Samuel A

Samuel A

Home Town: Irvington, NJ

Education/Degrees: Mining and Minerals Engineering Green Engineering Minor

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated; National Society of Black Engineers

Internships/Co-op Positions: Project Management Intern at the National Institutes of Health, Summer of 2016

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Global Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Engineering and Science (GLOBES), October 2014 to Nov. 2015

Plans after Graduation: Become a project manager for a mining company where I can layout plans for how to approach any all situations, then get rich

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: World renown programs with years and years of quality professionals being produced. Each major in the College of Engineering is ranked in their respective categories, and I wanted to the best chance to let employers know that I will produce the best quality of work. Include in the fact that I pay in-state tuition and I couldn’t say no.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Genuinely kind people that make it easy to build lifelong relationships, which leads to a nice campus atmosphere that I am happy to be a part of. Top 5 in best college campus food and top 5 in fittest college campuses, it’s hard to find another school that can do both.

Coolest Thing about your Major: It’s great knowing that this industry is the connection between the Earth and every other industry. Without raw materials, life just isn’t the same.


Sasha A

Sasha A

Home Town: Lovell, ME

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Relay for Life Leadership team, Hokie Ambassadors

Internships/Co-op Positions: Branch Highways, Inc. - Project Management intern - Summer 2015 , Consigli Construction Co., Inc. - Project Management intern - Summer 2016

Research/Ware Lab Teams: My Ware Lab experience includes wondering how anyone fits in the human powered submarines every time I walk past the one in Hancock...

Plans after Graduation: Work for a Construction Management firm or General Contractor and love doing it

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: The first time I visited Tech was for Women’s Preview Weekend hosted by the engineering LLC, Hypatia. I fell in love with the campus, the people and the professors immediately. I found out exactly how renowned our COE is and I knew Virginia Tech was the best place for me to spend my college career.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Football and the Hokie Nation, Blacksburg summers, Hokie stone, seeing Ut Prosim both big and small everyday

Coolest Thing about your Major: I love how small CEM is and how close you become with your classmates and professors, and I can’t pretend like I’m not excited to wear a MLSoC hardhat when I graduate

Anything else you want to share: Virginia Tech is not my home-away-from-home. It’s actually just my home at this point, with a family bigger than I could ever imagine! The whole Hokie community is thrilled with every new student.


Marissa B

Marissa B

Home Town: Edison, New Jersey

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Society of Women Engineers, Hypatia: Living and Learning Community

Internships/Co-op Positions: Federal Business Technology Analyst for Deloitte, GE Aviation Intern

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Design, Build, Fly; Space@VT (space electric propulsion project)

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is the best of the best. It's a great combination of rigorous academics taught by forward thinking professors and an amazing community/family atmosphere. I have never step foot on a campus in which the students and faculty take so much pride in their school. So of course I had to come here!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: What's not to love? Between jumping to Enter Sandman, the annual Cadet vs. Civilian snowball fight, and many more incredible traditions, this campus is always full of school pride! You got to love that!

Coolest Thing about your Major: The best thing about aerospace are the limitless opportunities to explore, discover, and create the most amazing flying machines of the future! Space is one of the most unique and interesting frontiers and I've always had a passion to design spacecraft that will take people further and allow us to explore the universe around us.


Emily B

Emily B

Home Town: Florence, KY

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Society of Women Engineers, Residence Hall Federation, Hypatia, Imaginarium, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Materials Engineering Professional Society

Internships/Co-op Positions: GE Aviation (Spring 2016), Automotive and Energy REU at Oakland University (Summer 2015)

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Dr. Foster’s Advanced Materials Research Group, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Spring 2015-present

Plans after Graduation: Rockin a kick butt job, pursuing a MBA, moving abroad, and just being happy

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: VT had it all. Not only are the engineering programs ranked nationally, and for good reason, but the people are some of the sweetest, the food is beyond scrumptious, the sports games are the most exhilarating and the spirit is the strongest. The fact that the COE offered so many programs and organizations dedicated to my success, really made me feel that I would do more than suffer through a degree, but learn and grow to my fullest potential.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Big event (I love volunteering!!!) and the 3.2 Run, both which fully embody Ut Prosim and the Hokie Spirit.

Coolest Thing about your Major: Engineers are needed to build, plan and improve practically everything. Materials are needed by engineers to do anything! We are at the center and forefront of it all and I get to apart of it!


Katie B

Katie B

Home Town: Sykesville, MD

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: IEEE Officer; Hypatia Mentor; 209 Manna Ministries; Society of Women Engineers; Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Internships/Co-op Positions: Technical Intern at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Summer 2016 and Summer 2015

Plans after Graduation: I’d like to work in industry on the technical side for a few years, and then become more involved in program management. I also want to continue cooking and traveling to national parks. I’d love to become a park ranger some day!

