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The Dean's Team

The Dean's Team assists the College of Engineering with student recruitment activities on campus.

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Student Recruiting Ambassadors

The College of Engineering Dean's Team is a prestigious group of highly motivated, dedicated, and spirited undergraduate students who assist the College of Engineering with its recruiting efforts by volunteering for approximately 10 hours/semester.  Some of these activities include:

  • Conducting daily Engineering Information Sessions  on a rotational basis
  • Serving on student panels for Admissions Open House events
  • Assisting with the College of Engineering Open House in Spring
  • Hosting individuals and groups by talking about campus life and the resources available to College of Engineering students. 

If you are outgoing, energetic and willing to tell prospective students and parents what a great place you have in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, we encourage you to apply when applications are open.

Please contact Taylor Cupp engrrecr@vt.edu for any questions.

Meet the Dean's Team!

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Reilly Albert

Mequon, WI
4th year, Civil Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Civil Engineering ambassador and member of Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority

Internships/Co-Ops

Summer internships with J2 Engineers and Bohler

Favorite thing about VT?

The people!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Go to office hours

Fun Fact

I love to waterski

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Chris Angus

Boyertown, PA
3rd year, Mechanical Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Kappa
Juxtaposition a Capella
CEED Peer Mentoring

Internships/Co-Ops

Goodyear (Spring ‘21)
Rivian Automotive (Summer ‘21)

Favorite thing about VT?

Definitely the vibes.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I thought moving to a new place where I knew nobody would’ve been scary, but it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life.

Fun Fact

Chris is severely lactose intolerant and has also tried every flavor of Ben and Jerry’s.

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Jessica Aujla

Centreville, VA
3rd year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Business and Innovation Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

CEED Peer Mentoring
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer
Industrial & Systems Ambassadors

Internships/Co-Ops

Internships @ Cisco and Lockheed Martin

Favorite thing about VT?

The community!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

The resources available to engineering students. I didn't know a lot about what the college offered.

Fun Fact

I'm a co-manager for Bhangra at Virginia Tech, a Punjabi folk dance team.

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Quincy Brooks

Marriottsville, MD
4th year, Computer Engineering (National Security Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

National Society of Black Engineers

Internships/Co-Ops

United States Government

Favorite thing about VT?

School Spirit

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

The rush for apartments early in the year

Fun Fact

I've played piano since I was 4 years old

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Henry Brown

Richmond, VA

4th year, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Theta Tau Professional Co-Ed Engineering Fraternity
Sustainable Land Development Club
American Society of Civil Engineers

Internships/Co-Ops

Summer 2020 and 2021 at Kimley-Horn
Summer 2019 at Bowman Consulting

Favorite thing about VT?

VT's feeling of family and homeliness

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Don't stay in your dorm room!! Get out and meet people in your hallway, in clubs, in class, and anywhere you go!

Fun Fact

I love cooking but never by the recipe!

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Christina Bryan

Richmond, VA
4th year, Chemical Engineering (Chemistry Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

National Society of Black Engineers

Internships/Co-Ops

Process Design Engineer Intern (ExxonMobil, Summer 2020)
Production Engineer Co-op (Dow, Spring 2021)
Improvement Engineer Co-op (Dow, Fall 2021)

Favorite thing about VT?

The people! Everyone within the College of Engineering is super supportive and kind, and it makes for an even better experience.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I knew more about Blacksburg Transit and how to use the BT app. It took me FOREVER to learn how to use it!

Fun Fact

I've been to 32 concerts so far! My first one ever was The Cheetah Girls when I was about six years old and my most recent one was Brockhampton in 2019.

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Abby Caslin

Charlotte, NC
5th year, Aerospace Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity

Internships/Co-Ops

Aerocompact
Lockheed Martin

Favorite thing about VT?

My fellow Hokies!! There is so much school spirit here between football games, clubs, and even with professors!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

How easy it is to work new things into your schedule like research opportunities!

Fun Fact

I have been to 4 continents- 3 more to go!

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Bernie Cieplak

Culpeper, VA
4th year, Computer Engineering - Networking and Cybersecurity

Professional/Student Organizations

VT Computer Security Team
Corps of Cadets Cyber Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Ongoing internship @ Digital Cloak
Internship with Navy Cyber Warfare Engineers

Favorite thing about VT?

