
Office: Olsson 114B
Phone: 434-924-6352
Fax: 434-982-2972
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Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, Duke University


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. His work centers on interdisciplinary engineering design, design education, and the environment.

With a focus on integrating real world engineering work into classes, Reid:

  • led the development of and currently co-directs 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.

  • created and currently leads two study abroad programs at the University of Virginia; UVA in Argentina which is focused on projects with wineries in Mendoza, Argentina and UVA in Sweden which is focused on environmental sustainability projects with clients near Lund, Sweden

  • 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 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 2007-2015 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

Research Interests:

  • Engineering Education, Engineering Design, Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs
  • Focusing on questions including:
    • What can be done to increase the engineering design process knowledge of students?
    • What factors influence the development of interdisciplinary understanding and skills in engineering students?

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Representative Publications:

  1. Gruenther, K., Wilson, J., Plucker, C., Hashmi, H., and Reid Bailey (2009). The influence of prior industrial experience and multidisciplinary teamwork on student design learning in a capstone design course. Design Studies.
  2. Bailey, R. (2008). Measuring material cycling in industrial systems. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling.
  3. 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.
  4. Bailey, R., Bras, B., and Janet K. Allen (2004). Applying Ecological Input-Output Flow Analysis to Material Flows In Industrial Systems, Part I: tracing flows & Part II: flow metrics. Journal of Industrial Ecology.
  5. Bailey, R., Bras, B., and Janet K. Allen (2000). Using Response Surfaces to Improve the Search for Satisfactory Behavior in System Dynamics Models. System Dynamics Review.

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