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The Dean's Team

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

Dean's Team 2022-2023

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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Miguel Alonso

Fairfax, VA
4th year, Computer Science (Mathematics Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

CS Ambassador
CEED Peer Mentor
UTA

Internships/Co-Ops

Amazon SDE Intern (Summer 2021, 2022)
Co-Op Engineer at Peraton

Favorite thing about VT?

Football games.

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

I'd wish I knew that college would take time to transition to and its not an immediate change.

Fun Fact

I have never broken a bone.

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Quinn Anderson

Chicago, IL
2nd Year, Computer Science

Professional/Student Organizations

Student Alumni Association
FLEX
Outdoor Club

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentoring

Favorite thing about VT?

I love football games and the surrounding area to hike in!

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

School wise take the first month seriously because it gets harder, and socially say yes to everything really.

Fun Fact

I play the bagpipes.

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Chris Angus

Boyertown, PA
4th year, Mechanical Engineering 

Professional/Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Kappa
Juxtaposition a Capella
Dean's Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Launch Quality Engineering @ Rivian
Special Projects Engineer @ Rivian
Battery Manufacturing Engineer @ Tesla

CEED Participation?

Galileo
CEED Peer Mentoring Alum

Favorite thing about VT?

The people!

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

Rain pants.

Fun Fact

My brother used to hold the Guinness world record for biggest mouth.

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Kylie Arnold

Pittsburgh, PA
3rd Year, Chemical Engineering (Spanish Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Alpha Chi Omega
Undergraduate Research in the Chemistry Department
Student Alumni Associaes
Leadership Team for Class of 2024
American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Internships/Co-Ops

Dominion Energy - Renewables

CEED Particiation?

WEST Peer Mentoring

Favorite thing about VT?

How supportive an environment it is to grow and learn!

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

How easy it is to get involved with events like GobblerFest!

Fun Fact

I have a dual citizenship between the USA and Japan!

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Gabby Arriaga

2nd Year, Aerospace Engineering

 

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Jessica Aujla

Centreville, VA
4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Business and Innovation Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer
Industrial & Systems Ambassadors
Bhangra at Virginia Tech

Internships/Co-Ops

Technical Consulting Engineer Intern @ Cisco
Program Management Intern @ Lockheed Martin
Procurement Operations Intern @ Lockheed Martin
Procurement Operations Co-Op @ Lockheed Martin

CEED Participation?

CEED Peer Mentor (2020 to 2022)

Favorite thing about VT?

The community!

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

There is so much opportunity here, whether is be personal growth or career opportunities. Take advantage of it all!

Fun Fact

I'm a huge Washington Capitals fan!

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Brandon Avram

Goochland, VA
2nd year, Mechanical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

VT Alpine Ski Team

CEED Participation?

Galipatia

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus itself is beautiful! Also the surrounding areas are amazing and the food is delicious!

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

I wish I had known which dorm to pick!

Fun Fact

I have been to the lower 48 states and I would like to work on cars.

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Raf Balderas

Mooresville, NC (originally from Mexico City)
4th Year, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Internships/Co-Ops

Minser Integrated

CEED Participation?

Galipatia

Favorite thing about VT?

Campus and football games.

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

Plan to study abroad early.

Fun Fact

At one point I was in the top 50 fastest drone racing pilots in the world.

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Christina Bryan

Richmond, VA
5th year, Chemical Engineering (Chemistry Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

National Society of Black Engineers
AICHE

Internships/Co-Ops

Process Design Engineer Intern (ExxonMobil, Summer 2020)
Production Engineer Co-op (Dow, Spring 2021)
Improvement Engineer Co-op (Dow, Fall 2021)
Process Analytical Co-Op (Dow, Summer 2022)

CEED Participation?

Galipatia
Peer Mentoring
CEED Tutoring

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 33 concerts so far! My first one ever was The Cheetah Girls when I was about six years old and my most recent one was Gunna (here at VT!) in 2022.

Anything else?

I'll be returning to work for Dow full-time as an Improvement Engineer following graduation!

