Letter From the Editor

Welcome to the September 2022 issue of Engineers’ Forum!


With the start of the fall semester, our team is so excited that you have chosen to pick up a copy of our magazine! In this issue, we have a variety of articles from Virginia Tech’s 150th anniversary to professor spotlights. We are looking forward to everything that the new school year has to offer and hope you enjoy reading about what has been happening thus far!

Starting off with a recent celebration, Jolene Ghosh highlights Virginia Tech’s 150th anniversary. This
article encompasses some of Virginia Tech’s rich history along with how the University is honoring its
past. This is a must-read for anyone interested in knowing more about the growth of Virginia Tech!
One of our newest writers, Ethan Chung, focuses on the transition that Virginia Tech’s Study Abroad
Programs have faced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this article, you can learn more about
the experiences, cultures explored, and insider information that a student would have in the various
study abroad programs for engineering.

For those of you who are interested in the computer science department, Nidhi Chopdekar shares
exclusive insight into an Affiliate Professor, Dr. Nicholas Polys. This includes specifics of his research,
student achievements, and how students can get involved in various opportunities within the computer
science department at Virginia Tech.

Lastly, I, Adeline Ghosh, covered the classic freshmen engineering event known as O-Show. If you
would like to learn more about what goes on during this exciting event, this is the article for you. It
explains the history of O-Show as well as the sorts of activities and organizations that one could find if
they attended.

We appreciate your continued support of our mission: to capture the student engineering experience
at Virginia Tech. Enjoy!


Adeline Ghosh