I love the Hokie community and the opportunities that come from such a large community.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

The Corps of Cadets is hard for the first year, but gets significantly easier and more rewarding in subsequent years!

Fun Fact

I like to do card tricks (stop me on campus if you want to see one!)

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Macey Cohn

Gloucester, VA
3rd year Computer Science (Cinema and Mathematics Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Residential Advisor
Mentor Liason for Galipatia
Hokie Ambassador

Favorite thing about VT?

The fact that everyone takes the time to help peers instead of competing with them

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Not everyone finds their group of friends the first year, but you will eventually find the people you can be yourself around.

Fun Fact

I've helped work on multiple virtual and augmented reality projects here at VT and hope to continue doing so after graduation.

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Tom Coleman

Alexandria, VA
4th year, Computer Engineering (Computer Science Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Class Office
Student Alumni Associates
Electrical & Computer Engineering Ambassador

Internships/Co-Ops

Software Engineering Intern @ Akamai Technologies

Favorite thing about VT?

The people and the environment, how so many people are dedicated to service and helping others

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

It’s alright if you don’t know exactly what you want to join/do when you come here, just be on the lookout for opportunities and don’t be afraid to reach out to anyone for help!

Fun Fact

I’m a triplet

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Anh Dang

Sterling, VA
4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Spanish Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Institute of Idustrial & System Engineers
Exodus
Dean's Team
Hill and Veil

Internships/Co-Ops

PepsiCo Supply Chain Intern Summer 2021

Favorite thing about VT?

VT being it's own city within a small town. With so many clubs, it is super easy to try something new.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

The weather in Blacksburg changes at the drop of a hat. Always have an umbrella and wear layer-able clothing.

Fun Fact

I will not willingly run unless I am on a treadmill.

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Hunter Dansei

Annapolis, MD
2nd year, Biomedical Engineering (Integrative Health and Wellness Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Quality of Life +
Phi Sigma Kappa
VT Rugby

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing about VT is how welcoming and open everyone is to you. Everyone really tries to go out of their way to make you feel at home.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Just because the school is in the mountain and it does get cold does not mean it is like that all the time so bring lots of summer clothes.

Fun Fact

I play rugby at VT

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Vincenzo De Altin Popiolek

Alexandria, VA
2nd year, Materials Science and Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Materials Engineering Professional Society (MEPS)

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus and fall/spring weather.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Make use of the Frith lab

Fun Fact

 I speak 4 languages.

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Alexandra DiBernardi

Chester, NY
2nd year, Civil Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers
Engineers Without Borders
Alpha Phi

Favorite thing about VT?

How easy it is to get involved and become a real part of the community!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

It helps a lot to put yourself out there. You can’t spend all your time alone and trying to do everything by yourself!

Fun Fact

I’m vegan for the environment!

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Olivia Esch

Saint Paul, MN
2nd year, Biomedical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon
Galipatia Living and Learning Community
Quality of Life Plus Student Chapter

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing about VT is walking around the beautiful campus and seeing everyone display their love for this school.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I was initially intimidated by the size of Virginia Tech, but I soon realized the groups/clubs/organizations you join create a little community within Blacksburg as a whole.

Fun Fact

 I may be from Minnesota, but I still forgot a thick winter coat the second semester of my first year. It was a cold semester.

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Eric Friedemann

Spring City, PA
3rd year, Mechanical Engineering (National Security and Foreign Affairs Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
Navy ROTC

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing about VT is the atmosphere/community. The entire student body is unified in common values that have created a sense of unity and pride that is unmatched by other universities. You can go many places in the States and hear someone proudly exclaim "Let's Go!" and await your reply...

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish that as I researched engineering majors I explored more. Now, some majors seem really interesting but at the time I did not know they existed or have any knowledge base to hold them as options for myself.

Fun Fact

My family has an Akita!

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Will Gessner

Morganton, NC
4th year, Mechanical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

BOLT Electric Motorcycle Team
Tau Beta Pi
Club Golf

Internships/Co-Ops

GE Power
SealedAir

Favorite thing about VT?

The atmosphere when you walk around campus and love that all students and alumni have for being Hokies!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Get involved with a design team or research that you’re passionate about as soon as possible. I joined BOLT my sophomore year, but the sooner you get onto a team, the sooner you can begin to build relationships and valuable hands-on experience.

