College of Engineering Dean's Graduate Team
The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is ranked in the top 10 percentile of U.S. schools of engineering. It has some 1,800 graduate students conducting research in all of the major fields of engineering and, increasingly, interdisciplinary endeavors. With so many graduate students, the College Graduate Student Committee provides a valuable role in building bridges and promoting a sense of community between and within the graduate students in individual departments.
The Committee consists of two graduate student representatives from each academic department and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. The committee is chaired by one of the student members and meets at approximately monthly intervals during the academic year.
The Committee provides a communication path between graduate students and senior levels of administration within the College and beyond. More importantly, it is a means of including graduate students in that administration for matters relating to graduate student life and advancement. For example, the administration of the prestigious Paul Torgersen Award and the organization of the Professional Development Seminar are undertaken entirely by the Committee. Work on the Committee is a rewarding experience in working together in an organizational team. The leadership shown by committee members is not only an example to the graduate student body but provides a valuable service to the College and the University.