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I chose VT COE because of the support systems and opportunities that were available to me. There are always so many people willing to help, which goes a long way towards making VT feel like home. VT COE also has a strong reputation; any time I mentioned it to someone, whether at work or just friends, everyone knew how great it is!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Hokie spirit and community, campus, food

Coolest Thing about your Major: I love the fact that computer engineering allows you to have a hand in hardware and software, and understand how they work together.

Anything else you want to share: Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. This semester I studied global engineering abroad with a group in Europe, which is something I had never considered doing before. Even though we were only in Europe for two weeks, I learned so much and already wish I could go back!


Tori B

Tori B

Home Town: Alexandria, VA

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: American Society of Civil Engineers, Concrete 4 Kids

Internships/Co-op Positions: Intern at Clark Builders Group Building Company, Summer 2015 and Summer 2016; Intern with Skanska Building USA, June 2014; Intern Skanska ID, December 2013

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Concrete Canoe Design Team

Plans after Graduation: first, tour Europe for a couple of weeks, then work for general contractor and work on a job site, and eventually design my own house!

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: It was a no-brainer for me. I have a family full of hokie engineers. I knew VT had a phenomenal engineering program and once I stepped foot on campus, I knew this was going to be my home for 4 (or 4.5) years.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Hokies holding doors for one another, Hokie Spirit, my friends, Hokie Stone, gothic architecture, jumping during Enter Sandman

Coolest Thing about your Major: You can take crazy fun classes like Geography of Wine and it’ll count towards your additional credits requirement for graduation!

Anything else you want to share: I highly suggest you get involved with fun clubs and activities—you will really need the brain breaks!


Patrick B

Patrick B

Home Town: Short Pump, VA

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Galileo/Hypatia Living Learning Community Leadership Team, Knights of Columbus, Engineering Education Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, University Honors

Internships/Co-op Positions: Genworth Financial as a CS intern in the Network Virtualization Department, Textron Systems as an ME intern in the Electronic Warfare Department, Boeing as an ME/Structures intern in the Military Rotorcraft Division

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team, which competes in ECOCar3

Plans after Graduation: Completing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and working in the Defense contracting industry

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I saw Virginia Tech College of Engineering as a place where my wildest dreams could be achieved.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: I love that everyone at Virginia Tech is willing to help you to achieve your goals and dreams no matter if they are tenured faculty or someone your same class. Almost all of the design teams and research groups are available to anyone who is willing to but the work in to contribute to the team. Professionally, I have seen the “Hokies help Hokies” mentality carry through into industry and graduate school as well.

Coolest Thing about your Major: Mechanical Engineering does not limit your possibilities at all, within my major I have had the opportunities to work on converting a stock V6 Chevy Camaro into a Hybrid V8 with 513 horsepower, intern with two of the largest aerospace companies in the world, and mentor a high school robotics team.

Anything else you want to share: Virginia Tech is one of the most respected engineering schools in the nation; we have the second largest career fair and are on many companies’ short lists for where they look to hire. In addition, I personally think our football and basketball teams are on the upswing and should be competing for championships by the time prospective students are graduating.


Zawad C

Zawad C

Home Town: Sterling, VA

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: ECE Ambassador; Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers; Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence; Student Transition Engineering Program

Internships/Co-op Positions: Systems Engineering Intern: Solers, Inc (Summer 2014) & Application Development Intern: GE Aviation (Spring 2014)

Plans after Graduation: I actually plan on taking a break for 4-6 months before I start my full time job, and I will just go where life takes me. Once I get back from my adventures, I will try to pursue a MBA while working.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: Hands down VT COE is the best Engineering College in Virginia.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The bright smiles crossing the Drillfield; the opportunity to cherish a beautiful campus each and every day; the burnt orange and Chicago maroon; the sense of unity and our Hokie Pride; most importantly our motto "Ut Prosim" (That I May Serve), which represents Virginia Tech's dedication to giving back to the community!

Coolest Thing about your Major: Understanding how computers and other technology work, just lets you appreciate the beauty of all the advancements today.


Christina C

Christina C

Home Town: New Market, VA

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Biomedical Engineering Society

Internships/Co-op Positions: General Motors Internship, Simbex Co-op, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Center of Injury Biomechanics – Sled Lab, Complex Systems Lab, TREC, Ware Lab tour guide

Plans after Graduation: Graduate School

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I chose VT COE because of the opportunities it offered compared to other schools. Because the BME minor is designed to fit with every major and I was able to focus my ESM major in biomechanics, I felt like it was a great fit for me. Also, the research opportunities are endless. I have had the opportunity to work with so many great teams and professors.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The opportunities – anything you want to do, you can. There are so many great clubs, activities, and labs to get involved in. The school spirit, people, and scenery are also amazing.

Coolest Thing about your Major: The class size. Because ESM is so small, I know everyone in my class and we are like one big family. We have all of our classes together and always work together on homework.

Anything else you want to share: Go Hokies!


