Caroline Baillie is the Dupont Canada Chair of Engineering Education Research and Development at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her role is to enhance the learning experience of engineering students across the Faculty whilst maintaining her research and teaching interests in materials science and engineering. She is cross-appointed into the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Sociology and Women's Studies.
Baillie is also a member of Critical Stage Company, which is "committed to new writing, or tackling established pieces in a new way..." Through Critical Stage and the Integrated Learning Centre at Queen's University, she has put on several productions using student and members of the Kingston community that link to the themes of engineering and society.
In popular culture, Baillie is best known as the host of "Building the Impossible", a four part documentary commissioned by the BBC in which a team of experts undertook the challenge of building historical inventions to their original specification to see if they really worked.
Baillie was formerly deputy director of the UK Centre for Materials Education at Liverpool University, Liverpool, United Kingdom. She was also formerly a lecturer at the Dept. of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and at Imperial College London.
Baillie has over 100 publications in materials science and education and is the author of four books on teaching and learning. Her recent publications include, 'Travelling facts: the Social Construction, Distribution and Accumulation of Knowledge', Campus Press and 'Effective Learning and Teaching in Engineering', Routledge.
Caroline Baillie obtained her PhD from the University of Surrey, Department of Materials, in 1991 and her Master of Higher Education at the University of New South Wales in 1995.