Some 220 engineering companies, agencies participate in Virginia Tech Expo despite economy
The annual Engineering Expo, hosted by Virginia Tech’s Student Engineers' Council will take place on the university campus on Sept. 14 and 15. Some 220 firms and government agencies will be on hand to recruit potential employees from the engineering student body.
The Student Engineers’ Council, a self-funded student organization, expects more than 5,000 students will be in attendance to exchange information with company representatives.
The chairperson of the expo committee, Sarah Dotson, of St. Louis, Mo., a computer science major in the College of Engineering, has done an outstanding job in organizing this year's exposition, said Lynn Nystrom, faculty adviser to the Student Engineers' Council. "Sarah has devoted a substantial part of her summer, preparing for this event, and ensuring we have a strong career fair that is well attended by companies interested in employing our students. She went the extra mile to insure the college hosted an excellent career fair despite the downturn in the economy."
The exposition opens to the engineering student body on Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The expo continues on Wednesday, Sept. 15, also from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students are invited to walk through the exhibits, many of which include videos, products, promotional items, demonstrations, and other items which detail what the companies do. The location for this year’s expo is Squires Student Center.
This corporate showcase is an extension of the council's mission, which is to promote the personal and professional development of student engineers at Virginia Tech by helping them to define career goals, pursue career opportunities, and develop leadership skills.