Sarah works to create awareness and programs that encourage more women to enter the computing pathway and persist into computing majors and careers. In 2016, she was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science grant (NSF INCLUDES 1649312), through which she created the Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing.

Sarah has served on multiple graduate student committees and as the major advisor for numerous masters level graduate students. In addition to serving as a reviewer for multiple software engineering and engineering education journals and conferences, she has served as a review panelist for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program.


Sarah collaborates with Drs. Jessica Ivy and Dana Franz in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education department of the MSU College of Education in the study of approaches to bringing computer and cybersecurity into K-12 classrooms in Mississippi. This collaborative team is, through pre-service and in-service teacher education, working to identify the most effective ways to teach computational thinking in all classrooms. Building on Sarah and Jessica's multi-year teacher workshop program, they are developing an undergraduate degree in computer science education. 

Sarah has worked to disseminate knowledge gained through her outreach/teaching/research activities, including the use of robotics to teach computational thinking and cybersecurity concepts, throughout the worldwide engineering education community, as evidenced by the list of publications below:

Refereed Conferences

Jessica Ivy, Dana Franz, Shelly Hollis, Sarah Lee, and Donna Reese (2017). Connecting Engineering to Interdisciplinary K12 Education: Reflections on Different Approaches to Teacher Professional DevelopmentASEE Zone II Conference Proceedings. San Juan Puerto Rico.

Sarah Lee and Hunter Lovvorn. (2016) Building Computational Thinking Skills Using Robots With First Year Engineering Students. ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans LA.

Stacy Kastner, Sarah Lee, and Tori Holifield. (2016) An Investigation of Pathways to Computing for Middle and High Schoolers in the U.S. South. ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sarah Lee, Stacy Kastner, and Rian Walker. (2016) Engineering For The Future: Mississippi State University’s Cyber Summer Programs. Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE SE Annual Conference.

Sarah Lee, Chien Yu, and Kelly Brown. (2015) E-Mentoring and Informal Learning to Increase Student Awareness of Engineering. In Dominguez, N. & Gandert, Y. (Eds.). 8th Annual mentoring Conference Proceedings: A Quest for Leadership Excellence and Innovation. Albuquerque, NM: University of NM.

Sarah B. Lee, Stacy Kastner, and Rian Walker. (2015) Mending the Gap, Growing the Pipeline: Increasing Female Representation in Computing, Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE SE Annual Conference.

Sarah B. Lee and Rian Walker. (2014) Engaging Middle School Girls in Computing with a Project-based Learning Approach, Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE SE Annual Conference.

Donna S. Reese, Sarah Lee, T.J. Jankun-Kelly and Lisa Henderson. (2014) Broadening Participation in Computing Through Curricular Changes, Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE SE Annual Conference.

Donna Reese, T.J. Jankun-Kelly, Lisa Henderson and Sarah Lee. (2013) Impact on Retention from a Change in Undergraduate Computing Curricula, Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE Southeast Section Conference, Cookeville, TN, March 10-12, 2013.

Sarah B. Lee and Kenneth Steward, A Process-Based Approach to Improving Knowledge Sharing in Software Engineering, 24th Int. Conf. on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, pp. 700-705, San Francisco Bay, CA, July 2012.

Sarah B. Lee, K. S. Braunsdorf, and Sajjan G. Shiva, Knowledge Engineering to Visualize Complexity for Legacy Modernization Planning, 22nd Int. Conf. on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, pp. 331-334, San Francisco Bay, CA, July 2010.

Sarah B. Lee and Sajjan G. Shiva, A Novel Approach to Knowledge Sharing in Software Systems Engineering, 4th IEEE Int. Conf. on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE), pp. 376-381, Limerick, Ireland, July 2009.

Sarah B. Lee, Linda Sherrell, Hima Puppula, Sajjan Shiva,  Testing in the Early Phases of the Software Development Life Cycle, 1st International Research Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Software Testing, May 2007.

Sarah B. Lee and Sajjan G. Shiva, Comparing Agent Software Development Methodologies using the CMMI Engineering Process Model, America's Conf. on Information Systems, Omaha, NE, Aug. 2005.

Sarah B. Lee and Sajjan G. Shiva, Comparing Agent Software Development Methodologies using the Waterfall Model, America's Conf. on S, Omaha, NE, Aug. 2005.

Refereed Journals

Sajjan G. Shiva, Sarah B. Lee, Lubna A. Shala, and Christopher Simmons. (2008) Knowledge Management in Global Software Development, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks.

Other Presentations

Jessica Ivy and Sarah Lee, Innovation in STEM Education: Training Teachers to Integrate Cybersecurity, 2017 National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference, Nashville TN, December 2017.

Invited Speaker, Women in STEM, 17th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation, Jackson MS, October 2017.

Invited speaker, Illuminating the Computing Pathway for Women, Computer Science colloquium, University of Memphis, April 7, 2017.

Sarah Lee, Formation of Engineers: MSU’s Computer Science Summer Camp Programs, Birds of a Feather Discussion, Southeast Women in Computing, Atlanta, GA, November 2015.

Sarah Lee and Stacy Kastner, Growing the STEM Pipeline: A Cross-Curricular Approach, Facilitator of Roundtable Discussion: The Integration of STEM and the Liberal Arts, STEMTech, Phoenix, AZ, November 2015. 

Invited speaker, Computer Science colloquium, University of Memphis, Recruiting and Retaining Women in Computing, February 22 2013.

Invited speaker, “Careers in computing and time management”, MSU Broadening Participation in Computing, 2012.

Sajjan G. Shiva, J. R. Talburt, Linda Sherrell, and Sarah B. Lee, Computer Science Education – Are We on the Right Track? (Panelist), Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 60-61, 2006.

Sajjan G. Shiva, Linda Sherrell, Sarah B. Lee, and Andrew Olney, Engineering Agent-Based Software Systems (Panelist), Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 28, 2005.

Sarah B. Lee and Sajjan G. Shiva, CMMI and Agent-based Software Engineering (Poster), Midsouth College Computing Conference, University of Mississippi, Apr. 2005.

Related Professional Development:

National STEM Collaborative Forum (facilitated by Dr.Kim Scott from Arizona State), held at University of Alabama, 3/31/2017

Atlanta Collective Impact Backbone Design Workshop for CS/STEM Education Initiatives, NSF Sponsored Training, 3/2-3/3/2017.