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Michael Chaney

Westminster, MD
4th Year, Industrial & Systems Engineering (Science, Technology, & Law Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Class of 2023 Leadership Team
ISE Ambassadors
Phi Sigma Kappa

Internships/Co-Ops

Northrop Grumman Internship 2020, 2021, 2022 (Software Engineer for 2020 and 2021, Systems Engineer for 2022)

Favorite thing about VT?

The people!

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

How rapidly the weather can change here.

Fun Fact

I have a big passion for photography and videography.

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Macey Cohn

Gloucester, VA
4th year, Computer Science (Cinema and Mathematics Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Residential Well-being Student Leader
Hokie Ambassador

Favorite thing about VT?

The amazing people! The students, faculty, and staff, are all so empathetic and willing to help out. The environment here just can't be matched.

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

There are so many resources here that, no matter how niche your interests, you can find plenty of places and people to explore those interests with.

Fun Fact

I've hiked the Cascades (the best hike around Blacksburg) 6 times, including once when it was flooded and frozen over and once with my grandpa!

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Hunter Dansei

Annapolis, MD
3rd 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
3rd year, Materials Science and Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Materials Engineering Professional Society (MEPS)
Student Success Center Tutor
Society of Plastics Engineers

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus and Blacksburg in the Fall.

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

Join clubs early, Virginia Tech has clubs for everything and its a great way to meet other people.

Fun Fact

 I speak 4 languages.

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Alexandra DiBernardi

Chester, NY
3rd year, Civil Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers
Alpha Phi

Internship/Co-Ops

Internship at Colliers Engineering & Design

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus is so amazing! Every season is so beautiful and walking around is so peaceful.

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

I wish I knew to get involved sooner. Joining organizations and clubs makes the transition much smoother and makes you feel more at home.

Fun Fact

My favorite way to destress from school is to play piano!

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Olivia Esch

Saint Paul, MN
3rd year, Biomedical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon
Quality of Life Plus Student Chapter

Favorite thing about VT?

Leaves changing colors in the fall + the Hokie Stone!!

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

Everyone starts out not knowing a ton of people - even in state students!

Fun Fact

I was the largest youth performing circus in the country!

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Renata Farrell

New Market, MD
2nd Year, Materials Science & Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Undergraduate Researcher
Therapeutic Ultrasound and Non-Invasive Therapies Laboratory
TEAM Malawi
Materials Engineering Professional Society
Campus Ministry

Internships/Co-Ops

Summer 2022: Focused Ultrasound Foundation Global Scholar

Favorite thing about VT?

The amazing oppotunities for undergraduate stuednts to be a part of research.

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

Talk to your professors! Every professor has been on a different path to academia and generally love to talk about their educational experiences.

Fun Fact

I am a dual citizen with the US and Canada.

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Zack Feldman

Palm Beach Gardens, FL
3rd year, Building Construction

Professional/Student Organizations

Building Construction Ambassadors
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
COE Dean's Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Development Intern at Amblebrook Gettysburg
Project Engineer Intern at Grunley Construction Company
Engineer Intern at Turner Construction Company

Favorite thing about VT?

The positive and supportive facility and student body!

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

I wish I had looked into all the student organizations earlier. We have 800+ here at Virginia Tech.

Fun Fact

I am certified to drive at All Terrain Vehicle in the State of Florida.

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Olivia Ferrare

Yorktown, VA
3rd Year, Industrial & Systems Engineering (Professional and Technically Writing Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Collegiate Times student newspaper
Catholic Campus Ministry
Alpha Omega Epsilon

Internships/Co-Ops

Computer Program Analyst at NASA Langley Research Center
Mechanical Engineer at WM Jordan
Lean Manufacturing Engineering Intern at GE Gas Power

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentee

Favorite thing about VT?

I love the way everyone helps each other and keeps community at the heart of everything!

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

Engineering is a team sport; everyone goes through struggles so you are not alone!

Fun Fact

I can do a one-handed cartwheel!

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Eric Friedemann

Spring City, PA
4th 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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Bruce Furaha

Northern Virginia
2nd Year, Chemical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

AIChE
Chem-E-Car
InterVarsity

Internships/Co-Ops

Co-Ops at DuPont (Spruance, Richmond, VA site)

Favorite thing about VT?