Isaac C

Isaac C

Home Town: Ashburn, VA

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Mining Competition Team, Gamma Delta Sigma Sorority, Alpha Chapter, Fencing Club

Internships/Co-op Positions: Mine Engineer Intern at Carmeuse Lime and Stone, Luttrell, TN, Summer of 2015

Plans after Graduation: Doing Army Stuff for a few years, then going out into the wide world of mining

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: Because no one else around has a Mining Engineering program. And, yah know, I’ve pretty much loved this school since the first time I visited when I was 12 and my older brother was on his college search.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The food, of course. The Drillfield at night. The community. And most importantly, how much stuff there is to do if you just keep your eyes open for opportunities

Coolest Thing about your Major: It’s like playing in a giant sandbox, but with explosives!

Anything else you want to share: Maryland’s state sport is the joust


Meagan D

Meagan D

Home Town: Falls Church, VA

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Circle K International, Society of Women Engineers, Hypatia Alum, University Honors

Internships/Co-op Positions: Internship with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Summer 2015, Co-op with Eastman Chemical Company, Fall 2015

Plans after Graduation: Not sure yet- I want to work in industry for a few years gaining experience and enjoying the field I'm in. Then maybe graduate school!

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: Coming out of high school, I knew I wanted to pursue engineering but wasn't sure about the specific discipline. I chose VT because it had so many highly ranked programs and endless opportunities to learn and grow as an engineering student. Coming from a Hokie family might have swayed my decision a bit as well.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: the people, the food, the community, and the amazing scenery. From professors to classmates, I love how everybody does their best to see you succeed.

Coolest Thing about your Major: I love how broad mechanical engineering is. I get to learn bits and pieces from other majors, and I am constantly amazed by the breadth of things I get to learn!


Adam D

Adam D

Home Town: West Chester, PA

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Hokie Ambassador (tour guide), Intramural Participant, Outdoor Club, Canoe and Kayak Club, and participant of Greek Life

Internships/Co-op Positions: Assistant Project Manager, Van Metre Companies, 2013-2015

Plans after Graduation: Keep living life to the fullest. I do not know where or for whom I am going to work, but I do know that my adventures will never stop.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I never knew what I wanted to do with my future career when I was in high school. I mean, picking a major is one of the hardest processes I went through. However, I was similar to many other engineers and their reason for choosing the major. Put simply, math and science were my strongest subjects. Except, I also had another reason for choosing the college of engineering. I had the opportunity of becoming the first engineer of my family, and it was an opportunity I could not pass up.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The community spirit in which VT embodies. One will never see as many students and even residents of that town wear as much school colors per day than the Virginia Tech students and Blacksburg residents. Once you are a Hokie you are a Hokie for life!

Coolest Thing about your Major: The labs conducted throughout the major are very fun and interesting!


Rebeca D

Rebeca D

Home Town: Greenville, SC

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Hypatia Living Learning Community

Internships/Co-op Positions: Tomorrowland Attractions at Walt Disney World

Plans after Graduation: Working for Disney in their Simulations department

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: It was the sense of community. Every college I visited felt okay, but when I toured Virginia Tech and I saw the campus, it felt like home. There was a sense of service first, which I find important, and everyone just seemed friendly. To this day, I can’t think of a moment that doesn’t convey a sense of community. Everyone is warm, inviting, and helpful if you ask.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Seeing the mountains in the background, GobblerFest, Everyone dressed in school colors during a football game, our faculty

Coolest Thing about your Major: Seeing a system, finding a way to quantify it, and a way to make it better. Gotta love Excel.

Anything else you want to share: If you knew what Space Mountain looked like with the lights on, you’d be more scared to ride it.


Austin D

Austin D

Home Town: Richmond, VA

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Resident Advisor in Lee Hall for the Galipatia Community, CommonWEALTH of Scholars, National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE), CEED Peer Mentor, Louis Strokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

Internships/Co-op Positions: Intern with Altria, Summer 2016

Plans after Graduation: Maybe continue school within the VT ME 5 year Master’s program, then dominate my field in the workforce

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: Honestly, I had a teacher in high school that was a crazy Hokie fan who couldn’t stop talking about how great the engineering program was at VT. VT offers a lot of opportunities and that’s why I chose it.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Friends, GroupX Classes, Herby Turkey at Bruegger’s Bagels, the new trop smoothie, the campus is pretty

Coolest Thing about your Major: It’s broad! I have wiggle room to work in so many different fields, so I am never doing the same thing every day.

Anything else you want to share: I’m obsessed with Spin class at VT, and I went to 5 countries abroad in 2 weeks


Leah F

Leah F

Home Town: Greensboro, NC

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Alpha Omega Epsilon Engineering Sorority, Burkhart Mining Society, Society of Mining Engineers, Watford Society for Diversity in Mining Engineering

Internships/Co-op Positions: Vulcan Materials Company intern, Cargill Production engineering Co-op, Mosaic Co-op.

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Diversity in Mining Engineering Professors in correlation to the Society of Mining Professors.