Fun Fact

I was the only person from my high school to apply to VT

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William Graves

New Bern, NC
5th year, Mechanical Engineering (Computer Science Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Dean's Team
Mechanical Engineering Student Ambassadors
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Internships/Co-Ops

4 summer internships with FRCEAST (NAVAIR)
1 semester co-op with GE Aviation

Favorite thing about VT?

It is incredibly easy to get exposure to and hands-on experience in almost any area I am interested in.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I prioritized getting exposure to various areas of engineering via student organizations. Recruiters always wanted to discuss related experience I had at career fairs and during interviews. It became easier to get interviews and offers after I completed related tasks outside of what was required in my courses.

Fun Fact

I am currently developing a video game with a few friends.

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Sumaiya Haque

McLean, VA
3rd year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Philosphy, Politics, and Economics Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Leadership Team
Calhoun Discovery Program
Engineer's Forum
Industrial & Systems Engineering Advisory Board

Internships/Co-Ops

Summer Fellow at Calhoun Center at Higher Education Innovation

Favorite thing about VT?

The welcoming and collaborative environment

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

To come in more open minded and to not be afraid to put yourself out there!

Fun Fact

I love music and I am the biggest mitski fan to exist!

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Maura Harbaugh

Pittsburgh, PA
2nd year, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

President of American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
Office of Sustainability Intern
Researcher for Professor Quesada

Internships/Co-Ops

Office of Sustainability

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus (koi pond specifically)

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

The campus is bigger than you think.

Fun Fact

I have a kitten named Mushu (like from Mulan)

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Katie Henk

Smithfield, VA
4th year, Civil Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers
Engineers Without Borders
Alpha Omega Epsilon
International Seminar of Engineering Leaders
VT Cave Club

Internships/Co-Ops

I have had the opportunity to co-op once and intern for three summers

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing about Virginia Tech is the sense of community and the opportunities for growth

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I had know about the programs in place to help students succeed and thrive

Fun Fact

I bought a bus to turn into a tiny home during quarantine

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PJ Hinch, Jr.

Frederick, MD
4th year, Construction Engineering and Management & Leadership and Service (AROTC)

Professional/Student Organizations

Theta Tau
Corps of Cadets/ Army ROTC

Favorite thing about VT?

The family feel/environment

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

How important office hours are in college

Fun Fact

I just spent this past summer at the US Army Air Assault School

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Will Honicky

New Jersey
4th year, Mechanical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Internship at Lockheed Martin Space

Favorite thing about VT?

The people at VT are some of the nicest you'll ever meet. The food is also a major plus!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Don't be afraid to reach out for help. There are so many resources for new/prospective students, so make sure you try and use them.

Fun Fact

I really enjoy rock climbing and hiking!

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Mehak Kamal

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Albert Kodua

Dale City, VA
4th year, Materials Science & Engineering (Green Engineering and Math Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Orbital Launch Vehicle Team
National Society of Black Engineers
Virginia Tech Union

Internships/Co-Ops

NASA Student Airborne Research Program
NASA DEVELOP
2 NASA OSTEM Internships

Favorite thing about VT?

The organizations and the amount of resources I have at my disposal to help me succeed, as well as the many friends I have made along the way.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I joined more academic and social organizations earlier in college as they are not only really great from a resume perspective, they are a great way to meet new people. The people in the organizations I am a part of have become some of my best friends at VT, so joining a few is definitely a great idea, especially during your freshman year.

Fun Fact

I am currently interning with NASA right now and am a quadruple-time NASA intern.

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Rachel Mannasse

New Jersey
2nd year, Biomedical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Hokie Ambassador
Zeta Tau Alpha Philanthropy Treasurer

Favorite thing about VT?

Positive and Involved Community

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I had realized that everyone else was in the same position and to take every opportunity offered to me.

Fun Fact

I can ski and snowboard!

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Cora Meno

Cedar Point, NC
2nd year, Aerospace Engineering (Naval Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Hume Center
Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Research Fellow
IC CAE Scholar
Vice President of Honors Residential Commons Council

Internships/Co-Ops

Pathways Intern – Dept. of Navy FRC-East (Summer 2021)

Favorite thing about VT?