Hokie spirit, the Campus!!

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

Get involved right away. There are so many opportunities to get involved in and it is hard to know what you truly want to do without trying out different options. Also, try ou the hokie bucketlist and have fun along the way. Virginia Tech is so much fun. Football games are amazing.

Fun Fact

I once helped Dr. Jill Biden, the current first lady, in her tutoring class at NOVA CC where she worked as a teacher. It was a humbling experience to see the now first lady helping advance education.

Anything else?

ChemE is so fun! Join us, I'm biased.

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Landen Furr

Wilmington, NC
3rd Year, Civil Engineering & Spanish

Professional/Student Organizations

Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society
Meterology Club

Internships/Co-Ops

Seaboard Surveying & Planning Internship

CEED Participation?

Galileo
Women's Preview Weekend

Favorite thing about VT?

The community.

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

I wish I had known how rigorous the Math department is for engineering students. It is definitely a challenge to overcome but these classes teach you great work ethic.

Fun Fact

I am fluent in Spanish!

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Marah Ghanem

Centreville, VA
4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

President - Alpha Pi Mu
Webmaster - IISE

Internships/Co-Ops

Altria
Excelaration Center

CEED Participation?

Women's Preview Weekend Planning Committee

Favorite thing about VT?

Endless opportunities to take advantage of! Be sure to get to know your peers and professors on a deeper level. It's not only nice to have familiar faces around, but you never know when a connection may come in handy.

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

Take time to have fun! It'll make you happier, healthier, and smarter in the long run. You can even talk to an advisor and change up your academic plan to make space for hobbies and self-care.

Fun Fact

I was born in Bethlehem, Palestine (where I also attended middle school) so I speak both English and Arabic fluently. :D

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Sumaiya Haque

McLean, VA
4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Philosphy, Politics, and Economics Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Class of 2023 Leadership Team
Engineer's Forum
Middle Eastern and North African Student Association
Muslim Student Association

Internships/Co-Ops

Summer Fellow at Calhoun Center at Higher Education Innovation
Corporate Social Responsibility Intern at Billtrust
Civil Rights & Legal Intern at CAIR

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 photography!

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Maura Harbaugh

Pittsburgh, PA
3rd year, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
Office of Sustainability 
Tau Beta Pi
Fluid

Internships/Co-Ops

BDO USA, LLP
Office of Sustainability Intern

CEED Participation?

Galipatia

Favorite thing about VT?

The beautiful campus & camaraderie amongst professors and students.

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

I wish I had looked into what clubs and opportunities were available so that I could have hit the ground running when I got to VT my freshman year. There is so much to do and be inolved in that it can be hard to pick and choose between things with the limited time we have at college.

Fun Fact

I am a proud cat mom of a kitten named Mushu. :) (like from Mulan)

Anything else?

Join AWRA at VT it is the best club ;) (this is TOTALLY unbiased btw)

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Katie Henk

Smithfield, VA
5th 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
5th year, Construction Engineering and Management & Leadership and Service (AROTC)

Professional/Student Organizations

Theta Tau
Corps of Cadets/ Army ROTC

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentoring
STEP

Favorite thing about VT?

The atmosphere and the comradery.

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

The amount of opportunities available to seek out help in classes.

Fun Fact

This past summer I was in Germany for an Army ROTC program and went to 5 countries in 4 days.

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Parus Hundal

Vienna, VA
2nd Year, Computer Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

CEED Participation?

Galipatia

Favorite thing about VT?

The community.

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

There are a ton of resources available to the students at VT, and all of the faculty are so incredibly devoted to our success!

Fun Fact

I'm huge into martial arts, especially Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing.

Anything else?

I work at the Smith Career Center during the Fall and Spring Semesters as a Peer Career Advisor.

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Alexandria Johnson

Prince George, VA
3rd Year, Civil Engineering (Civil Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

National Society of Black Engineering (NSBE)
Global Engineering Ambassadors
International Association of Emergency Manager (IAEM)

Internships/Co-Ops

Summer 2022 Internship - Land Development Intern at Timmons Group

Favorite thing about VT?