Plans after Graduation: get a dog, get a job, and make money so I can buy a Jeep

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: Honestly it is the best school with the best people

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Maroon and orange overalls, the hype around football games, and the family you find in the people around you.

Coolest Thing about your Major: Mining is a small community, we are truly a family to one another. Because of how rare the major is there are TONS of opportunities to be very involved.


Genevieve G

Genevieve G

Home Town: Clifton, VA

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Tau Beta Pi, AIAA, SAE, SWE, Phi Kappa Phi

Internships/Co-op Positions: SpaceX, UTC Aerospace Systems, GE Aviation, Caterpillar Inc.

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Baja SAE

Plans after Graduation: Grad school!

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: When I visited, I knew immediately that it was the right fit for me. Everyone was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about their areas of expertise, and I definitely got the impression of "large school resources; small school feel." I knew that Tech was a place where I could find my niche and excel.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The people! Everyone's super friendly and willing to help out. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Coolest Thing about your Major: We do a little bit of EVERYTHING. And we get to play with some super cool machinery! (hint hint come check out the Ware Lab)

Anything else you want to share: I absolutely love being at Virginia Tech. It's a gorgeous campus with great people and top-notch academics. The opportunities I've found here have been incredible—I wouldn't have found them anywhere else—and I know Tech was the right choice for me.


Caleb G

Caleb G

Home Town: Annandale, VA

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: LEC Chair for Student Engineers’ Council

Internships/Co-op Positions: Summer of 2015: Internship at SAIC: Mobile App Development, Summer of 2016: Internship at SAIC: Modeling and Simulation

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Lead Electronics Engineer for VT Human Powered Submarine Team

Plans after Graduation: Work in Data Science, drive PCH, Star Wars Episode IX

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: VT’s College of Engineering was the perfect option for me. A combination of an excellent ISE program, great student organizations, diverse design teams, and upbeat and passionate students painted a perfect picture for what I wanted my college experience to be. So far, it’s lived up to the hype and then some!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The mountains, the people, the weather (usually), the mountains, and Cookout.

Coolest Thing about your Major: Nobody really knows what ISE is about from the outside, and as I take more classes and gain more experience, I see it in the real world more and more.


Austin G

Austin G

Home Town: Ijamsville, MD

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, International Society of Biopharmaceutical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society

Internships/Co-op Positions: Intern at Walter Reed Medical Hospital in Pulmonary Medicine Division

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Undergraduate Research with Ryan Senger using Ramen Spectroscopy to identify bladder cancer as well as analyzing samples from dialysis patients

Plans after Graduation: Attend Graduate School, and get my PE

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: Virginia Tech is nationally ranked in pretty much all of their engineering programs. The alumni network is also very large to help aid with challenging job market of today’s society. In addition, the fact that fitness and food is valued so high here was also an added incentive.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The atmosphere of the campus is unparalleled and the fact that the fitness and food is number one in the nation was very big to me. Also I love how there are so many opportunities at Virginia Tech for students to make their mark on the world.

Coolest Thing about your Major: One cool thing about my major is that it not only allows for students to receive an undergraduate degree in Biological Systems Engineering, but if you take the right electives you are set to apply to med school as well.


Rachel I

Rachel I

Home Town: Springfield, VA

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Student Engineers’ Council (SEC) Executive Board, Society of Women Engineers, French Horn Ensemble

Internships/Co-op Positions: Plant Engineering Internship at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN

Plans after Graduation: Find a fun, cool job and see where life takes me from there.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: All of my friends who went to Virginia Tech loved it. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met anyone who went to Tech that anything but positive things to say about it. I was a bit skeptical, but as soon I stepped on campus, everything just felt right and I could see why everyone loved it so much. Getting to see how much students in engineering were doing outside of the classroom pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The unbeatable community, the food, Hokie stone, D2 veggie nuggets, jumping during Enter Sandman, late-night milkshakes at Deet’s, the awesome hikes nearby, everything made at Farm & Fields, the endless opportunities, more food, and the instant bond when you see someone with Tech gear.

Coolest Thing about your Major: If it moves, a mechanical engineer probably has something to do with it, meaning we can stick our noses into just about anything!

Anything else you want to share: Our Engineering Expo is the second largest (and the best) student-run career fair in the country and we have hundreds of companies looking to hire Hokies for awesome jobs and internships every year! I’m a bit biased because the SEC runs it, but I just love getting to see all the opportunities Hokies have, how highly employers think of Tech, and the happy faces of people getting offers!


Thomas K

Thomas K

Home Town: Herzogenaurach, Germany

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Students for Clean Energy at Virginia Tech, The Big Event Team Leader

Plans after Graduation: Getting my Master’s Degree in Energy Science and Engineering at TU Darmstadt in Germany and then joining industry. Working for a company like Tesla and then coming back to Virginia Tech as a professor would be a dream.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: “Hands on Minds on” said it all. Learning by doing a project is something that always made the most sense to me. Also, I liked that it is a big school because that means there are so many possibilities to meet people doing cool research.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Happy/Spirited People, Football Games, Basketball Games, The Cadets, Our Connection with the Community, Beef and Rice from Origami at Turner’s, The Drillfield, Hokie Bird, All of Fall Semester, Duck Pond, Beach Volleyball on Warm Sunny Days, Squires, and The 4th Floor of Newman Library.

