ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Meet the ECE Student Ambassadors

Scholarships and Awards

ECE students are eligible for scholarships administered by the department, College of Engineering, and university. Department awards include the Harry Lynde Bradley Scholarship, which provides full financial support for four academic years.

Our student ambassadors enjoy discussing ECE with students who are considering electrical or computer engineering at Virginia Tech. You can meet them on a tour of the department, or email them if you have questions. For departmental tours, please see the information on visiting campus.

Zawad Chowdhury

Zawad Chowdhury

Academic: Computer Engineering 2016 (Sophomore), Cybersecurity and Computer Science minors

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, South Regional Coordinator; Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence; Olympic Taekwondo Club; Student Transition Engineering Program (STEP)

Summer plans: I am working at Solers as a Cyber Solutions Intern for summer 2014.

Favorite thing about VT: The bright smiles crossing the Drillfield; the opportunity to cherish a beautiful campus each and every day; the burnt orange and Chicago maroon; the sense of unity and our Hokie Pride; most importantly our motto "Ut Prosim" (That I May Serve), which represents Virginia Tech's dedication to giving back to the community!

Advice: Being a freshman may be daunting, but don't let that stop you from trying to accomplish great things. Pursue your passion to your heart's content. If you don't know what you're passionate about, then find what excites you and motivates you to succeed. Virginia Tech has so many opportunities for our students and as a freshman it is your duty to learn about these opportunities. So get involved, meet new people, surround yourself with ambitious friends, but most importantly manage your time properly so you can enjoy college!

Kara Dodenhoff
Kara Dodenhoff

Academic: Computer Engineering 2015 (Junior)

Hometown: Williamsburg, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: IEEE; Project Ellie (High Altitude Balloon Design Team); Hypatia; GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) Ambassador

What did you do over the summer: Took summer classes

Favorite thing about VT: Football and the community

Advice: Go out and meet new people!

Jacqueline Duong
Jacqueline Duong

Academic: Computer Engineering 2016 (Sophomore), Computer Science and Mathematics minors

Hometown: Annandale, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority; ECE/CS Women's Mentor; VT College of Engineering Dean's Team; IEEE

Summer plans: I'm interning at Boeing in Seattle during summer 2014!

Favorite thing about VT: The Hokie Spirit!!!

Advice: Don't be afraid to get involved. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming to all types of organizations.

Curtis Einsmann
Curtis Einsmann

Academic: Computer Engineering 2015 (Senior)

Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Men's Club Basketball at Virginia Tech, President

Summer plans: I'll be at Amazon as a Software Development Engineer Intern for Summer 2014.

Favorite thing about VT: The food is definitely one of my favorite things about being here. I have gotten the biggest on-campus meal plan each semester, even though I live off campus, and I never fail to go through the whole thing. The campus looks like Hogwarts, and there are so many opportunities to get involved with student organizations here to make the most out of your college experience. These factors along with the professional value that I am getting from my Computer Engineering degree make coming to VT a great decision!

Advice: Get involved on campus right away. There are so many organizations and clubs here, and there is definitely one that is a great fit for each person that comes here. Stick with engineering, it will definitely be worth it when searching for internship and co-op opportunities! Manage your time, and you'll have a great experience.

Jahin Habib

Jahin Habib

Academic: Electrical Engineering 2016 (Sophomore)

Hometown: Chantilly, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Alpha Omega Epsilon (Professional Engineering Sorority); Student Engineers' Council, Representative; IEEE

Summer highlights: I spent the summer taking classes in Blacksburg and found my passion while doing research on autonomous vehicles!

Favorite thing about VT: I love the beautiful campus, high levels of energy on game day, and most of all, the sense of unity that comes with being a Hokie. It wasn't until I stepped foot on campus that I realized how tight-knit of a community we are. Everyone is so warm and welcoming! I never get tired of telling people of how proud I am to be a student at Virginia Tech.

Advice: Keep your focus on why you are here—to get a degree! It is super easy to get distracted with all the activities going on around you. Time management is vital; schedules/calendars are a great way to stay organized and keep your priorities straight. Nevertheless, don't forget to have fun once in a while!

Britt Hager
Britt Hager

Academic: Electrical Engineering 2015 (Senior), Business and Mathematics minors

Hometown: Salem, Va.

Professional/ organization: BASIS (Bonds And Securities Investing by Students), Sector Head of Industrials and Utilities

Summer plans: I'll be interning at Radio Product Management for summer 2014!

