Dr. Kay C Dee specializes in cell and tissue engineering, biomaterials, and engineering education. She is a member of the American Institute for Medical & Biomedical Engineering’s College of Fellows, an honor reserved for the nation’s top two percent of medical and biological engineers. Dr. Dee also is a passionate educator and enjoys the opportunities that Rose-Hulman provides to work closely with students. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the National Science Foundation have recognized her teaching skill. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Dee enjoys knitting as a way to both relax and be creative.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineers, 2015
  • Honorary Alumnus Designation, Alumni Association, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2013
  • Excellence in Service, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Louisiana Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Biomedical Engineering, 1996
M. Eng., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Biomedical Engineering, 1994
BS, Carnegie Mellon University, Chemical Engineering, 1992

Research Interests

  • Cell and tissue engineering
  • Tissue-biomaterial interactions
  • Engineering education
  • Academic change

Select Publications & Presentations

  • “Making Academic Change Happen,” Multi-Day Intensive Workshop Delivered Annually and Upon Request to Faculty, Administrators, and Graduate Students Worldwide
  • “Active Learning in the Classroom: Beyond Activities – Evidence, Analysis, Action,” Workshop Delivered Upon Request
  • “Telling Your Story: Preparing a Compelling Teaching Portfolio,” Workshop Delivered Upon Request
  • Dee, K. C, “Student Perceptions of High Course Workloads are not Associated with Poor Student Evaluations of Instructor Performance,” Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 96(1), 69-78, 2007
  • Gentleman, E. D., Nauman, E. A., Dee, K. C, and Livesay, G. A., “Short Collagen Fibers Provide Control of Contraction and Permeability in Fibroblast-Seeded Collagen Gels,” Tissue Engineering, Vol. 10(3), 421-427, 2004
  • Kay, S., Bilek,  A. M., Dee, K. C, and Gaver, D. P., “Pressure Gradient, Not Exposure Duration, Determines the Extent of Epithelial Cell Damage in a Model of Pulmonary Airway Reopening,” Journal of Applied Physiology, Vol. 97, 269-276, 2004
  • Dee, K. C, Puleo, D. A., and Bizios, R., An Introduction to Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002

Teaching Interests

  • Tissue-biomaterial interactions
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Engineering design
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