Coolest Thing about your Major: It’s a small major and everyone in it gets to know each other.

Anything else you want to share: Charlottesville is lame.


Ansh K

Ansh K

Home Town: Mumbai, India

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Aerial Robotics Club at Virginia Tech

Internships/Co-op Positions: Intern at the Production Department at Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage (SVPB), Summer 2016

Plans after Graduation: Good job at a respectable firm with the job description pertaining to my major

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: Because of the high-ranking and prestigious college that it is. Since the beginning, I knew that intellectually gifted people would surround me, and that challenges would come up in everything I did. I have always liked competing and Virginia Tech has made me even better at doing that. I really like it here because of the balance between academics and extra-curricular activities and that makes me proud of making the decision to come here.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: War Memorial Gym, McComas, Cassell Coliseum, Drillfield, students and friends, and a few teachers

Coolest Thing about your Major: It is probably going to make me cry every day

Anything else you want to share: Lived and studied in Vietnam for 6 years before coming to VT; VT Emoji Keyboard stinks


Sydney L

Sydney L

Home Town: Sacramento, CA

Education/Degrees: Industrial and Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering minor

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Residential Advisor for the Hypatia Living-Learning Community in Lee Hall, Industrial & Systems Engineering Ambassadors, Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), Pi Beta Phi

Internships/Co-op Positions: Business & Technology Delivery Analyst at Accenture during Summer 2015, Vehicle Performance Engineer at General Motors during Summer 2016

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Studying bone regeneration of osteoporotic mice with ICTAS

Plans after Graduation: Pioneering autonomous vehicles, making artificial hearts, or whatever they need industrial engineers to do in order to get people on Mars

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I saw an opportunity to be challenged academically at Virginia Tech while still having a full life outside of my classes. I was also excited to move somewhere completely new for college so I went all-in when I got here, and it has paid off in big ways. When I toured, people told me about how much they’ve been pushed and grown by being here, and now that I’m a part of the Virginia Tech community I can agree that it’s incomparable to anything I’ve experienced before.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Friends, the atmosphere in Lane Stadium during a home game, living in a small town, the way Hokie stone looks after it rains, the Pylons, freaking out when I leave Virginia and see someone wearing VT apparel, all the extracurriculars I’ve gotten to try, Ut Prosim

Coolest Thing about your Major: ISE is kind of like a spectrum between business and mechanical engineering, so I’m being exposed to two different worlds at once

Anything else you want to share: I love everything about being at Virginia Tech. If you’re looking for a beautiful school, rigorous classes, and an endless supply of amazing people to surround yourself with, then you don’t need to look any further. The opportunities are limitless here and they’re what helped me find out what my passions are.


Vanessa L

Vanessa L

Home Town: Hampton, VA

Education/Degrees: Computer Science

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Hypatia Living Learning Community, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, Tech DREAMers

Internships/Co-op Positions: NASA Langley Research Center

Plans after Graduation: Having a really cool job!

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: There are endless opportunities where you can apply your knowledge and explore the field you’re interested in! Plus, everyone here is super helpful and are always willing to help you learn more about anything.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The food, beautiful campus, lovely people (and dogs!), and Ut Prosim.

Coolest Thing about your Major: I love the fact that I can create something without using physical things! The field is so broad and is applicable in everything. Technology is everywhere and I love all of the possible opportunities for my future!

Anything else you want to share: I love VT. It really is my dream school. Go Hokies!!


Cornelius L

Cornelius L

Home Town: Virginia Beach, VA

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: VT Students for Exploration & Development of Space; Galileo-Hypatia Engineering Living-Learning Community Leadership Team; Former President of Lee Hall Council

Internships/Co-op Positions: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Robotics Academy 2014 Program in Huntsville, AL

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Astrobotics (VT NASA Robotic Mining Competition Team); Mechatronics Lab at VT; Nanostructured Biopolymers Lab (ICTAS)

Plans after Graduation: Attend graduate school and earn my Ph.D. in Robotics. I might start my own company after that point, but the field of robotics is continuing to expand and I'm not sure where my path will take me.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I wanted a great school that offered chemical engineering (harder to find than it should be) and wasn't too far away, as I had never left the East Coast, at the time. My major changed during sophomore year, but the numerous opportunities to become involved on campus did not.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: My absolute favorite would be our incredible campus food, but I love living in the mountains during the school year. I used to live in Lee Hall and had a stellar view of campus and it's surroundings for 2 years right outside my window.

Coolest Thing about your Major: Mechanical Engineering is a broad and exciting field that allows students to choose from a wide array of possible sub-fields. I'm a huge fan of robotics, but I can take classes and work on projects in automobiles, planes, materials, energy, etc and they are all relevant to paths within the major.