The Hokie Nation!! I have a family of alumni, so officially being a part of the Hokie nation now is amazing. Especially at football games!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Tests are usually most of your overall class grade, but you shouldn't stress yourself out about them too much. If you panic, that is not beneficial. As long as you work hard on and fully understand the homework, you will do just fine on the tests.

Fun Fact

I'm scared of heights but I'm an Aerospace Engineering major...the irony is not lost on me.

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Natalie Metz

Herndon, VA
3rd year, Civil Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

CEED Peer Mentoring
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
College Mentor for Kids

Internships/Co-Ops

Field Engineer Intern at Hensel Phelps Construction
Public Land Development Intern at Timmons Group

Favorite thing about VT?

The people, the beautiful places to spend time outside!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I had knwn to get involved in intramural sports right away!

Fun Fact

I biked across Iowa summer of 2018.

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Danielle Miller

Virginia Beach, VA
2nd year, Chemical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon
Galipatia Livng & Learning Community program
Cru
American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing about VT is the overwhelming sense of school spirit that brings everyone closer together.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I had known how different high school was from college life and how to smoothly adjust when it comes to school.

Fun Fact

The only bone I’ve ever broken is my nose.

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Sara Miller

Loudoun County, VA
2nd year, Chemical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
CEED Peer Mentor
National Honors Fraternity

Favorite thing about VT?

The community

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I would have known about the support offered to students.

Fun Fact

I don't like french fries.

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Ella Moore

Alexandria, VA
5th year, Biological Systems Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Sigma Kappa
SPARK
End ALZ (Alzheimer's)

Internships/Co-Ops

VT Advanced Research Computing (ARC) Research Intern
Merck Technical Operations Intern

Favorite thing about VT?

The community of people I’ve found here and how much everyone wants you to succeed!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

It takes time to find your people and place in college, don’t get discouraged and keep putting yourself out there!

Fun Fact

I’ve been skydiving twice!

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Matthew Morris

Corning, NY
5th year, Aerospace Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Undergraduate Researcher at the Hume Center
Member of the Virginia Tech Club Rowing Team
Spent Two Years as a CEED Peer Mentor

Internships/Co-Ops

Manufacutring Engineer Intern at Corning Incorporated (Summer 2019)
Avionics Systems Engineer Co-Op at Collins Aerospace (Spring/Summer 2020)
Space Systems Engineer Intern at Northrop Grumman (Summer 2021)

Favorite thing about VT?

Night football games in Lane Stadium

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Time is on your side when you start college. Being prepared and planning for the future is important, but it's equally important to embrace where you are in the present. Hard work always leads to new opportunities and being open to those opportunities will be huge to steering your path.

Fun Fact

I grew up hiking in the Adirondack Mountains in Northern NY but my goal is to start adding some 14er's out west to my list!

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Meghana Mudunuri

Ashburn, VA
4th year, Computer Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

CEED Peer Mentoring
Society of Women Engineers
Housing and Residence Life at VT
Association for Women in Computing (AWC)

Internships/Co-Ops

Internships at Northrop Grumman and L3 Harris

Favorite thing about VT?

The atmosphere of positivity and kindness

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I knew about the fact that there are a lot of ways to get opportunities and that there is not a clear cutout of a person that is seeked out for these. Everyone offers something different and when we work together we often are most successful.

Fun Fact

I don't like mint chocolate

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Alex Murias

Richmond, VA
2nd year, Biomedical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Virginia Tech Student's Engineers' Council (SEC)
Virginia Tech National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
Latin Link
Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean's Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Virginia Tech Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab - undergraduate research

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus environment (beautiful campus and amazing people)

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Explore on/off campus - VT has so much to offer

Fun Fact

Family is from Mexico!

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Meredith Olaya-Ramos

Newport News, VA
3rd year, Mining and Minerals Engineering (Spanish Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Dean's Team
Sigma Delta Pi

Internships/Co-Ops

Vulcan Materials Company

Favorite thing about VT?

The community

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

That I would have to change my study habits in order to succeed

Fun Fact

I play the violin

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Suinda Ossenkopp

Old Bridge, NJ
5th year, Chemical Engineering (Computer Science Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

President of AIChE Student Chapter
National Director of AIChE Executive Student Committee

Internships/Co-Ops

Internship with Celanese and two Co-Op rotations with AdvanSix

Favorite thing about VT?

the people and the food

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Get more involved my freshman year with outdoor activities and events around campus!

