Letter From the Editor
Welcome to the November 2022 issue of Engineers’ Forum!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, 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 Engineering Sororities to Rocketry design teams. We are looking forward to everything that the rest of the fall semester has to offer and hope you enjoy reading about what has been happening thus far!
Interested in creation, development, and implementation of learner-centered institutions? Nidhi Chopdekar highlights the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Virginia Tech. It touches on what CETL does to assist faculty in their journey of teaching while also implementing research-based teaching strategies and student-centered design principles. This is a must-read for anyone interested in knowing more about how professors develop their skills at Virginia Tech!
One of our newest writers, Aine O’Reilly, covers the engineering showcase in the Naomi-Lee Recreation Center in Alexandria. This article encompasses how students from Virginia Tech work with other communities to support youth in the field of engineering.
Learn more about the engineering living learning community with Zoe Miloszewski’s article about Hypatia and Galileo. This article features exclusive insights into the Galipatia community, detailing experiences a student may have. Outside of the InVenTs Studio, it touches on networking, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.
Being a woman in such a male dominated field can sometimes feel lonely. Jolene Ghosh discusses the engineering sorority at Virginia Tech, also known as Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE). Explore opportunities to join the sisterhood that supports minorities in STEM.
For those of you who are interested in some of the design teams at Virginia Tech, Tanish Wangoo’s piece is a perfect read to learn about Rocketry at VT. This includes specifics of the SpacePort America competition which they attend annually. For students wanting to travel near White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico and gain invaluable engineering skills, this is the article for you.
Lastly, Ethan Chung, expands our scope of research opportunities beyond campus. He talks about Design Thinking ImpACCt, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
We appreciate your continued support of our mission: to capture the student engineering experience at Virginia Tech. Enjoy!