Anything else you want to share: Keep an open mind and take the time to understand life through different perspectives. Also, life is usually easier on a full night's sleep. Oh, and don't worry if you only like football - you don't have to be obsessed with it to have fun and make amazing friends here!


Mattie L

Mattie L

Home Town: Franklin County, VA

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: American Foundry Society, Materials Advantage, Materials Engineering Professional Society, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Galipatia Living Learning Community

Internships/Co-op Positions: I worked at Special Metals Corporation in Huntington, WV in the vacuum melting department for 14 months. This summer I will be working under the chief metallurgist at Nucor Steel, Kanakee.

Plans after Graduation: I hope to travel between graduation and beginning my full time job. I hope to work in the foundry industry as a metallurgist or process engineer.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: It is the best engineering school in the state and has so much to offer students.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The people! Everyone is so willing to help and share, the people are truly what make the school so special to me.

Coolest Thing about your Major: We have a foundry so I am able to melt metal and create what I wish, plus I am the one who gets to pour the molten metal and that is quite the experience.


Ben L

Ben L

Home Town: Camp Hill, PA

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED), Theme Park Engineering and Design Club

Plans after Graduation: Get a job and move to a big city!

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: It was a long an exhausting process, but ultimately it was clearly the best fit. VT COE is a well-ranked engineering program in one of the best college towns in the country. Can’t ask for much more!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The small town vibe with big school opportunities, the mouth-watering food (chicken and waffles at Turner), and the amazing community. The Hokie Nation is an amazing thing to be a part of.

Coolest Thing about your Major: We help make things more efficient, which means saving money, time, energy, and resources. I think that’s pretty cool and exciting.

Anything else you want to share: I love football games here at Tech, but don’t worry if you’re not a huge fan of the sport. There are PLENTY of other ways to get out there and spend time with fellow Hokies.


Yosef N

Yosef N

Education/Degrees: Mechanical engineering

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Treasurer for American Society of Mechanical Engineers (AMSE), Senior Resident Advisor in the Eggleston Communities, Swim Club, College of Engineering Rep. for Student Government Association (SGA), Muslim Student Association (MSA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

Internships/Co-op Positions: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), Summer of 2015; Mechatronics Lab at American University in Cairo (AUC), Summer of 2016

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) at VT Spring 2014- Present

Plans after Graduation: Never stop Inventing the Future!

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I have always been interested in the way things work and solving complicated problems. COE gave me the tools and opportunities to pursue this passion.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Numerous opportunities to develop as an engineer and a critical thinker, really friendly community and great food.

Coolest Thing about your Major: I love mechanical engineering because it’s broad and progressive. Systems in today’s world usually incorporate various concepts and components. Mechanical engineering provides me with the fundamental tools to understand and create such systems.


Jake P

Jake P

Home Town: Chesapeake, Virginia

Education/Degrees: Biological Systems Engineering; Green Engineering Minor

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Organization Memberships: Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Student Alumni Associates

Internships/Co-op Positions: Perdue Farms Co-Op Fall 2015

Plans after Graduation: Work for a food company in research and development/process engineering

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I toured other colleges, but no school put the emphasis on hands on experience, ability to co-op, and ultimate job opportunity like Virginia Tech. Beyond the classroom, the community, food, sports, and Hokie spirit, Virginia Tech is a home.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Spirit, Food, and Football

Coolest Thing about your Major: Ability to take a wide range of class in food engineering, water resources, biofuels, biomedical engineering, bioprocessing and much more.


Celi P

Celi P

Home Town: Lima, Peru

Education/Degrees: Electrical Engineering

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Professional Chair of SHPE, CEED Mentor

Internships/Co-op Positions: Texas Instruments Intern, Summer 2015

Plans after Graduation: Work with a corporate company and pursue my MBA.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I chose Virginia Tech's College of Engineering because it gave me the best opportunity to be the most competitive engineer that I can be. I knew that this place would challenge me enough to get the best out of me, and I was looking forward to that.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The community, architecture, opportunities, competitiveness, and football games

Coolest Thing about your Major: The versatility. There are so many positions to go into and so many ways to contribute that keeps my sense of adventure alive. I've always been passionate in understanding the everyday electronics we use today, and it has given me the opportunity to explore and understand this.

Anything else you want to share: You'll be surprised how far following your instincts can take you.


Allison Q

Allison Q

Home Town: Clemmons, NC

Education/Degrees: Aerospace Engineering; Mathematics Minor

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Sigma Gamma Tau: Aerospace Engineering Honor Society; Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

Internships/Co-op Positions: Intern at Triumph Actuation Systems – Summer 2014; Co-Op at General Electric Aviation – Spring 2015; Intern at Pratt & Whitney – Summer 2015/2016

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Project Ellie: High Altitude Balloon; Design, Build, Fly; Hyperloop at Virginia Tech

Plans after Graduation: Graduate School, Spacecraft Propulsion, Asteroid Mining, Colonization of Mars

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I chose VT COE due to the numerous opportunities. The college gives its students resources to grow inside and outside of the classroom. I wanted a school where I could have access to stellar academics, interesting research, and hands on experience all while living in an amazing city with other students who were just as dedicated as I am.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The Hokie Spirit. It exists in every aspect of Virginia Tech. That and the food.

