Industry + academia + management

Our alumni are working in every branch of engineering — as faculty at top schools, technical staff at government labs, and senior engineers and managers in industry. 

Alumni spotlight: Nora Hlavac

Mentorship. Community. Opportunity. These are the words December 2018 Hokie grad and new biomedical engineering Ph.D. alumna Nora Hlavac uses to describe her time at Virginia Tech.

She's excited about pursuing a career in academia that will allow her to combine her two passions of teaching and research. Her next stop is the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, where she's continuing her research on central nervous system injury and repair in Christine Schmidt's lab.

Meet our BEAM alumni

      • Michele Waters

        "Virginia Tech is an amazing place. There are organizations here that are incredibly supportive to help you pursue your goals. The opportunities are out there."

      • Patrick Thayer

        "The networks I have developed at Virginia Tech have also continued through ongoing collaborations. The availability of resources from both Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have allowed me opportunities to learn additional topics beyond the bioengineering degree program that I use every day."

      • Alexandra Hyler

        “My Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences provided me with diverse opportunities and experiences, including a Fulbright year to Denmark, serving fellow graduate students, and investigating cancer progression.”

      • Mike Fisher

        "I‘m a product development leader for medical devices. My BEAM education experience provided the engineering finesse to approach complex problems, reduce them to manageable terms, and use data to justify design and testing decisions."

Keep in touch!

We love to hear from our BEAM alumni! If you're in the Blacksburg area, please drop by for a visit, or plan to attend one of our BEAM alumni functions. Contact Claudia Rodriguez, BEAM alumni and external relations coordinator for more ways to get involved with the department.