ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Undergraduate Programs

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, Cybersecurity, Computer Science and Math minors

Hometown: Sterling, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, South Regional Coordinator; Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence; College of Engineering Dean's Team; Student Transition Engineering Program (STEP)

Projects: Mirror Worlds Undergraduate Research, Spring 2015

Internships: GE Aviation - Application Development Co-op (Spring 2014) Solers, Inc - Systems Engineering Intern (Summer 2014) Capital One - Software Development Intern (Summer 2015)

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, Math and Computer Science minors

Hometown: Williamsburg, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: IEEE; IEEE Community Outreach Chair, President of ECE Ambassadors; and Hypatia. I also play a lot of intramural sports! I play Flag Football (Champions in 2013!!), Walleyball, Battleship

Projects: Embedded Project: programmed an autonomous rover that determines its location in a course and maps where ramps are located. Project Ellie: A high altitude balloon project. We put a computer, accelerometer, temperature sensor, and camera in a payload and sent it into the upper atmosphere to gather data.

Internships: CNC Technologies, Honeywell.

Favorite thing about VT: Football and the community.

Advice: Go out of your way to meet new people. It's hard at first, but it will make your college experience more exciting and fun!

Jacqueline Duong
Jacqueline Duong

Academic: Computer Engineering 2016, Computer Science minor

Hometown: Annandale, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority; ECE/CS Women's Mentor; VT College of Engineering Dean's Team; IEEE; ECE/CS Freshmen Womens Mentoring Program Student Lead, Eta Kappa Nu, Intramural Innertube Water Polo

Internships: Optimal Satcom, Inc. (Summer 2013), The Boeing Company (Summer 2014), Microsoft Corporation (Summer 2015)

Favorite thing about VT: The Hokie Spirit!!!

Advice: Get involved around campus as early as you can! There are clubs and organizations for everyone. And definitely learn how to balance your classes and time. Time management is the key to success in college, especially within Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Curtis Einsmann
Curtis Einsmann

Academic: Computer Engineering 2015

Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: ECE Ambassadors, President of Men's Club Basketball at Virginia Tech, Tutor in the ECE Department

Projects: Lockheed Martin sponsored Data Compression and Encryption: Two-Semester FPGA Development to encrypt and compress data on a 3-person team Embedded Rover Navigation Project: Worked on a 4-person team and used C code in an embedded environment to program 8-bit microcontrollers and develop a rover that would navigate through a maze Bayesian Network Approximate Inference Project: Wrote Python code to infer facts using Artificial Intelligence.

Internships:, Seattle, WA (Summer 2014) BIT Systems, Sterling, VA (Summer 2013) Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C. (Summer 2012)

Favorite thing about VT: I've had an on-campus meal plan all four years that I've been here, even though I live off campus. The food is amazing!

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

Hometown: Chantilly, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Vice President of ECE Student Ambassadors, Alpha Omega Epsilon (Professional Engineering Sorority)- Student Engineers' Council Representative; IEEE- Women in Engineering Chair, CEED ECE/CS Mentor

Internships: United Technologies Corporation, OTIS Elevator Company

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, Business and Mathematics minors

Hometown: Salem, Va.

Professional/ organization: BASIS (Bonds And Securities Investing by Students)

Projects: ECE Capstone project is to build a digital fluxgate magnetometer for a customer in Blacksburg.

Internships: Full time at International Paper Internships: Norfolk Southern, MC Dean, Harris Corp

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: Learn to manage your time well as soon as you get to college. The better you do early on, the easier it will be by the end.

Paige Kassalen
Paige Kassalen

Academic: Electrical Engineering 2015

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Penn.

Professional/ student organizations: Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Vice President of Public Relations; Rent the Runway, Virginia Tech Public Relations Representative; IEEE, Membership Development Chair; Society of Women Engineers; Linkous Ladies Mentor

Projects: Project Ellie, 2 semester design capstone.

Internships: Federal Mogul, Westinghouse, 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.

Joshua Settle

Joshua Settle

Academic: Electrical Engineering 2016

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.

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

Projects: In my spare time I have found myself tinkering with AC motors to power a pulley system that can lift small weights..

Internships:Summer 2012: Engineering Services of Virginia Civil Engineering Intern Summer 2014: Teledyne Hastings Instruments Electrical Engineering Intern Summer 2015: Teledyne Hastings Instruments Electrical Engineering Intern

Favorite thing about VT: The opportunities to enjoy nature, my favorite hike around here is Dragon's Tooth in Catawba, VA.

Advice to incoming students: Learn to manage your time well. Be conscious of the commitments you make. Be sure to know what is expected of you. Keep your promises to the best of your ability... even the ones you make to yourself. Try new things. Meet new people. Have fun! Find outlets for stress and creativity. Be healthy. Examine both your successes and failures, and strive to understand their underlying causes. Love your neighbors.

Caleb Stroud
Caleb Stroud

Academic: Computer Engineering 2016, French minor

Hometown: Leesburg, Va.

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

Projects: Developed a prototype for a Windows 8 phone app with Microsoft's novel application development environment ecosystem TouchDevelop. Plenty of projects in class including a skiing game on a small OLED display in ECE 2534 Microcontroller Interfacing. This was challenging but super fun.

Internships: BIT Systems.

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 start freshman year. There are tons of opportunities on campus, whether that be an engineering design team or intramural sports, or something completely different. 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. These experiences will help with getting that first internship and job by sprucing up your resume and helping with interview questions. Keep academics at the forefront, but take risks. The options are endless!