Fun Fact

I love to go tubing in the New River Valley!

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Jeremy Osten

Pittsburgh, PA
5th year, Chemical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Kappa
American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Internships/Co-Ops

3 rotations with Marathon Petroleum
2 internships with Impact Guard

Favorite thing about VT?

Football Gamedays

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Keep your dorm room open to meet new people.

Fun Fact

I am a licensed scuba diver

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Brooke Perkins

Richmond, VA
5th year, Chemical Engineering (Chemistry and Innovation Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE)

Internships/Co-Ops

Co-Op with The Clorox Company
Current Co-Op with WL Gore & Associates

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing about VT is the support system and family culture that we have here. Although, we all have different hardships and we are trying to accomplish different goals, I never alone while going through this college journey.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Don't stress out too early during your years here. Please enjoy Freshman year and take the time to get to know the community here and the students in your class.

Fun Fact

 love to explore different places and cultures. The farthest I have traveled was to China. Rome is next for me! 

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David Petrulis

Virginia Beach, VA
3rd year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Leadership & Social Change and Green Engineering Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Student Engineers’ Council
College of Engineering Dean’s Team
CEED
Class of 2023 Leadership Team
Filipino-American Student Association

Favorite thing about VT?

Our sense of community and willingness to serve others

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

It’s okay to seek opportunities and pursue passions that are different than others! College is about learning and growing as an individual. If your path is different than others’ and you’re happy and fulfilled in what you do, that is okay and that is wonderful!

Fun Fact

I’m currently learning Tagalog- a language from the Philippines!

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Emily Philpott

Yorktown, VA
2nd year, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Co-Project Manager of the VT Wind Turbine Team
Student Leader in Environmental Coalition at VT

Internships/Co-Ops

Civil Engineering Intern at Burns & McDonnell - Phoenix, AZ (2021)

Favorite thing about VT?

The welcoming atmosphere. It immediately feels like home.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Honestly I wish I had known to take math courses at NRCC.

Fun Fact

I took time after high school to work as a flight attendant for 5 years; I lived in France for 2 of those years.

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Lauren Pitz

Long Island, NY
4th year, Biomedical Engineering (Organizational Leadership Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Dean's Team
Relay For Life

Favorite thing about VT?

The community feel and dedication to service.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Join organizations and apply for design teams, you don't need to have a ton of experience to try it out.

Fun Fact

I've traveled to 3 of the smallest countries in the world!

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Shelby Platner

Frederick, MD

3rd year, Materials Science and Engineering (Green Engineering and Economics Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Materials Engineering Professional Society
CEED Peer Mentor
Newman Catholic Campus Ministry
Class of 2023 Leadership Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Summer 2021 - Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock, NREIP Intern
Fall 2020 - NSWC Philadelipa, NREIP Intern
Summer 2020 - NIST, computational materials science intern

Favorite thing about VT?

The community! Tech has incredible people and an infectious Hokie spirit. It feels like home!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

You can't be involved in everything like you were in high school - pick a few organizations, and give them your all!

Fun Fact

At the age of 3, I had lived on three continents (Australia, Asia, North America)!

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Tyler Pugh

South Riding, VA
5th year, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Spanish

Professional/Student Organizations

Hokie Ambassador
Resident Advisor
Industrial and Systems Engineering Ambassadors

Internships/Co-Ops

Budweiser Supply Chain Intern

Favorite thing about VT?

The people! I've met some of my best friends during late night study sessions, random morning hikes, and other amazing memories.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Invest in a good pair of walking shoes and know how to hang a hammock!

Fun Fact

I interned in San Francisco this summer

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Rachel Resnick

Honduras

2nd year, Biological Systems Engineering (Music Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Astronomy Club
Challah for Life

Favorite thing about VT?

I love all the research opportunities here

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Types of undergrad research availabile here

Fun Fact

I've played piano for about 13 years

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Avery Rhem

Winston-Salem, NC
3rd year, Mining and Minerals Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration
Wesley Campus Ministry

Internships/Co-Ops

Vulcan Materials

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing is how big and spread out the campus is, as well as the people here.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I had realized how helpful professors would actually be instead of what is said during High School.

