Dr. Kay C Dee


Kay C Dee is the Interim Head of the Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, the Associate Dean for Learning and Technology and a Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering.  In 2004 she joined the Faculty at Rose-Hulman, and in 2007 she served as the founding Director of the Rose-Hulman Center for the Practice and Scholarship of Education. 

Dr. Dee has received a number of awards for teaching, research, and mentoring, including the Louisiana "Professor of the Year" award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the Tulane University President’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; the Graduate Alliance for Education in Louisiana Award for Excellence in Mentoring Minority Researchers; the honor to serve as a Teaching Fellow for the National Effective Teaching Institute; and more. 

Dr. Dee routinely gives workshops on teaching and learning, and is part of the team that provides Rose-Hulman’s annual Making Academic Change Happen workshop.  She is also an author of the textbook An Introduction to Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions (John Wiley & Sons), serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, and is an author of many peer-reviewed publications in the areas of engineering education, biomaterials, and tissue engineering.  More than 50 graduate and undergraduate students have worked with Dr. Dee on research to control biochemical and mechanical events at the interfaces between living cells and their surroundings.

Areas of Academic Research and Specialization:

  • Active and Kinesthetic Learning
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions

Dee Kay C

Kay C Dee, Ph.D.

Interim Head of the Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, Associate Dean of Learning and Technology, Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering

Email: dee@rose-hulman.edu
Phone: 812-877-8502
Office: Moench D217


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 1996
  • M.Eng., Biomedical Engineering, 1994

Carnegie Mellon University

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1992


AB101: Essential Biology

BE100: Problem-Solving in the Biological Sciences and Engineering

ES201: Conservation and Accounting Principles

BE390: Principles of Biomedical Engineering Design

BE410: Biomedical Engineering Design I

BE420: Biomedical Engineering Design II

BE430: Biomedical Engineering Design III

BE560: Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions

BE565: Experimental Methods in Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions