I graduated May 2019 with a Materials Science & Engineering Bachelor's degree and International Studies Minor. I am currently working in Charleston, SC for Boeing in their Engineering Career Foundation Program (a 2 year rotational program exploring the company). VT has so many opportunities available for its students, and SWE can help you navigate it with other women who may be just as lost as you are. If I learned anything during my undergrad experience, it would be to work hard now so you can live your best life later! Trust me, do not be afraid to take those opportunities to co-op for a semester or two, or move to different locations for work. It opens up the door for many other possibilities in life.
I graduated in May 2017 with my Bachelor's in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Currently, I'm finishing up my Master's Thesis at the University of Pittsburgh in the life cycle assessment of green buildings. While at Tech, I was a CEED Mentor, Hokie Ambassador, and captain of a CEE outreach team called Water for Kids. My advice for undergraduates is that the best thing I ever did for myself was reach out; email professors, advisors, department coordinators and talk to them about everything from homework questions to career advice. You never know what strong connections you'll make. I can honestly say I wouldn't be where I am now if I hadn't sent this one email to my academic advisor sophomore year. Doing these simple things could open doors you didn't even know were there, and could lead you down a path more perfect than you could have imagined.
I graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and I currently work for Pennoni in Pittsburgh, PA as a graduate transportation engineer. While at Tech, I was a CEED mentor and a member of the Concrete Canoe design team. It's really important to join engineering societies like SWE, ASCE, etc. to build networking relationships, learn about applying your degree to the real world, and meet other students who are facing similar challenges to those you are going through in college. Some of my best college memories include experiences from these organizations, like preparing for and traveling to the annual ASCE conference with Concrete Canoe.
I also recommend joining clubs and finding activities that you enjoy to supplement your academics - it's always important to have hobbies! I was a coxswain for the crew team for a few semesters, which prepared me for my current volunteer coaching position for a local high school rowing team. You never know what opportunities can come from participating in non-academic clubs, and having a balanced resume can help potential employers get a sense for your personality.
Most importantly, don't take your college years for granted. You will blink and find yourself seated beside your peers in Lane Stadium as the commencement ceremony begins, wondering how time flew by so quickly. Make the most of your experience!
I graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. While at school I was a CEED mentor, SWE officer, and my senior year I was on the SAE Aero Design East Coast team. I did one co-op and one internship with GE Aviation and took a full-time position with their Edison Engineering Development Program in Cincinnati, OH. My time with SWE taught me a lot about the importance of taking each opportunity you have and making the most of it—you never know where each experience will take you!
I graduated with a Computer Science degree in May 2016.
I am currently working for the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts as a Cybersecurity Software Engineer.
Being a member of SWE expanded my professional network and helped me develop skills I needed to obtain my internships and current employment.
My advice to undergraduates is to start looking for internships early and apply as many places as possible!
Getting your foot in the door early on is key.
I finished my Masters thesis and degree in Civil Engineering in December 2017. I am now a stormwater engineer at Arcadis in
Greensboro, North Carolina. As a member of SWE, I was able to interact with other women going through the same process as me, and I got
introduced to new ideas and companies through various events. I made friends and mentors that I still keep in touch with today.
two pieces of advice as a student (and again as a Teaching Assistant). First, if you're in a difficult class - ask for help! Professors and
TAs are there to help you, and we really do want to help. Word of advice from a TA, we wish you had come to us for help when we see how you
perform on homework assignments. Asking questions does not reflect poorly on you.
Second, ask for advice - talk to other students in your
programs, your advisors, and your TAs. We've been through this already and for the most part, if you love your degree, you're willing to
talk about it. Take it all in! College truly does go by way too fast. It's amazing how much growth you can see in yourself and the
relationships you make. There is nothing truer, in my mind, than Tech embracing the This is Home tagline.
SWE is just one of those homes.
I graduated in May 2017 with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Since interning at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan after my junior year, I am now in the Ford College Graduate program in the Powertrain Manufacturing department. SWE helped me get a sense of what I should be doing when I was a freshman/sophomore. Going to the meetings allowed me to interact with other female engineering students, learn about different majors that Tech offers, and receive tips to be successful in college.
My advice to current college students is to get involved as much as possible. Tech has hundreds of academic clubs that host open events for tech talks, workshops, and seminars (they often have free food too!). You can get involved with people at these events, and as you probably heard a million times, networking is key when it comes to finding a job. Take advantage of all the opportunities and you will excel at getting what you want.