The location! The mountains are so pretty.

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

How many opportunities there are to get involved on campus!

Fun Fact

I was born in Luxembourg! Also, I volunteered on Pit Road at a NASCAR race over the summer!

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Dwight Jones

Richmond, VA
4th Year, Mechanical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Undergraduate Research at the Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety
Yates' Society
Eta Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated

Internships/Co-Ops

Amazon (Product Design Engineering)
Trane Technologies (Mechanical Product Design Engineering)

Favorite thing about VT?

The opportunities available to students!

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

There's a club/org for anything you might be interested in! If there isn't, you can make your own!

Fun Fact

I collect keychains from everywhere I travel! (My lanyard is getting quite heavy now)

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Albert Kodua

Dale City, VA
1st year Masters in Materials Science & Engineering
Graduated 2021, Materials Science & Engineering (Green Engineering and Math Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

National Society of Black Engineers
Virginia Tech Union

Internships/Co-Ops

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Student Research Program
NASA Student Airborn Research Program
NASA DEVELOP
2 NASA OSTEM Internships

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentor Graduate Coordinator

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 ahve 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 working with MIT Lincoln Laboratory to create a CubeSat space mission as part of my master's thesis.

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Amir Lahoud

Brooklyn, NY
2nd Year, Mechanical Engineering (Creative Writing Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

WUVT PSA Writer

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus.

Fun Fact

I'm a triplet!

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Rachel Mannasse

River Vale, NJ
3rd year, Biomedical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Hokie Ambassador
Zeta Tau Alpha
Quality of Life Plus
Snow Club

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentee

Favorite thing about VT?

The people I have met.

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Frank McGuire

5th year, Building Construction

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Livy Meeting

New Albany, OH
3rd year, Mechanical Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Women Engineers
Women's Club Water Polo

CEED Participation?

Galipatia LLC

Favorite thing about VT?

The culture and community of campus

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

Going to a school where you don't know anyone is not as scary as it sounds and is a great way to grow as a person!

Fun Fact

I am the only person in my extended family to go out of state for college.

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Cora Meno

Cedar Point, NC
3rd year, Aerospace Engineering (Naval Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Hume Center Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Research Fellow
IC CAE Scholar
Sigma Gamma Tau Member
DoD SMART Scholar

Internships/Co-Ops

Pathways Intern – Dept. of Navy FRC-East (Summer 2021 and 2022)

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentorship Program Mentee 2020

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
4th year, Civil Engineering 

Professional/Student Organizations

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
College Mentor for Kids

Internships/Co-Ops

Hensel Phelps - Field Engineer Intern (Winter 2020)
Timmons Group - Land Development Intern (Summer 2021)
J2 Engineers - Land Development Intern (Summer 2022)

CEED Participation?

CEED Peer Mentor

Favorite thing about VT?

The students, professors, and positive environment!

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

Don't be afraid to ask for help -- there are plenty of resources here and many people willing to help you.

Fun Fact

I have cycled across the state of Iowa.

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Danielle Miller

Virginia Beach, VA
3rd year, Chemical Engineering (Chemistry Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Nature Inspired Fluids and Interfaces Lab

Internships/Co-Ops

Westinghouse Electric Co. (Summer 2022)

CEED Participation?

Galipatia

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

I competitively roller skated for a short while when I was younger.

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Sara Miller

Loudoun County, VA
3rd 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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Claudia Morgan

Franklin County, VA
4th year, Building Construction

Professional/Student Organizations

Associated Schools of Construction Concrete Competition Team
Building Women in Construction

Internships/Co-Ops

MB Contractors
Hourigan Construction
Baker Concrete Construction

Favorite thing about VT?

The atmosphere and school spirit!! This is definitely HOME!

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

I wish I had gotten involved in different organizations and clubs right away.

Fun Fact

Both my parents went to Virginia Tech!

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Meghana Mudunuri

Ashburn, VA
1st Year Masters, Computer Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Women Engineers
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
3rd year, Biomedical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Virginia Tech National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
Latin Link
SHPE

CEED Participation?