Coolest Thing about your Major: Space. It is literally rocket science

Anything else you want to share: “SPACESHIP” – Benny (The LEGO Movie)


Siwani R

Siwani R

Home Town: Herndon, VA

Education/Degrees: General Engineering – soon to be Aerospace!

Year at VT: 2nd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Alpha Omega Epsilon

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Design Build Fly

Plans after Graduation: Hopefully some traveling and a job :)

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I’ve always known I wanted to come to Virginia Tech, and I chose Engineering because I knew about the great program here and I’ve always loved math and science.

Coolest Thing about your Major: “It’s not rocket science… oh, wait, yes it is!”


Keeana R

Keeana R

Home Town: Columbia, SC

Education/Degrees: Biological Systems Engineering

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: National Society of Black Engineers, Virginia Tech Student Alumni Associates

Internships/Co-op Positions: Intern at Research Triangle- Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Duke University

Plans after Graduation: To attend pharmacy school earn a PharmD/MBA dual degree, and to later get involved in hospital administration.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I wanted to attend a university with a strong engineering program, and a supportive environment that would help me succeed. The VT Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) was a big factor in that, and even though I visited and got accepted to other schools with great programs, nothing compared to the opportunities I knew would be available to me here at the VT COE.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The unwavering Hokie spirit, multitude of ways to get involved on campus, emphasis of Ut Prosim in everything we do. and the way the leaves turn maroon and orange in the fall.

Coolest Thing about your Major: I was able to fulfill pre-med and pre-pharmacy requirements while being in an engineering major without taking many extra classes! Also, BSE is so diverse that it produces engineers in the biomedical, food, environmental, pharmaceutical, and biomolecular engineering industries.

Anything else you want to share: Stay positive, and smile in the face of adversity! Remember that diamonds are formed under pressure!


Sammi R

Sammi R

Home Town: Charlottesville, VA

Education/Degrees: Aerospace Engineering

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Galipatia Living Learning Communities, InVents Studios Leadership Team, AOE Ambassadors, Virginia Tech Honors Program, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Internships/Co-op Positions: Northrop Grumman Mission Systems – Flight Test Engineering Intern, Summer 2016; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems – Maritime Systems Intern, Summer 2015; Virginia Panel Corporation – Data Management Consultant, Summer 2014

Plans after Graduation: Masters Program, flight test/other aerospace engineering career

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: For its belief that a student is more than his or her major. For a school with such a strong reputation in engineering education, it’s pretty cool that they put such an emphasis on well-roundedness and experience outside of just academia. I’m talking internships and co-ops, alumni mentorship, design teams, engineering outreach, undergraduate research, professional networking, the list goes on!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The sense of community here really is unbelievable; I am constantly amazed at the student body’s school spirit, friendliness, and commitment to serving and supporting others. A school of over 30,000 students somehow manages to make me feel right at home, although we could credit most of that to the amazing food.

Coolest Thing about your Major: Getting to say “Come on guys, this isn’t rocket science! Oh wait...” Seriously though, the aerospace department has built up such a strong program thanks to amazing faculty and professional alumni; it’s pretty much impossible to not get roped into some really cool opportunities. Also, who doesn’t love planes?


Ravi S

Ravi S

Home Town: Sterling, VA

Education/Degrees: Computer Science, Math Minor

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Programming Team, Hackers@VT, Circle K, Galileo Mentor

Internships/Co-op Positions: Amazon (Summer 2016), GE Corporate (Summer 2015), GE Healthcare (Summer 2014)

Plans after Graduation: I would like to work and am considering pursuing graduate school in the future.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: After visiting Virginia Tech for the first time, I fell in love with the campus, and I was impressed by how friendly the students were. VT College of Engineering is a great program in Virginia and is well-respected nationally, which made the decision easy.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The way the campus is divided by the Drillfield into an academic and a housing side, but is still enclosed as a whole away from the city, the awesome food, the lifelong Hokie spirit, and jumping to Enter Sandman!

Coolest Thing about your Major: Being able to work in a variety of industries and develop solutions for everyday problems

Anything else you want to share: My favorite month is April with the Big Event, 3.2 for 32 remembrance events, the International Street Fair, Ring Dance, the Spring football game, and Relay for Life. There are many fun ways to get involved!


