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BioactiVT: Engineering Medical Solutions

By:  Arianna Krinos Stumbling into the aptly hidden meeting of the BioactiVT team on Monday night in Norris Hall, small talk was confined to biomedical engineering. The small conference room-style Engineering Science and Mechanics lounge became a medium conducive to the chatter of members of one of Virginia Tech’s design teams. The casual atmosphere—some members were laughing, others...

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...
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Spotlight on the Student Engineers’ Council

By:  Glen Elwood  Every year, over 5,000 eager students attend the Engineering Exposition in hopes of finding employment. Organizing this career fair is no small feat, and it takes the combined efforts of the entire Student Engineers’ Council (SEC) to make it happen. The Engineering Exposition hosts over 250 companies and provides an incredible opportunity for students to engage with company...

Sink or Swim: A Concrete Example

By: Christine Mapili The job of an engineer revolves around solving problems, from calculating the maximum load on a structure to planning out the timeline for a major project. Sometimes the key issues are obvious from the beginning and the solutions need to be planned out well in advance, while in other instances, obstacles pop up later down the road and must be surmounted on the fly. Both of...

Supercomputing at Virginia Tech

  By Sarah Stewart, a senior in industrial and systems engineering Because of movies like Transcendence and Lucy, the public is becoming more acquainted with the idea of supercomputing. Supercomputing, or high performance computing (HPC), is the use of a supercomputer to perform advanced calculations that cannot be solved on a regular computer, or would take an infeasible amount of time to...

Ware Lab Correspondence

    Hello all, Welcome to the start of a new year at Tech! The majority of you already know the ropes, but with each year comes a new segment of our Hokie population that do not. I’m talking about our beloved freshman, of course. For those of you who are new to the Correspondence, what I have generally discussed in past issues has been the status of the various teams and projects in...

Introducing the Future: Scieneering

Problems in the real world have become multi-dimensional and require the collective efforts of both scientists and engineers alike. In the wake of the BP oil spill, prizes were awarded to experts and entrepreneurs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields that could develop a method to efficiently clean up the Gulf Coast. To keep pace with further challenges,...

Interview with Dr. Erik Westman

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Erik Westman, the new Interim Associate dean for Academic Affairs at Virginia Tech. He spoke to me about the events that brought him to where he is today, and about what advice he would like to give current students. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you live and study, and what previous jobs have you held? I was born in Denver, but...

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...

So You’re Considering the Ph.D.?

A light fog settles over the Virginia Tech campus at 7:58 in the morning and the cool air reminds students that winter is coming but isn’t here quite yet. Vibrating off Hokie Stone buildings, classical music from Burruss Hall attempts to uplift the spirits of the students who haven’t made it to their classes. As you take in this beautiful yet often-overlooked scene, you notice the time on...