Galipatia
Peer Mentoring

Favorite thing about VT?

Diverse community of hokies.

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

Blacksburg campus is at its peak in the fall.

Fun Fact

The essay that got me into VT was my love for coffee!

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Ken Nwabuoku

2nd Year, Computer Science

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Ashlyn O'Neill

Stewartstown, PA
2nd Year, Civil Engineering (minors in Green Engineering and Strategic Communication)

Professional/Student Organizations

ASCE at VT Secretary
SAA
Cassell Guard
BWIC
Hokie Ambassadors
VT Clay Target Team
Homecoming Board Director of the Court
Concrete Canoe
Red Cross Club
Collegiate Times Sportswriter

Internships/Co-Ops

Whiting-Turner Project Engineer Intern Summer 2022

CEED Participation?

1st Year Hypatia Student

Favorite thing about VT?

Everyone I've met and all the amazing activities both in the engineering realm and outside!

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

Definitely to bring more clothes than you may think you need. I for one under packed for cold weather clothing my freshman year. My parents had to mail some pants and jackets to me which was a hassle. Whoever moves you in can always take items back home with them.

Fun Fact

I cannot whistle nor roll my tongue; most people can at least do one or the other.

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Meredith Olaya-Ramos

Newport News, VA
4th year, Mining and Minerals Engineering (Spanish Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Sigma Delta Pi
Burkhart
ISEE
BWS

Internships/Co-Ops

Vulcan Materials Company
Granite Construction Company

CEED Participation?

Galipatia

Favorite thing about VT?

The community.

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

To put myself out there more as an underclassmen.

Fun Fact

I have a cat named Cosmo.

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Rishi Patel

Richmond, VA
4th year, Aerospace Engineering (Math Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Sigma Gamma Tau
Student Alumni Associates

Internships/Co-Ops

National Aerospace Standards Intern (Aerospace Industries Association, Summer 2021)
Systems Engineering Intern (Wisk Aero, Summer 2022)

Favorite thing about VT?

The people by far! I love the friends and memories I've made. The campus is also incredibly beautiful, and I can't get enough of the sunsets in Blacksburg.

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

Not everything is going to make sense at first, and getting adjusted to a new home takes time. Give yourself that time! Slowly, but surely, the pieces will come together. :)

Fun Fact

I love lazercutting and have my own DIY lazercut projects.

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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)
Alpha Omega Epsilon
American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Internships/Co-Ops

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

CEED Participation?

Pre-College Initiative Program (PCI)

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing about VT is the strong support that I receive from the community.

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

I wish I would have known more about the STEP Program. I believe I would have been more prepared before coming in as a Freshman. I would highly encourage new students to take advantage of this program, which will make their Freshman journey more smooth.

Fun Fact

I love an adventure! The most adventurous thing I've done was rode the Toboggan down The Great Wall of China.

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David Petrulis

Virginia Beach, VA
4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Leadership & Social Change and Green Engineering Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

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

Internships/Co-Ops

Solution Engineering Intern with DocuSign

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentoring Program (Mentee and Mentor)

Favorite thing about VT?

My favorite thing about VT is the people! The spirit of Virginia Tech is unmatched, and I appreciate the support and service we have throughout our community.

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

Before coming to VT, I wish I knew how to effectively network with academic leaders and recruiters. It's not a challenge once you work with confidence!

Fun Fact

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

Anything else?

College is a great opportunity to discover yourself and what you love. Take advantage of this time!

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Emily Philpott

Yorktown, VA
3rd year, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

American Society of Civil Engineers
VT Wind Turbine Team
Environmental Coalition 

Internships/Co-Ops

Civil Engineering Intern at Burns & McDonnell - Phoenix, AZ (2021 and 2022)

Favorite thing about VT?

My professors and peers.

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

I wish I had taken more applicable AP math/science courses in high school.

Fun Fact

I lived in Nice, France for 2 years while working as a flight attendant. Et oui, je peux parler le francais.

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Margee Pipaliya

Rajkot, Gujarat, India
4th Year, Aerospace Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Treasurer - AIAA
Vice President - CEED International Student Support Team

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentoring

Favorite thing about VT?

