BS, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder; PE
Professor Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology. Appointments at RIT include the Founding Director of AdvanceRIT Program (2012-2020), the Co-Chair of the President’s Commission on Women (2007-2020), the inaugural Sr. Faculty Associate to the Provost for Women Faculty (2010 –2018), the Founding Director of WE@RIT (2004-2011) and the inaugural Kate Gleason Endowed Chair (2003-2009). Dr. Bailey teaches courses and conducts research in the areas of Thermodynamics, engineering and public policy, engineering education, and gender in engineering and science.
Professor Bailey serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on several NSF funded efforts, including the RIT ADVANCE IT-Catalyst grant (2008-2011, PI) which led to the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant (2012-2019, PI) and an ADVANCE Partnership grant focused on faculty salary equity practices and study (2021-2026, co-PI). Dr. Bailey also serves as a co-PI on two related NSF funded projects - “Understanding the Role of Affinity Groups on the Advancement of Women of Color in the Engineering Academy – a Workshop” (2020 – 2022, co-PI) and a PFE:RIEF grant focused on "Understanding the Relationships between Gender, Self-Efficacy, and Extracurricular Activities in the Professional Formation of Engineers" (2021-2023, co-PI).
Efforts led by Dr. Bailey have resulted in impactful new programs, practices, and policies as well as a dedicated ADVANCE unit within the Office of the Provost and the women in engineering center, WE@RIT, within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, both of which have been nationally recognized. In August 2021, RIT was one of ten universities awarded the National Institute of Health (NIH) Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science, which is in large part due to the impact of the RIT ADVANCE program. WE@RIT received the WEPAN 2008 Women in Engineering Program Award in recognition of the program’s offerings and impact for diversifying engineering. Dr. Bailey is a recipient of the national Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award, the RIT Edwina Award for Gender Diversity and Inclusiveness, and the RIT Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Faculty Pluralism Award.
Dr. Bailey is the co-author on an engineering textbook published through Wiley, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, which is used worldwide in over 250 institutions. She also co-edited a volume called Women in Mechanical Engineering - Energy and the Environment for inclusion within Springer’s Women in Engineering Series. Dr. Bailey is an author on over 85 peer-reviewed publications and a registered professional engineer in the state of NJ. .
In the News
March 17, 2023
RIT honors engineering legacy of Kate Gleason
Spectrum News highlights the Hot Wheelz solar vehicle team as part of a feature on engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kate Gleason.
January 9, 2023
Pursuing the promise of Title IX
Fifty years ago, Title IX set the stage for change. But the reason why RIT now has more women faculty, administrators, coaches, and exemplary students is that women acted. Prior generations of women invested their careers to make RIT a better version of itself, including winning two transformative grants from the National Science Foundation focused on gender equity.
October 31, 2019
To Close the STEM Gender Gap, We Have to Address the Hard Issues
Women 2.0 talks to Jeanne Christman, associate professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology, and Margaret Bailey, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.