Academic Advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between student and advisor leading to the exchange of information that encourages the individual student to make responsible academic and career decisions.

General Engineering has five advisors dedicated to guiding students through the first-year engineering program. Students can view their academic advisor assignment on Hokie Spa under View General Student Information.

Students are encouraged to meet with their assigned academic advisor prior to:

  1. registering to the next semester's classes
  2. dropping a class
  3. withdrawing from a class
  4. resigning from a semester
  5. choosing a major and/or minor
  6. taking classes at another institution
  7. studying abroad
  8. completing undergraduate research
  9. accepting a co-op/internship

Please see the Academic Advisor information below to schedule an appointment.

Drop-In Advising is available during the first week of classes, course request, and the deadline to course withdraw (no appointment necessary).

During the summer, please email your academic advisor if you would like to make an appointment.

Marlena McGlothlin Lester
Director of Advising
331 Goodwin Hall
marlenal@vt.edu

Natasha Smith
Director of Enrollment Management
333 Goodwin Hall
noliver@vt.edu

Jessica Elmore

Jessica Elmore
Academic and Career Advisor
337 Goodwin Hall
jejohns@vt.edu

Maia Greene-Havas

Maia Greene-Havas
Academic and Career Advisor
342 Goodwin Hall
maiagh@vt.edu

Alexis Ward

Alexis (Ward) Miller
Academic and Career Advisor
339 Goodwin Hall
warda06@vt.edu

James Newcomer

James Newcomer
Academic and Career Advisor
335 Goodwin Hall
jamesn@vt.edu

Alice Noble

Alice Noble
Academic and Career Advisor
342 Goodwin Hall
alice.noble@vt.edu

The Student Ambassadors represent and serve as co-hosts for the Department of Engineering Education at campus and community events. Each serves as an overall leader, resource, and positive role model for prospective Virginia Tech engineering students. Their responsibilities include:

  • Providing a student viewpoint of the first-year general engineering program
  • Raising student awareness of academic and campus policies for engineering
  • Aiding in student advising on major requirements, prerequisites, and differences between majors
  • Referring students to the appropriate department and/or advisor when needed
  • Answering questions and providing information about daily student life, campus community, etc.
  • Attending all training and meeting dates
  • Sharing tips and reminders via the GE Ambassadors social media accounts (Twitter: @VTGEAmbassadors and Facebook: VTGEAmbassadors) on an assigned rotational schedule

With this year-long volunteer opportunity, students may develop as leaders and professionals through the Engineering Education Student Ambassador program:

  • Learn professionalism
  • Network with other student leaders
  • Develop lifelong friendships with other Hokies
  • Work with different populations and diverse individuals
  • Improvise and think on your feet
  • Practice thinking critically and strategically
  • Gain more information about the opportunities that Virginia Tech has to offer
  • Share your passion for Virginia Tech College of Engineering with others
  • Improve public-speaking skills
  • Share your positive personal experiences to leave an impact on future students

To be eligible to become Student Ambassadors for the Department of Engineering Education, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a currently-enrolled, first-semester freshman in General Engineering
  • Be in good academic and student-conduct standing at the time of application through the end of the position commitment
  • Be available for the following events:

In addition, applicants must possess the following characteristics:

  • Be a student who exhibits academic success
  • Be a student who presents a positive presence and an out-going, friendly personality
  • Be a student who is active and involved in the Hokie community
  • Be a student who demonstrates professionalism, including being reliable, punctual, flexible, and collaborative
  • Previous customer-service experience preferred

Application Process

  1. Submit the online application (TBD - Application for 2018 GE Ambassadors will be available around the end of October)
  2. Selected candidates are invited for an in-person interview with the Engineering Education Academic Advisors (TBD - typically take place in mid-November)
  3. Receive final decision (TBD- typically by mid-November)

For additional information, please contact Alexis Ward: warda06@vt.edu

Gaurav Anand
Hometown: Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Engineering Major of Interest: Chemical Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The community! Everyone here at Virginia Tech brings their own diversity and talents with them everywhere they go. The community here fosters love and respect for one another and this is what makes me feel most at home here!"

Andrew Dunn
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia 
Engineering Major of Interest: Biological Systems Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The kindness and community spirit on campus."

Tom O’Shea
Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The locale of Blacksburg; meaning all of the natural beauty, hiking and cycling routes!"

 

Suhani Pant
Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Computer Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "My favorite aspect of being a Hokie is the compelling camaraderie that we embrace each other with. Wherever I go on campus and whatever opportunity I pursue, I am always greeted with inclusiveness."

Gabbie Velazquez
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Computer Engineering & Computer Science (Double)
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The Hokie community itself. I love how friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic, and vibrant the Hokie community is. Virginia Tech has become my home away from home."

Raeven Waters
Hometown: Moyock, North Carolina
Engineering Major of Interest: Aerospace Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities! I love our sense of community."

2016

Brittany Bienemann
Hometown: Smithtown, New York
Engineering Major of Interest: Biological Systems Engineering (minor in Biomedical Engineering)
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The wonderful sense of community that surrounds campus. The Hokie community is filled with thousands of talented and intelligent people that all care for and respect one another. Oh, and definitely the food!"