Nancy S

Nancy S

Home Town: Chesterfield, Virginia

Education/Degrees: Engineering Science and Mechanics; Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering Minor

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: COE Dean's Team, Professional Engineering Sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon, University Honors Ambassadors, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Internships/Co-op Positions: GE Aviation, Summer 2015

Research/Ware Lab Teams: Research involving EMG sensors with Dr. Asbeck in the ME Department

Plans after Graduation: Graduate School

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I was born and raised as a Hokie with a passion for math and science, so there really was no other place to go than Virginia Tech!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: I absolutely LOVE the sense of community here, how natural the compassion and understanding is between all the students. There are also a ridiculous number of opportunities for research, jobs, clubs, and ways to get involved. Campus is also incredibly beautiful with the scenic mountains and fresh mountain air. What's not to love?!

Coolest Thing about your Major: ESM is SUPER cool because the research in the field is fascinating. There's a professor studying flying snakes and transforming this natural phenomenon into an aerodynamically feasible ship. There's also research on the impact absorbed by football helmets and how to make them safer for the players, as well as a new study on the head impacts on soccer players. There's so much going on that benefits the general public in indirect ways that I am proud and excited to be a part of!

Anything else you want to share: Go Hokies!!


Sarah S

Sarah S

Home Town: Highlands Ranch, CO

Education/Degrees: Chemical Engineering

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Sigma Kappa sorority, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, CEED mentor

Internships/Co-op Positions: Internship at Mind Rocket, LLC (Summer 2014), co-op at Dow Chemical (Spring 2015), internship at 3M (Summer 2015)

Plans after Graduation: Work a really really cool job!

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I believe Virginia Tech is the greatest school on Earth and I want potential incoming Freshmen to see that as well!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: Chocolate covered animal crackers at Owens dining hall, Enter Sandman, The Corps of Cadets (and their uniforms), the duckpond

Coolest Thing about your Major: Nobody looks better in a lab coat than a ChemE


Lauren S

Lauren S

Home Town: Springfield, VA

Education/Degrees: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Institute of Industrial Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Hypatia Living Learning Community, Hillel

Internships/Co-op Positions: Wal-Mart Logistics Engineering Intern, Northrop Grumman Industrial/Manufacturing Intern

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: The hands-on minds-on approach to learning at a highly ranked engineering school sold me on VT COE. The number one ranked campus food didn’t hurt either!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The sense of community, orange and maroon, the food, football, engineering programs and opportunities

Coolest Thing about your Major: There are so many different fields and companies that industrial engineers can work for!

Anything else you want to share: VT is an incredible place to live and learn! GO HOKIES!


Kaitlyn S

Kaitlyn S

Home Town: Alexandria, VA

Education/Degrees: BS. Biological Systems Engineering Green Engineering Minor

Year at VT: 4th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority, Student Engineers Council

Internships/Co-op Positions: DuPont, Georgia-Pacific

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I chose the VT College of Engineering because I wanted all of the opportunities of a large institution with the personalized education of a small program.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: One of my favorite things about VT is the Hokie Spirit! Whether I am on campus or away, I always run into fellow Hokies who love sharing their experiences with this amazing school!


Amanda W

Amanda W

Home Town: Leesburg, VA

Education/Degrees: Industrial & Systems Engineering; Theatre Arts Minor

Year at VT: 5th

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: National Society of Black Engineers, Residential Advisor in the Galipatia Living and Learning Community in Lee Hall

Internships/Co-op Positions: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in 2013; John Deere in 2014

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: I wanted a program that wasn’t going to just treat me like another number. VT COE made me feel like my success in Engineering mattered to them just as much as it mattered to me.

Favorite thing(s) about VT: FOOD!

Coolest Thing about your Major: It’s so versatile! It requires you to learn how to present yourself and your plans and ideas in the most logical, efficient, effective and persuasive way possible. That skill will help you excel in any field – not just engineering!

Anything else you want to share: “Don’t let anybody treat you like pond water. You’re Fiji water, okay.”


Alison W

Alison W

Home Town: Columbia, SC

Education/Degrees: Biological Systems Engineering; Green Engineering Minor, Biomedical Engineering Minor, Chemistry Minor

Year at VT: 3rd

Professional and Student Organization Memberships: Hypatia Living Learning Community, Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority, ASABE, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, FEARless

Internships/Co-op Positions: Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) REU at Duke Unv. Summer 2016

Plans after Graduation: graduate school or industry and own a pack of corgi puppies

Why did you choose Virginia Tech Engineering: After attending Women’s Preview Weekend and taking a tour of the VT campus, it was clear where I would end up. Not only does Virginia Tech have a great reputation as an elite engineering school and a beautiful campus, but the people that I encountered on my visits were so welcoming and hospitable that I knew I wanted to be a Hokie. I was also very impressed by the large number of engineering majors available here. I saw that as an engineering student at Virginia Tech, my experiences would be limitless and that I could, indeed, Invent the Future!

Favorite thing(s) about VT: The people, the pylons, the sun sets, Deet’s ice cream, Owen’s chocolate muffins, Chicken Parm day

Anything else you want to share: I am obsessed with puppies, especially corgi puppies