Campus community.

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Nathan Rand

Round Hill, VA
3rd Year, Aerospace Engineering (minor in Math)

Internships/Co-Ops

Pathways Intern at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Sequoia Holdings and NIST

Favorite thing about VT?

I really like the ability to meet new people and get involved in new things, it is an environment that really makes Tech feel like home!

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

That it is less important what major you end up in, and more of what you make of it.

Fun Fact

I love to cook, bake, play volleyball, and am the founder of a banana themed tech startup!

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Rachel Resnick

Leesburg, VA
3rd year, Biological Systems Engineering (Music Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Undergraduate Research

CEED Participation?

Hypatia

Favorite thing about VT?

I love the mountains and the natural environment here. Every year it gets more beautiful.

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

I wish I knew that the engineering professors here aren't scary people - they want their students to succeed and are open to questions and giving extra help if needed.

Fun Fact

I'm a multi-instrumentalist!

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Avery Rhem

Winston-Salem, NC
4th year, Mining and Minerals Engineering (Geoscience Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Astrobotics

Internships/Co-Ops

Vulcan Materials - 2021
Lehigh Hanson - 2022

CEED Mentoring?

Peer Mentoring

Favorite thing about VT?

The community and how helpful everyone is.

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

It's a lot easier to talk about things that interest you once you get into your major and others share the same interests.

Fun Fact

I love to 3d print when I'm home.

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Emily Rogers

Mars, PA
4th year, Biomedical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Society
Undergraduate Researcher in the Wang Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab
BEAM Ambassador

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentoring (Peer Leader)

Favorite thing about VT?

The Hokie Community! Every 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 coached youth lacrosse for 5 years.

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Johann Ruiz

Midlothian, VA
3rd 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
Newman Catholic Campus Ministry

Internships/Co-Ops

Software Engineering Internship with Ratheon Intelligence and Space at Dulles (still working there now part-time)
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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Hiba Sayed

Ashburn, VA
3rd Year, Computer Science (minor in Mathematics)

Professional/Student Organizations

Infinitum Design Team
Residential and Student Wellbeing
Society of Women Engineers
Association of Women in Computing
Computer Science Ambassador

Internships/Co-Ops

Deloitte
IBM Software Accelerate Program

CEED Participation?

Galipatia

Favorite thing about VT?

Everyone is willing to help you and find ways to help you succeed.

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

There is going to be an adjustment period and that the things that worked in high school might not work in college.

Fun Fact

I am graduating a year early!

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Leanna Tarr

Stafford, VA
5th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering (minor Economics)

Professional/Student Organizations

ISE Ambassadors
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
Wesley Foundation at Virginia Tech

Internships/Co-Ops

The Christman Company
Cruise Inc.
Moog Inc.
Campbell Soup Company

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentoring

Favorite thing about VT?

The campus and sports!

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

Be open to try anything! There is so much to do. Closing yourself off from activities might make you miss something great!

Fun Fact

I've been to almost 50 states!

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Jason Van Tine

Ellicott City, MD
3rd Year, Mechanical Engineering (Economics Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Beta Theta Pi

Internships/Co-Ops

Co-Op with West Rock (Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Summer 2024)
Internship with Northrop Grumman (Summer 2022)
Internship with EFI Group (Summer 2021)

CEED Participation?

CEED GUEST Mentee

Favorite thing about VT?

The blue collar/family feel of campus.

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

bring snow boots, pants, and gloves for the snowball fight.

Fun Fact

My favorite place to study freshman year was the Hahn Horticulture Garden.

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Carolina Vega Alvarado

Villalba, Puerto Rico
3rd year, Chemical Engineering

Professional/Student Organizations

American Institute of Chemical Engineer
Residential Well-Being Student Leader

Internships/Co-Ops

Rovisys Systems Engineer Co-Op Summer 2022

Favorite thing about VT?

The people here!

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

The incredible amount of resources available to students.

Fun Fact

I went to 10 schools in the span of 4th-12th grade.