Favorite thing about VT: You will not find another school with as much pride as Virginia Tech. It doesn't matter what city, state, or even country that you are in, if someone has a Tech shirt on, you automatically have a connection that no one else can understand. It is truly a great feeling to have such an amazing network of Hokies that all have each others' back.

Advice: Dive in head-first from Day 1. Go to Gobblerfest and talk to upperclassmen to see what the different actives and groups are available on campus and join some. They are a great way to meet new people and build relationships outside of the classroom. Also, take freshman year seriously. It's a lot easier to let your grades fall as you continue through college than to try to bring them up. So take freshman year as a chance to build a strong foundation of good grades and a strong work ethic and you will thank yourself a million times during your senior year when you get to choose which job offer you want to accept.

Paige Kassalen
Paige Kassalen

Academic: Electrical Engineering 2015 (Senior)

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Penn.

Professional/ student organizations: Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Vice President of Public Relations; Project Ellie (High Altitude Balloon Design Team); Rent the Runway, Virginia Tech Public Relations Representative; IEEE, Membership Development Chair; Society of Women Engineers; Linkous Ladies Mentor

Summer plans: I will be interning in Baytown, TX for Bayer.

Favorite thing about VT: The great atmosphere and school unity

Advice: Do not be hesitant to join activities because you are nervous you have an overwhelming major. Joining different organizations will enhance your college experience and help with time management.

Marc Murphy
Marc Murphy

Academic: Electrical Engineering Winter 2014 (Senior)

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Professional/ student organizations: Sigma Phi Delta Engineering Fraternity, Human Powered Submarine Engineering Design Team

Summer highlights: BMW Internship

Favorite thing about VT: My friends and football games

Advice: With the new freedoms that come with the high school to college transition, make sure that you work hard and remember that you're here to learn. College social life is a lot of fun, but academics should come first.

Amanda Notarantonio
Amanda Notarantonio

Academic: Electrical Engineering 2014 (Senior)

Hometown: Manassas, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: IEEE, Resident Advisor in Newman Hall (former)

Summer highlights: Worked as an intern for BAE Systems in Herndon, Va.

Favorite thing about VT: The beautiful campus, the people I have met, and football!!!

Advice: Form good studying habits early! It will help in the long run :) Also, have fun and meet new people! There are so many different people at Virginia Tech and you can learn so much through other people.

Joshua Settle

Joshua Settle

Academic: Electrical Engineering 2016 (Junior)

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, New River Valley Symphony Orchestra

Summer highlights: I took a Differential Equations course at Old Dominion University to get ahead, and spent time with my friend prototyping a device that uses AC electric motors to lift weights.

Favorite thing about VT: The opportunities to enjoy nature

Advice to incoming students: Plan ahead and be flexible. Learn from your mistakes. Take the time to stay organized. Keep your word. Do not make quick or emotional decisions. Ask questions. Don't be afraid to meet new people and try new things, but remain faithful to your economic and academic goals (your degree). Embrace the privileges and the responsibilities of this new and unique phase of life.

Caleb Stroud
Caleb Stroud

Academic: Computer Engineering 2016 (Junior)

Hometown: Leesburg, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Human Powered Submarine Engineering Design Team, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Unicycle Club, Cercle Francophone (former)

Summer highlights: The past two summers I have worked for the Town of Leesburg's Utilities Maintenance Division. This has been an extremely educational experience, despite having the primary duty to paint fire hydrants. Any job will bring with it experiences and skills that can be used for future jobs.

Favorite thing about VT: The Hokie community is my favorite part of Virginia Tech. On campus, this is evident in Big Event, Relay for Life, or the simple act of holding a door open. Off campus, there are many graduates who love hiring fellow Hokies.

Advice: Get involved and get involved starting freshman year. There are tons of opportunities related to ECE and also tons of other opportunities. Get involved in some sort of engineering related club or opportunity, and also in some other club or regular volunteer experience that you may be interested in. Keep academics at the forefront, but take risks. The options are endless!

Previous Ambassadors: Class of 2015

Ali Majd
Ali Majd

Academic: Electrical and Computer Engineering 2015 (Senior)

Hometown: Lansdowne, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Intel Ambassador at VT; IEEE, Historian

Summer highlights: Intern at Intel!

Favorite thing about VT: Beautiful college town (lots of young and active people!)

