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A student sitting on a couch at the SEC Expo with other students walking behind him.

Where Hokies are hired

Behind the continued success of Virginia Tech’s annual Engineering Expo is the Student Engineers’ Council, a group of students dedicated to showcasing Hokie engineers at the second-largest student-run career fair in the nation.

Video by Spencer Roberts, photo by Peter Means

Streaming through the doors of Squires Student Center, a steady flow of engineering students, clad in business attire, carrying portfolios brimming with resumes, comes closer to aligning their dreams with their future.

The Virginia Tech Engineering Expo, held Sept. 13-16 this year, takes place annually under the watchful eye of the Student Engineers’ Council, a student-led organization that helps give their peers the tools they need to succeed inside the classroom and beyond.

Weeks and months before the expo plays out, 14 students on the SEC leadership team work behind the scenes in a dizzying display of logistical acrobatics: coordinating meals, processing payments, and setting the stage for the biggest career fair on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.

SEC members find fulfillment in facilitating connections between over 300 employers and engineering students across the college’s 12 departments and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. If landing one more interview for a Hokie engineering student requires reconfiguring a space or thinking outside the box, the council’s members are up to the task. Year after year, they rise to the challenge of managing an ever-growing campus event that positions their fellow students for professional success.

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