Ali Majd
Ali Majd

Academic: Electrical and Computer Engineering 2015

Hometown: Lansdowne, Va.

Professional/ student organizations: Intel Ambassador at VT; IEEE, Historian, Iranian Society at Virginia Tech host and organizer

Projects: Virginia Tech. Board Design Undergraduate Research: Summer 2014

Interships: Intel Corp. Board Design and Debugging Intern (IDGz): Summer 2013, Intel Corp. Validation and Testing Intern (IDGa): Summer 2012

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

Advice: Enjoy this once in a lifetime experience by making the most out of everything you do. Keeping a balance between academics and social life is the hardest, but it's the key to standout and build a bright future for yourself. Always remember that you're the only one in charge of achieving your goals, but you can always find people who will help you do that.

Lindsey Ocheltree
Lindsey Ocheltree

Academic: Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

Professional/ student organizations: Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, Cyber Security Club, Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED), IEEE, Society of Women Engineers

Favorite thing about VT: First Robotics Mentor, Kid's Tech University, I love running and the outdoors!

Advice: Get involved with clubs or organizations right away and don't be afraid of being too busy. Do what you enjoy, there are many opportunities outside of engineering as well. You will learn great time management skills and it is possible to have a social life, sleep, and get good grades! Have fun and don't be afraid to meet new people!

Takondwa Kakusa
Takondwa Kakusa

Academic: Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Math minor

Professional/ student organizations: AMP Lab IEEE HKN

Projects:Research: Code breaking using logic circuit concepts, Morse Code generator

Internships:Service desk technician, Virginia Hospital Center Health IT 2 Business Solutions

Advice: Try to get involved as much as you can, the earlier you can because that is a great way to network and create bonds throughout your time at tech.

Gordon O'Neill
Gordon O'Neill

Academic: Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering minor

Professional/ student organizations: Students with Diabetes at Virginia Tech, ECE Ambassadors, VT BOLT Design Team

Projects: VT Bolt Design Team Dashboard Interface, Microcontroler Labs (2048 and Asteroids)

Internships: AV3(Summer 2014)-Audio/Video work for Department of State building.

Advice: Find a major you are passionate about! The work will seem much less tedious and more enjoyable.

Vicki Rowe
Vicki Rowe

Academic: Electrical Engineering, Entrepreneurship - New Venture Growth minor

Professional/ student organizations: Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Intramural Chairman, Linkous Lady Mentor, IEEE, Society of Women Engineers

Advice: Take advantage of all the fantastic opportunities that VT has to offer! Whether it is exploiting all of your academic resources or joining new clubs, find what you are passionate about and enjoy the Hokie life!

Kaleigh Treanor
Kaleigh Treano

Academic: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics minor

Professional/ student organizations: IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society), Intramural Soccer, Intramural Basketball, Intramural Ultimate Frisbee, Hypatia Living Learning Community Service Learning Committee

Projects: Undergraduate research with Space@VT building a ground station

Internships: Interviewing with B/E Aerospace and Telephonics, still waiting for responses.

Advice: Do not be afraid to try new things and step outside of your comfort zone. Be adventurous, get involved, and meet as many people as you possibly can. This is the last time you will be surrounded by this many people your own age, so take advantage of that, but do not loose sight of your grades and school work. Work hard, and success will come your way.

Brian Kaplan
Brian Kaplan

Academic: Computer Engineering, Computer Science minor

Professional/ student organizations: Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity College of Engineering Dean's Team

Projects: Home Automation Server - Large-Scale Software Dev Course Formula SAE - Design Team

Internships: General Electric Appliance Chrysler Group LLC Appian Corporation

Advice: Work hard and you can do anything you want.

Cindy Trieu
Cindy Trieu

Academic: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Business minors

Professional/ student organizations: Chi Omega Fraternity Society of Women Engineers IEEE

Advice: Get involved right away! Don't be afraid to go outside your bubble, everyone is very friendly and welcoming to all types of organizations. It's an easy way to meet people and make new friends! Freshman year can be very overwhelming however do not lose focus on schoolwork. Take freshman year seriously and keep up the grades. It is a lot harder to try to bring up your grades throughout college. Form good studying habits early! Nevertheless, take advantage of your time here!

Ramone Cooper
Ramone Cooper

Academic: Electrical Engineering

Professional/ student organizations: National Society of Black Engineers Galileo Living Learning Community Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Student Technology Council

Projects: All of Microcontroller Interfacing

Internships: Power Intern with Nucor Steel (Summer 2015)

Advice: Never let other people's opinions weigh too heavily in your decisions and be open to everything. You may never find your true passion without trying something new every once in a while. Everything has its up's and down's, so try not to let hearsay sway any big decisions.

Ehsaan Pakmehr
Ehsaan Pakmehr

Academic: Computer Engineering

Professional/ student organizations: Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity, Secretary IEEE

Internships: Summer 2014 - Lasership Inc. - Systems Engineer Intern

Advice: Never let anyone bring you down. Keep your head high. While school may be difficult at times, make time to have fun, let loose, and enjoy your time here. There is so much to do on campus and in Blacksburg. While your time may be numbered here, make use of every opportunity. You never know where you might end up. Also, do not let the weather get in the way of having a good experience...because you never know in Blacksburg.

Previous Ambassadors: Class of 2014

Amanda Notarantonio
Amanda Notarantonio

Academic: Electrical Engineering 2014

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.

Marc Murphy
Marc Murphy

Academic: Electrical Engineering Winter 2014

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.

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.