“SWE” Mentor Kids on Brownie Day

On Saturday, March 19, a group of members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) spent their day mentoring a group of eager Girl Scouts, most of whom were juniors or cadets. The mission, which the outreach division of SWE organizes twice a year—but as Brownie Day in the fall—aims to engage young female students in science, technology, engineering, and math, and particularly in engineering,...
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Three Tips on Getting Engineering Internships

By Kirby Koch Even though internships may not be mandatory within the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, students realize that many employers are looking for students that have already gained real world experience. The problem is how do you get that first internship without already having experience? Zachery Dean, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, spent the last school year co-oping at...

Hyperloop at Virginia Tech presents Vhyper

Hyperloop at Virginia Tech presents Vhyper, a design submission for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.  This video explains the physics and engineering behind the design, showcasing the talent and hard work of  a team of twenty-one undergraduates, three graduate advisors, and two faculty advisors, and their collaboration to take public transportation to a whole new level.
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Composites: Laying Up Plies of the Future

By Vidya Vishwanathan Composites have been known to be the material of the future, quickly replacing metals, such as aluminum, for structures, especially within the aerospace field. One of the more notable uses of composites in the aerospace industry has been by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which garnered a lot of attention for the push towards the creation of a more environmentally friendly...

Engineering Experiences

By Simi Srikanthan In the following interview, I speak with Cynthia Hampton, a graduate assistant for CEED, about her engineering background, experiences, and career. Simi Srikanthan: So, let’s talk about your background first. You went to Kansas State University, and you majored in biological systems engineering. Could you just explain a little of what that is? Cynthia Hampton: Sure, so...

Words of Wisdom

By: Kristine Mapili On the evening of October 1, 2015, several alumni of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Virginia Tech met with current undergraduates to share some wisdom with aspiring civil engineers. Alumni who spent their careers utilizing their degrees in Civil Engineering reflected on their experiences as undergraduate and graduate students and how the field has...

Engineering Disciplines: Part 4

Over the past few months, we’ve been briefly describing many different disciplines of engineering, particularly for those who are still wondering which one to pursue. This blog post will introduce a few more. Click one of the following links to read the other posts in this series: part 1, part 2, part 3. Biomedical Engineering Biomedical engineering is relatively new as an independent...

Five Unique Ways to Dominate the Engineering Job Interview

The following list of tips should not be used as a checklist for an interview. This list is merely a compilation of advice that should be added to any interviewee’s toolbox. Tips such as “research the company” or “send a thank you note afterwards” won’t be on this list because they should already be a part of your interview checklist. 1. Before the interview, describe your resume as...
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Additional Tips from Amy Elliott and Ken Brown

As a follow-up to this aticle posted yesterday, Amy Elliott and Ken Brown offer some additional tips for those interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in engineering: Amy Elliott Take as many graduate classes as you can during your undergraduate career. Graduate classes can really take up a lot of time in your Ph.D. so every credit helps! Do undergraduate research with the professors at your...

Five Traits of a Great Engineer

The great engineer, Archimedes, famously claimed, "Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth." Image from Wikipedia Commons.   Engineers solve the world’s problems; that’s why they’re so highly recruited. The range of engineering applications is extremely vast and that’s simply because engineering works. Engineers produce results. With so many prospective engineers in...

Engineering Disciplines: Part 3

Still can’t decide which discipline of engineering to choose? We’ll go over a few more below. Check out part 1 and part 2 if you missed them! Aerospace Engineering: Aerospace Engineering is split into two main categories: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. The former deals with the science, technology, and development of aircraft whereas the latter deals with that of...

How Do Slip Rings Work?

The function of a slip ring is simple: providing an electrical connection for a rotating assembly. This allows electricity or data to flow through a rotating interface. For example, if you need to power lights on a helicopter blade, how will you get the cords from the base of the helicopter to the blades? You can’t simply install wires through the center of the axle and then through the blades,...