Akshay Goel
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Engineering Major of Interest: Computer Science (double major in Biological Sciences)
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The love and support we get from one another. We Hokies always looks out for each other and are the best friends we can get! Being a Hokie means you are part of a much larger family and no matter where you are in the world, this family can guide and help you all the way!"    Carlisle Hughes
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Computer Science (minor in Cinema)
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "My favorite thing about being a Hokie is the seeing maroon and orange or a nice big VT everywhere. At home and at school, seeing people walking about in Virginia Tech gear representing the school is fantastic! I love the students, alumni, and family spirit that comes from being a Hokie and being in love with the school."

Arianna Krinos
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Engineering Major of Interest: Computer Science
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The variety of research being conducted on campus and the passion which students bring to their diverse positions."    Sasha Morgan
Hometown: Troy, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Computer Engineering or Computer Science (minor in Math and Cyber Security)
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The atmosphere around campus. Every morning I wake up to this beautiful campus, whether it be a foggy morning walk across the drillfield or a sunny afternoon, this place is beautiful. You'll always see Hokies smiling and enjoying their lives. The atmosphere around campus is like a breath of fresh air. the feeling of freedom and liveliness..."

Siwani Regmi
Hometown: Herndon, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Aerospace Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The Hokie spirit!!! I love the community atmosphere we have everywhere we go. I was skiing in New Hampshire over winter break, and one of the managers there yelled "Let's Go!" and of course I responded "Hokies!!" It's everywhere, and it really makes me proud to go to VT."

2015

Brenden Bowerman
Hometown:
Canton, Georgia
Engineering Major of Interest: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "Every person I have met on campus is extraordinarily friendly!"

Kobe Copeland
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Engineering Science and Mechanics; Civil Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "1. THE FOOD 2. The opportunity to meet so many awesome, intelligent, and talented people."

Luke Farinholt
Hometown: Winchester, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Mining Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The idea of the Hokie family and Hokie respect. Everyone at Virginia Tech cares for each other so it is a great environment to be a part of."

Kelsey Niehoff
Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois
Engineering Major of Interest: Chemical Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "Whether I am walking across the windy drill field, studying in Newman Library, or jumping to enter Sandman in Lane Stadium I always feel that I am apart of not only a community, but a family. I love being a part of the supportive and thriving Hokie family and knowing that I can always call Blacksburg my home."

Colleen O’Neill
Hometown: Olney, Maryland
Engineering Major of Interest: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "The incredible sense of community around campus. Virginia Tech quickly became my home away from home because of how welcoming and accepting my fellow Hokies were."

Joey Stamenkovich
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Engineering Major of Interest: Computer Engineering
Favorite thing about being a Hokie: "My favorite thing about being a Hokie is engaging is the engaging curriculum that inspires me everyday!"

Month                    
  August

  • Summer II classes end
  • Web drop/add opens
  • Last day to apply for course withdraw for summer II
  • Fall classes begin
  • Last day to add fall classes
  • Web drop/add for winter opens

September

  • Departmental information sessions
  • Corps of Cadet plan of study workshop
  • Verify all AP, IB, and Transfer credits are showing appropriately on Hokie Spa
  • Engineering Expo (permanent positions, internships, and co-ops)
  • Education/Study Abroad fair

October

  • Last day to drop fall classes
  • General Engineering group-advising sessions for spring course request
  • Departmental information sessions
  • Web course request for spring
  • Last day for students to resign without grade penalty for fall
  • Mid-term grades posted on Hokie Spa
  • Fall Connection Fair: post-grad jobs and internships

November

  • Last day to request rescheduling for final exams
  • Web drop/add for spring opens

December

  • Web course request for summer opens
  • Last day to apply for course withdrawal for fall
  • Fall classes end
  • Winter classes begin (Virtual, Blended, or Winter Experience (VBW))
  • Last day to drop or add winter (VBW) classes

January

  • Winter classes begin (Residential (R))
  • Last day to drop or add winter (R) classes
  • Last day for students to resign without grade penalty for winter (VBW and R)
  • Last day to apply for course withdrawal for winter (VBW and R)
  • Winter classes end
  • Spring classes begin
  • Last day to add spring classes
  • Web course request opens for summer

February

  • Last day to drop spring classes
  • Web course request closes for summer
  • Spring Connection Job Fair: Internships, co-ops, and post-graduation jobs
  • CareerFest Job Fair (CAMEO)

March

  • Departmental advising sessions for fall course request
  • Web course request opens for fall
  • Web drop/add opens for summer
  • Last day for students to resign without grade penalty for spring
  • Submit transfer credit pre-approval for any summer classes you intend to take at another college or university

April

  • Last day to request rescheduling for final exams
  • Web drop/add opens for fall

May

  • Last day to apply for course withdrawal for spring
  • Spring classes end
  • Complete the College of Engineering Change of Major Application, if eligible, to be changed into your degree-granting major
  • Summer I Classes begin
  • Last day to add summer I classes
  • Eligible students who completed the Change of Major Application will be officially changed into their degree-granting major

June

  • Last day for students to resign without grade penalty for summer I

July

  • Last day to apply for course withdrawal for summer I
  • Summer I Classes end
  • Summer II Classes begin
  • Last day to add summer II classes
  • Last day for studentes to resign without grade penalty for summer II