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Reid Bailey

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Reid Bailey


Reid was appointed Principal of the IRC in August 2018. 

Joining UVA in 2006 after faculty positions at the University of Dayton and University of Arizona, Reid has committed his career to educating students about engineering design.  From being an educator himself to researching how people learn design, all of his work comes back to engineering design education and systems thinking – largely due to his childhood fascination with creating things.  At UVA, Reid led the creation of the Technology Leaders Program and Design Integration Minor – both focused on interdisciplinary design.  He also founded study abroad programs in Argentina and Sweden that have given hundreds of students direct experience with professional work in a global setting.  Reid's MSME and PhD are both from Georgia Tech in mechanical engineering while his BSE in mechanical engineering is from Duke University.

Outside of work, Reid loves mountain biking and whitewater canoeing, two activities that let him explore our world in ways he otherwise could not. Racing on the U.S. Wildwater Canoe and Kayak team was actually what first took Reid off of this continent, heading to races across Europe in 1998. 


You are welcome here – just as you are.

My wife, Elaine, and two children, Julia and Linwood, hope you are as excited to join the IRC community as we are.  The IRC has elevated our connections with the entirety of UVA and made us feel a part of a welcoming, self-actualized academic community.  We have found the IRC to be an amazingly vibrant and welcoming place where many students find their home away from home.  The value placed at the IRC on understanding and respecting others who are different from yourself starts, but does not end, with our focus on embracing cultures from around the globe. 

My goals include getting to know our students (come and say Hi! anywhere you see us, on grounds or off!) and empowering all of our students to not just attend, but create events that advance the IRC's mission.