Lee Trout is a full-stack engineer and is the current technical director of KF Next, where he oversees the development of virtual reality and artificial intelligence driven learning tools and enhancements. This work is in partnership with the Emerging Technology Lab within the School of Media and Journalism, where he will also be an adjunct instructor.

Strong ties to the media industry were established during his work for The Washington Post as an innovation developer for special projects as well as National Geographic as a back-end engineer. Other experience includes multiple tech startups and tech related businesses. He works primarily in Python, JavaScript and Go and enjoys leading others to successful technical achievements.

He has a degree in digital media from East Tennessee State University with a focus on 3D visualization and special effects.


  • B.S., East Tennessee State University