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Sujay Venuganti

Yorktown, VA
3rd Year, Aerospace Engineering (minor in Music)

Professional/Student Organizations

Orbital Launch Vehicle Team
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Internships/Co-Ops

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Favorite thing about VT?

The opportunities; every student has the chance to get involved within their engineering discipline, whether it be through joining clubs, conducting research, and working in design teams.

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

Don't be afraid to ask for help! Your peers and teachers want you to succeed, and you can only do that by taking that first step by reaching out to them. 

Fun Fact

I enjoy watching and playing soccer.

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Shefali Verma

Fairfax, VA
2nd Year, Civil Engineering (Green Engineering, Math, and Asian Studies Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Indian Americans
Concrete Canoe

CEED Participation?

WEST
Peer Mentor for GUEST

Favorite thing about VT?

I love meeting many different types of people from different places and majors.

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

There are so many ways to get involved academically and socially. Reach out to your teachers and peers to find something that interests you!

Fun Fact

Every year I go to a farm to pick apricots and then I use them to make jam.

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Pranav Wadhwa

Gainesville, VA
3rd year, Computer Science

Professional/Student Organizations

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

Internships/Co-Ops

Software Engineer Intern at Squarespace
Part-Time Internship at Fueled
Wagr (sports bettering startup)
Yext

Favorite thing about VT?

The beautiful campus and nature.

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

When to apply to jobs and internships.

Fun Fact

I have an older brother who is graduating with me.

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Sydney Weeks

Clemson, SC
2nd Year, Industrial & Systems Engineering (Computer Science and Science, Technology, & Law Minors)

Professional/Student Organizations

Society of Women in Engineering
Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Student Alumni Associates
Class Officer
Student Life Council
Freshman Leadership Experience Mentor

Internships/Co-Ops

Software Engineering at Collins Aerospace in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

CEED Participation?

Peer Mentor

Favorite thing about VT?

The crazy number of opportunities - I have no doubt however niche of a passion you have - there is a club, organization, or other person interested on campus! I find that so comforting.

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

You don't have to have everything figured out because you will meet people on campus who teach you new things that open new doors you never thought possible.

Fun Fact

Favorite animal is a squirrel - I'm very passionate about them. :)

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Victoria Welker

Raleigh, NC
3rd year, Construction Engineering & Mangement (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Epsilon - service officer
Undergraduate Researcher for Myers-Lawson School of Construction
COE Dean's Team

Internships/Co-Ops

Engineering Intern at Whiting-Turner for Summer of 2022 & 2023

CEED Participation?

Former Hypatia Student

Favorite thing about VT?

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

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

Virginia Tech has so much to offer in both classes & clubs - no one path is correct!

Fun Fact

I looooove music! My longest Spotify playlist is 31 hours long!

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Kate Whaley

Richmond, VA
3rd year, Materials Science & Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Undergraduate Research
Alpha Delta Pi
MSE Ambassador
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

CEED Participation?

Peer mentoring

Favorite thing about VT?

The sunsets.

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

It's hilly.

Fun Fact

I have double jointed pinkies.

Anything else?

I did research in Ghana for upcycling sustainable materials.

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Emma Grace Woolsey

Blacksburg, VA
3rd 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)

Internships/Co-Ops

Project Engineer Co-Op at FedEx Ground Fall 2022, Summer 2023, Spring 2024
Suplly Chain Intern at Premier Summer 2022

CEED Participation?

Galipatia, C-Tech2

Favorite thing about VT?

The boundless opportunities for involvement and many resources available for engineers.

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

Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and be willing to grow as a person during your time at VT.

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Daisy Yates

Richmond, VA 
2nd Year, Civil Engineering (Green Engineering Minor)

Professional/Student Organizations

Residential Well-being Student Leader
Honors College Student Council
Competitive Mock Trial
American Society of Civil Engineering

Internships/Co-Ops

Research Assistant in an Enviornmental Water Resources Lab

Favorite thing about VT?

The school spirit and welcoming community!

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

I wish I knew about all the opportunities to get outdoors! We are located in the mountains right near the New River and soo many hiking trails.

Fun Fact

I crochet! I've made lots of things in VT Colors.