Fun Fact

I love to 3d print things.

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Kathryn Robertson

Dayton, MD
5th year, Electrical Engineering (Spanish Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

RockSat-X

Internships/Co-Ops

Internships: NASA Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center
Co-ops: NASA Johnson Space Center and Kennedy Space Center

Favorite thing about VT?

The sense of community and Hokie spirit!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Even though you may be set on a specific engineering discipline, take your time to explore all engineering majors throughout your first year.

Fun Fact

I lead the "Let's Go Hokies" chant at one of the VT football games.

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Emily Rogers

Mars, PA
3rd year, Biomedical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Society
CEED Peer Mentor
Undergraduate Researcher in the Wang Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab
Bioactivity Design Team

Favorite thing about VT?

The Hokie Community! Ever person I've met here at Tech is so unique and interesting, and we all look out for each other! It's so nice to be a part of that community and get to know others and their stories!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

It is super easy to get involved here! Although the amount of clubs may seem overwhelming for freshman (I definitely had a little trouble figuring out where to start), it's actually a really good opportunity to find organizations that fit YOUR specific interests and meet people that share them!

Fun Fact

I'm a big fan of philosophy! Learning more about different schools of thought has actually helped me learn to deal with stress in a lot of different ways!

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Johann Ruiz

Midlothian, VA
2nd year, Computer Engineering (Computer Science Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Calhoun Discovery Program
Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence Scholar
CEED Peer Mentoring
COE Dean's Team
Apartment Fellow at HRC
Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Newman Catholic Campus Ministry

Internships/Co-Ops

Raytheon Fellowship with Hume Center (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)
Undergraduate Research Assistant at Bioelectromechanics Lab (Spring and Summer 2021)
STEP Summer Bridge Residence Hall Advisor (Summer 2021)

Favorite thing about VT?

Virginia Tech, hands down, has the best campus ever. All the buildings, both academic, residential, and dining falls, are close together and are supported by the amazing looking Hokie stone. It truly feels like a second home with students now being on campus and being able to walk everywhere I need to be!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

It's fascinating how simple it is to get undergraduate research—all you need a genuine interest and the courage to contact professors asking if they have any space in their labs!

Fun Fact

I have a twin brother named Jovan (no he doesn't go to Tech).

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Kevin Sandler

Merrick, NY
4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Theme Park Engineering and Design Club
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Idustrial & Systems Engineering Ambassadors
Dean’s Team
Hokie Ambassadors
Collegiate Times News
Relay For Life
Student Alumni Association

Internships/Co-Ops

Ride Operations Intern Moreys Piers
IT Intern Lockheed Martin

Favorite thing about VT?

Despite it being a large school, everywhere you go in Blacksburg and around Tech you will always run into someone you know.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

There’s free tutoring for math

Fun Fact

I track my happiness on a scale from zero to ten for the past three and a half years in fifteen minute intervals and I’m doing analysis and research to understand what aspects of ones life leads to fulfillment.

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Alex Scalzo

Charlottesville, VA
5th year, Chemical Engineering (Green Engineering and Chemistry Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Alpha Tau Omega

Internships/Co-Ops

Westrock
PepsiCo

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus is so active

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

That you have to separately apply to scholarships

Fun Fact

I played soccer in Italy

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Grace Schaeffler

Hampton, VA
5th year, Materials Science and Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Women Engineers
Gamma Phi Beta
Materials Engineering Professional Society
Materials Engineering Engagement Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Internship:
Kollmorgen (Summer 2020)
Plexus Corp (Summer 2021)

Co-Op:
Kollmorgen (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021)

Favorite thing about VT?

The community and the school spirit!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Get to know your academic advisor! They know your program better than anyone else on campus and are here to help you succeed!

Fun Fact

I studied abroad and lived in Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria!

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Maylina Sengkhyavong

Northern Virginia
Computer Science (Cyber Security and Mathematics Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
Vietnamese Student Association

Internships/Co-Ops

Parsons Corporation
Microsoft

Favorite thing about VT?

The people

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

STEP is a great program!

Fun Fact

I'm ambidextrous

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Ashlyn St. Clair

Roanoke, VA
5th year, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers

Internships/Co-Ops

Kimley-Horn in Raleigh, NC

Favorite thing about VT?