Advice: Make lots of good friends, and study hard from the beginning!

Previous Ambassadors: Class of 2014

Anamitra Bose
Anamitra Bose

Academic: Computer Engineering and Mathematics

First job: Graduate Student at Purdue University

Hometown: Falls Church, Va.; New Delhi, India

Professional/ student organizations: IEEE, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Leadership Tech, Phi Sigma Pi, University Honors, Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications (CESCA)

Summer highlights: I had the opportunity to work for Qualcomm in Raleigh and San Diego for the past two summers. These internships were some of the best learning experiences of my life, especially being able to work with a company that's recognized worldwide.

Favorite thing about VT: Hokie spirit! We stick together, no matter what. I've never seen a community that's so tightly bonded and that has so much energy, spirit, and passion. The football games are unforgettable, the ECE department is very well recognized, job prospects are fantastic, and food is delicious. Once you graduate from Tech, I guarantee you that you'll be a Hokie for life.

Advice to incoming students: Step out of your comfort zone. It's really difficult and it takes a lot of willpower but if you do it a couple of times, you'll definitely be glad. I wanted to develop my public speaking skills in college given its importance in the workplace so I took up leadership positions in a variety of organizations and had to make speeches to a variety of audiences. Apart from the technical knowledge I've gained here at Virginia Tech, I would say this is the most valuable skill I've acquired. Also, don't procrastinate.

Nikolay Burns
Nikolay Burns

Academic: Electrical Engineering

First job: Eastman Chemical Company

Hometown: Winchester, Va.; Volgograd, Russia

Professional/ student organizations: Theta Tau, Russian Club, BOLT (Electric Motorcycle Team), IEEE

Summer highlights: General Electric Aviation

Favorite thing about VT: Football games!

Advice to incoming students: Get involved early!

Teja Chiluvuri
Teja Chiluvuri

Academic: Electrical and Computer Engineering

First job: Graduate Student at Virginia Tech

Hometown: Richmond, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), Society of Indian Americans (SIA)

Summer highlights: Over the summer I had the pleasure of interning with Qualcomm in San Diego. Working on a hardware development team, I not only got a lot of lab and hands-on electrical engineering exposure, but I also got to learn new technical skills that I had to implement in order to complete my project. Apart from working, I also had the pleasure of enjoying my summer in San Diego and meeting brilliant minds from all across the world. I look forward to going back again this upcoming summer.

Favorite thing about VT: Hokies! It is not every place where you can walk around and everyone greets you with a smile. Walking around Blacksburg, it is quite difficult to feel like a stranger no matter who you are. Everyone is so friendly and the same attitude carries to the classroom, where students and faculty carry you with the utmost degree of respect.

Advice to incoming students: College is the time for you to take advantage of all of your opportunities. There are organizations, interest groups, research opportunities, and internships available for everyone. While you might feel that you are just a freshman or that you don't have any experience yet, there is no harm in applying to any such opportunities. Four years goes by quickly and you don't want to look back your senior year and regret missed opportunities. So no matter what it is, make sure to be aggressive and take advantage of your college experience to the fullest extent.

Carlo del Mundo
Carlo del Mundo

Academic: Computer Engineering

First job: Graduate Student at the University of Washington

Hometown: Ashburn, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Synergy Lab; Theta Tau, Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED)

Summer plans: Presented my research in Italy and starting my Ph.D. program early!

Favorite thing about VT: The scenery (and hiking trails!)

Advice to incoming students: Enjoy your time in university. Make sure to keep a balance between academics and social life. University is a time to enrich all aspects of yourself, not just one aspect.

Erin Murphy
Erin Murphy

Academic: Electrical Engineering

First job: Intel Corporation

Hometown: Cockeysville, Md.

Professional/ student organizations: Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority, IEEE, Newman Community

Summer highlights: Worked for Intel Corporation in their Hillsboro, Ore. location on FPGAs that were used by their sort test department. I also got to go to Mt. St. Helens, tour Portland, and even go to Nike World Headquarters, where the Intel interns played in an "Intern Olympics" versus the Nike interns. After graduation, I will be working for Intel at their Folsom, Calif. location.

Favorite thing about VT: I think the campus is absolutely beautiful and love the college atmosphere of downtown Blacksburg.

Advice to incoming students: Time management is huge factor for success in engineering. Make sure you really buckle down, learn how to study, and do work efficiently, so you don't have to play catch up later in the semester.