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Engineering Visibility Podcast


Engineering Visibility brings visibility to the invisible topics, concerns, and questions within the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This department is globally recognized for its dedication to research and its rigorous academic program. However, outside the classrooms and labs are hallways that are teeming with a variety of people, ideas, questions, and concerns. In this podcast, I sit down with the people of the ECE department to talk about all the things that go unseen in ECE.


Get ready to go global on this episode of the Engineering Visibility Podcast! Join us as we explore the experiences of international students at Virginia Tech. First, we chat with Aniruddh Chauhan about his junior year and how clubs have helped him connect with the VT community. Then, we sit down with ECE grad student Murat Ambarkutuk to discuss his journey through grad school and his efforts to help others navigate their academic paths. Finally, we introduce the newest member of the Engineering Visibility team, Nandini Bhola, who shares insights on her first year at Tech. Tune in for a diverse range of perspectives on life as an ECE student at Virginia Tech!

In this episode of the Engineering Visibility Podcast we talk with the leaders of three clubs here at Virginia Tech that you can join or participate in to get involved in engineeringWe'll talk to Richard from the AMP Lab, Erin from the Society of Women's Engineers, and Nolan from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Engineering Visibility is back for its 4th semester!  This episode features Annie Patrick, the host of Engineering Visibility talking about how the podcast started as an STS dissertation project as part of the RED grant in the ECE department and introduces the audience to the new and exciting student-led Engineering Visibility Podcast!

About 18% of undergraduate students at Virginia Tech are first-generation college students. A first-generation college student is defined as a student in which neither one of their parents nor their guardian earned a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. This very special episode of Engineering Visibility was created by five very talented students from Dr. Chelsea Lyles, Honors Service Learning class. This episode features four special guests: Mrs. Tamara Cherry Clark, the Assistant Dean of Students for First Generation Student Support, and three first-generation students from the ECE department sharing their experience of being a first-generation student.

In a research-intensive university such as Virginia Tech, teaching can appear to come in second place.  However, that is not the case.  In this episode of Engineering Visibility, I speak with Dr. Leyla Nazhandali, Dr. Jia Xiaoting, and Dr. Scott Dunning of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering about why they value teaching, who inspired them to teach, and what students can do to get the most from their educational experience. 

The work to ensure that all people, despite their differences, are afforded the same opportunities drives the mission of inclusion and diversity efforts.  However, inclusion and diversity is more than just attending workshops and programs.  To understand the importance of inclusion and diversity, it is essential that we become familiar with diverse people and their experiences.   In this episode of Engineering Visibility, I speak to three alumni of the ECE department and ask, “What does inclusion and diversity mean to you?” 

Welcome back to Engineering Visibility!!  The podcast that works to bring visibility to the unseen people and communities of the Bradley Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech.  In this episode, I speak to the current female students and alums of the ECE department about their experience of being a woman in the classroom and industry.  

In this episode, we are going to graduate school!  I speak to Taiwo, Natalie, and Nicolas about being a graduate student in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and learn why they choose to pursue a graduate degree, how graduate school differs from the undergraduate experience, and what are the pros and cons of grad school.  So whether you are an undergrad contemplating grad school or a graduate student curious to know what other grad students have to say, I invite you to listen.

In this episode you will hear from the people of the ECE department and the university discuss how COVID has affected their lives and how they are working behind the scenes for the ECE department, the university, and you!

Though the majority of undergraduate students within the college of engineering at Virginia Tech are between the ages of 18 and 23, not every undergraduate student arrives to Virginia Tech directly from high school. There are also “non-traditional” students that include transfer students, older adult learners, and part-time students. In this episode, meet the non-traditional students and alumni of the ECE department.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Annie Y. Patrick.