Sense of community in everything from athletics to class to clubs!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I had known more about all the different engineering majors offered and the paths within each major.

Fun Fact

One of my bucket list items is to cage dive with great white sharks!

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Leanna Tarr

Stafford, VA
4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Institute of Idustrial & System Engineers
Wesley Foundation at Virginia Tech
CHAARG

Internships/Co-Ops

The Christman Company
Cruise

Favorite thing about VT?

The beautiful campus and supportive culture! 

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Talk to as many people as possible! Connections are good and not just for professional reasons.

Fun Fact

I can make a clover shape with my tongue!

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Mehir Vashistha

Chantilly, VA 
5th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Hume Fellow
Consulting Group at Virginia Tech
Dean’s Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Perspecta (now Peraton)
Lockheed Martin

Favorite thing about VT?

How motivating the atmosphere can be

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Don’t shy away from being uncomfortable... adversity leads to growth

Fun Fact

Play a lot of golf

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Pranav Wadhwa

Gainesville, VA
2nd year, Computer Science

Professional/Student Organizations

Dean's Team
VTHacks
Bhangra at VT
Society Of Indian Americans (SIA)

Internships/Co-Ops

Currently continuing a part-time internship at Fueled. Previously at Wagr (sports betting startup) and Yext.

Favorite thing about VT?

The beautiful campus

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

More about scholarships and the general engineering program.

Fun Fact

I have an older brother at VT but we’re graduating at the same time.

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Victoria Welker

Raleigh, NC
2nd year, Construction Engineering & Mangement (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon
(looking to join Theme Parks and Engineering Design Club)

Favorite thing about VT?

Blacksburg is such a welcoming and beautiful place to live, and everyone on campus is happy to be a Hokie

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I had known about all the different class opportunities—Virginia Tech has so much to offer, and no one path is correct!

Fun Fact

I am a really huge hockey fan, and my favorite team is the Carolina Hurricanes

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Kate Whaley

Richmond, VA
2nd year, Materials Science & Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Materials Engineering Professional Society (MEPS)
Dean’s Team
Alpha Delta Pi
DEI Committee for ADPi (Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity)
CEED

Favorite thing about VT?

The gorgeous views!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

There are girls who are just as motivated and diverse as yourself! Don’t be intimidated by the male population of engineers.

Fun Fact

I have double jointed pinkies!

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Ashley Woodward

Wilmington, NC

4th year, Mining and Minerals Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Mining
Metallurgy & Exploration
International Society of Explosives Engineers
American Rock Mechanics Association
Mu Nu Gamma Honor Society
Bevlee Watford Society

Internships/Co-Ops

Texas A&M Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Program (USRG)
Virginia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Favorite thing about VT?

The research opportunities and family like atmosphere!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Taking high level math courses in high school can really help prepare you for the engineering curriculum.

Fun Fact

 I enjoy woodworking with my family.

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Shannon Woolfolk

Gainesville, VA
4th year, Electrical Engineering - Energy and Power Electronic Systems

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Women Engineers
IEEE

Internships/Co-Ops

Dominion Energy

Favorite thing about VT?

The community

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

Sit down with an academic advisor in the beginning of your academic college career because there are so many pathways to reach a goal and succeed at VT.

Fun Fact

I studied abroad in Spain and Morocco after my freshman year.

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Emma Grace Woolsey

Blacksburg, VA
2nd year, Industrial & Systems Engineering (Spanish Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Marching Virginians
Consulting Group at Virginia Tech (CGVT)
VT Wind Ensemble
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Favorite thing about VT?

The welcoming and friendly culture of most people in the Hokie community!

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

I wish I had known how much my rigorous high school background would help me in my freshman year at VT.

Fun Fact

I love doing body combat workouts to get my pent-up energy out!

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Justin Wu

Arlington, VA
Masters, Mechanical Engineering ('21 Undergrad in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Ford Motor Company, GE Aviation

Favorite thing about VT?

Love the people here, I always feel like easy to connect with people and that there is always someone that can help me.

Something you wish you had known applying to/coming to VT?

College is a very important part of your life, academically but also on a personal level. Make sure that you chose a college that you can really call home!

Fun Fact

I didn't get my driver's license until I was 20.