At Virginia Tech is an active member in the National Society of Black Engineers, CommonWEALTH of Scholars, Help Me Help You, and participated in the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program. She has also interned with Altria in Richmond, Virginia.
Her favorite thing about Virginia Tech is opportunity to take interesting education classes, like Theorizing Beyonce, Navigating White Privilege, and Working for Racial Equity. She also loves campus food!
One piece of advice she would like to give freshmen: manage your time and know what resources are available for students on campus.
Austin has also worked for Chick-fil-A for three years and has always said, “my pleasure.” It is now ingrained. She often says it even when she is not on the job. She has enjoyed living in the Hypatia Community and being a resident advisor for Hypatia.
Biological Systems Engineering
Maria is a third-year biological systems engineering major with a minor in Green Engineering. Her hometown is Burke, Virginia.
During the summer she interned with DDG VA Engineering.
At Virginia Tech, she is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers and the education outreach chair.
One of her favorite things about Virginia Tech is the sense of community and the overall atmosphere on campus. Her advice for incoming freshmen is to try new things and get involved! There is something for everyone here at Virginia Tech!
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Ben is third-year industrial and systems engineering major with a minor in business. His hometown is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
At Virginia Tech, Ben is an active member in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Dean’s Team, Appalachian Service Project and enjoys playing intramural sports at Virginia Tech.
His favorite things at Virgini Tech are: the amazing people, football, and of course, the food. His advice for incoming freshmen is to remember that college isn't as big and overwhelming as it may seem - stay organized, find good friends, and get involved as much as possible.
Ben also loves traveling and meeting new people from different backgrounds. One day he would like to have his own business.
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Michelle is a fourth-year industrial and systems engineering major, with a minor in business. Her hometown is Richmond, Virginia.
During the summer, Michelle interned with Altria, working in the environmental department.
At Virginia Tech, she is an active member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu, Greeks Giving Back executive team, and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Michelle's advice for incoming freshman is to take advantage of the countless opportunities Virginia Tech has to offer, and don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things!
Brian is a third-year mechanical engineering major. His hometown is Ellicott City, Maryland.
Outside his school work Brian spends his time playing on the Men’s Rugby team. He serves on the executive board as the fundraising chair. He also is the mechanical team lead for SailBOT, an engineering design team that builds a 2-meter autonomous sailboat.
This summer Brian played in the Collegiate Rugby Championship, a 24 team rugby 7s tournament for the top 24 teams in the country. After that Brian interned at Leach Wallace & Assc.
The atmosphere and friendliness around campus is Brian’s favorite thing about Virginia Tech. He feels that you can go up to anyone and talk to them and its awesome.
Brian’s advice to the incoming freshman is to check koofers and look at professors reviews before classes start. Also office hours will save you lots go time on your homework and go to them regularly.
Allie Jo Vogrig
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Allie is a senior construction engineering and management student. Her hometown is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This past summer, Allie worked as a project engineer intern with Donley's LLC in Richmond, VA. More specifically, she worked with their Concrete Group, assisting in project bidding and general construction management for commercial construction.
Her favorite part of Virginia Tech is Hokie Pride: "there is nothing like jumping to enter sandman on a Saturday in Lane." She is an active member of the Construction Management Concrete Team, Building Women in Construction, the Civil Engineering Honor Society - Chi Epsilon and the Construction Management Honor Society - Sigma Lambda Chi.
Allie’s advice for first year students, "Just remember, if the plan does not work, change the plan, but never the goal. Also, don't be afraid of failure, it happens to the best of us." She would also like to share that she is very passionate about the Pittsburgh Pirates - "Let's Go Bucs!"