"Experience as many different topics as possible."
David Choe is graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in May 2014. During his senior year, Choe began his internship with the Altria Family of Companies. Choe credits the School of Engineering for helping him find an opportunity for real-world experience. "They want to see you succeed," said Choe. "They will help you find something." The Altria Group owns three of the most popular tobacco companies in the world; Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, and John Middleton.
"Have the drive to make something that will change the world."
George Brimmer graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering's Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering in May 2014. Brimmer originally received a degree in psychology, but after a few years, decided to return to education and become an engineer. Now, Brimmer has an internship with Dominion Generation, working at the company's nuclear power plants. Headquartered in Richmond, Dominion Resources, Inc. provides power for over ten states through conventional forms of generation, natural gas, and nuclear energy.
"They tell you as a technician that it is hard to go from technician to engineer. That being an engineer is a big leap to make, and that not everyone can. Without this experience I’d still wonder if I could leap that high. Now I know I can do it." Click here to read the full interview with Shellie Lundquist.
Christopher Thomas, Computer Engineering class of 2016 is currently involved with a co-op with MeadWestvaco.
Nicolas Andrade, Electrical Engineering class of 2016, will be traveling to Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 2015 to participate in the Summer Student Programme at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research.)
Sophomore student Roxanne Jassawalla is fascinated with robots, and how their countless components work together to create a holistic unit. For her, electrical and computer engineering offers a broad spectrum of knowledge, so she can apply what she knows in unexpected places. An example is the lab work she’s doing with medical devices. Hear her talk about making a splash at VCU.
Find out how a passion for robotics led Adam Morrissett to the VCU School of Engineering. And be sure to watch to the end to find out what other technology Adam thinks every VCU engineer needs to invest in.
Ph.D. candidate William Clavijo and Gary Atkinson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, have developed a new gas sensor that uses metal oxide nanostructures to detect toxic gases. Clavijo credits VCU’s superior facilities and hands-on approach to engineering research with helping to foster development of this lifesaving innovation.
Programs Bridge Gender Gap in Male-dominated STEM Careers
Kathryn Duda, a third-year computer engineering student at Virginia Commonwealth University, walked into the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) lab her first year and sat down next to a male student working on a project. She was curious and wanted to know what he was doing. “I walked in there, and it was like he was intimidated by my female presence,” Duda said. This kind of interaction is not uncommon; women are chronically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, especially in computer science and engineering. Read more...
VCU Alumna Promotes Campaign Inspired by 'Hidden Figures'
For Racheida Lewis (ECE ’13), getting the chance to see the film “Hidden Figures” before it hit theaters nationwide didn’t just make her feel lucky. She was deeply moved to find herself among crowds of other people also eager to see the untold story about African American women mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race. “There was so much that resonated with me,” she said. “I was never more proud to be a black woman in engineering.” Read more...
Armond Conte (ECE 2015) and Brian A. Smith (BME 2015) Receive Master's Thesis Awards
Two recent graduates of master’s programs in the VCU School of Engineering have received university awards for excellence in thesis research. Armond Conte, a 2015 graduate of the Master of Science program in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has been selected to receive VCU’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in Math, Physical Sciences and Engineering. Brian A. Smith, a 2015 graduate of the Master of Science program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive VCU’s Electronic Dissertations and Theses Master’s Thesis Award. Read more...