Lisa Murray


BS in Biomedical Engineering, Western New England University

M.Ed. in Secondary Education, American International College

MSEM in Engineering Management, Western New England University

PhD in Engineering Management, Western New England University


Dr. Murray is an alumna of Western New England University’s Biomedical Engineering Department ’04 and the Industrial and Engineering Management Department ’18 and ’22. She worked as an Engineering Lab Supervisor at Western New England University for 10 years and joined the faculty of the First-year program in 2022. She worked as a teacher in the K-12 setting and as an environmental analyst after graduating from Western New England University. Dr. Murray is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in the First Year Program.


Dr. Murray’s research focuses on workforce development, design for additive manufacturing, design for manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, process improvement, project management, engineering education, and culturally sustaining and responsive pedagogies. Her research interest involves medical manufacturing, embedded sensor systems in medical devices, and quality system regulation of medical devices. Dr. Murray’s work has been funded by Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), the American Society for Engineering (ASEE), and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Technology & Innovation Ecosystem Awards Program.

Publications & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Murray has published papers in professional conferences. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering (ASEE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings/presentations

Murray, L.K., Kwaczala, A.T., “Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Culture-Related Design in First Year Engineering Curriculum: A Work in Progress,” in Proceedings of the 130th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore, MD, June 24-27, 2023

Murray, L.K., Ekong, J., Niknam, S.A., and Rust, M.J., “A Framework for Implementing Design for Additive Manufacturing Methods in First-Year Engineering Curriculum: Investigating the effects of specialized training on engineering design and student self-efficacy,” ASEE Annual Conference Expo. Conf. Proc., 2022.

Murray, L.K., “DEI: Walk the Walk, don’t Just Talk the Talk” Society of Women Engineers WELocal, Technical Track, Annual Conference, Hartford, CT, March 2023 

Murray, Lisa. 2023. "Culture Related Design in First Year Engineering". Engineering Unleashed. Monday, June 5, 2023.

Murray, Lisa. 2023. "Jackpot! Order matters!". Engineering Unleashed. Tuesday, May 16, 2023. 

Courses Taught

Introduction to Computer Programming (ENGR 105)

Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 103)

Introduction to Data Acquisition (ENGR 110)

Strength of Materials Lab (CEE 242)

Biomedical Engineering Lab 1 (BME 305)