Outstanding Students

Our student ambassadors are outgoing and enthusiastic leaders and dedicated scholars of the BC community. These ambassadors help with high school recruitment, assist with transfer information sessions, and mentor new and prospective students to the department. They also volunteer their time to particulate in the Undergraduate Admissions Open House during the school year.

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Senior

Major: Building Construction

Hometown: Wytheville, VA

I'm a Senior with a concentration in Construction Management and Real Estate. I like to keep busy in my free time doing anything from hanging out, going out to eat, and working out. I chose Virginia Tech because I grew up as a fan and knew I had to be a Hokie. I chose construction because I wanted to play with Lincoln Logs and Legos in real life. 

jakef27@vt.edu

 

Junior

Major: Building Construction 

Hometown: Bristol, Virginia 

What does Andrew Bowers do at Virginia Tech when he is not in class? I’m sure that this is a question the majority of you all are wondering. Some of the things that I love to do is spend time outdoors whether that is kayaking, hiking, riding bikes, or just sitting and admiring the outdoors. Also, I love to play sports like golf, soccer, basketball, or football. I also enjoy working in the woodshop to try and get my mind off of school. I am apart of many different clubs and organizations on campus like Relay for Life, Chi Alpha Ministries, Welcome Week Leader, and Collegiate 4-H. I am also apart of the ACS (Associated Schools of Construction) Competition team in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction.

Now that you know a little bit more about myself, I want to tell you how I ended up in Building Construction. When coming to Virginia Tech I had my heart set on being a part of the Engineering Department but did not get accepted into the program. I then participated in STEP (Student Transitional Engineering Program), I soon found out that engineering was not for me and started pursuing other major options. I started talking to one of the faculty members at Virginia Tech while I was here for the program. He spent a lot of time explaining all of the different options that I could take to get a degree in construction. I then found out that a career in construction is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. That is how I found my way into the greatest major at Virginia Tech.

asbowers@vt.edu

Senior

Major: Building Construction concentrating in Virtual Design Construction 

Minor: Real Estate 

Hometown: Smithfield, VA 

When I am not in the classroom as a student, I enjoy being in the classroom as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. I have a passion for leadership and professional development and I love assisting professors in preparing students like myself to be industry leaders. I take a great pleasure in reading leadership books, writing inspirational quotes, volunteering, hanging out with my friends and family, playing basketball, and trying new things.

My goal in life is simple, have a lasting impact and have it while building structures and building leaders. I am very social and always willing to interact so if you ever need anything or simply want to talk, stop me during my daily commutes or email me!

dbrown97@vt.edu

Watch: Donaghvan discusses how the BC department has prepared him to be a leader

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Junior

Double Major: Building Construction and Real Estate

Minor: Philosophy

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

I'm a junior pursuing the Real Estate double major. As a freshman, I was an engineering major and after a year found that construction was a better fit to my post-grad goals. I'm the Vice President for two clubs, and my pastimes include playing guitar, learning American Sign Language, anything outdoors, working out, and spending time with friends.

jmc2017@vt.edu

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Junior

Major: Building Construction concentrating in Virtual Design Construction

Hometown: Richmond, VA.

I am a Junior here at Virginia Tech, in my second year of Building Construction with a concentration in Virtual Design. After studying Biology for a year, I realized that I was looking for a major with a combination of things such as management, team building, new challenges, and a job that would be different every day. I looked around at many different majors here, and found Building Construction and took a leap of faith. I've been loving the program ever since I switched. I've been able to work in smaller class settings, face new challenges, and be supported not only by our teachers/staff but industry professionals as well. When I am not in the classroom, I take part in a service sorority called Chi Delta Alpha, and I play on Virginia Techs Women's Club Water Polo.

I didn’t expect to find myself in construction, but I couldn’t be happier with where I am. Teachers, staff, and the companies want you to learn as much as you can and are more than willing to help one another out.

danaf17@vt.edu  

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Junior

Double Major: Building Construction and Real Estate

Hometown: Bronx, New York

I am involved with numerous clubs around campus such as G.E.R.M.A.N Club, which is the oldest fraternity on campus. I am also the Construction Chair for the Class of 2021 Leadership Team, and serve as a Real Estate Intern at the Virginia Tech Foundation.

I am truly surprised to find myself in the major of Building Construction, after originally coming to Tech for the Architecture program. I honestly believe that I have found my true calling in this major. I love what I am learning and I am excited for the jobs that comes with a degree from the Myers-Lawson School of Construction.

robcg3@vt.edu 

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Junior

Major: Building Construction

Hometown: Keezletown, VA

I am currently a Junior in the Building Construction major with a focus in Virtual Design. I didn’t start my college career as a BC student, but through experience and working in construction during the summer, I found that it was something I was passionate for which I had a drive. I love both the management and physical side of construction, and when I’m not participating in my hobbies, I’m doing small projects around the house or for family. In my free time I enjoy hunting, fishing, kayaking, golf, and off-roading in my Jeep. The staff and students in the Building Construction program create an awesome environment in which to work, and I’m glad I can be more involved as an ambassador.

Clay17@vt.edu 

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Senior

Major: Building Construction concentrating in Virtual Design Construction

Hometown: Richmond, VA

I am currently a Junior in Building Construction with a concentration in Virtual Design Construction. I transferred into the program after two years in the School of Engineering and have not looked back since. Since I have been apart of the program, I have had the opportunity to join several organizations and ascertain my passions. As a member of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Concrete Solutions team, I was able to cultivate my plan reading skills and dive deep into the world of concrete. After my first introduction to HVAC units, I established my interest in MEP systems and joined the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter. Outside of class, I enjoy researching MEP systems, serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant, powerlifting, and playing on the Women's Rugby Club Team.

I stumbled into the BC program and truly found a hidden gem. I enjoy sharing my journey to BC, my respect for the program, and the numerous opportunities it has afforded me. If you ever want to talk about construction or have an interest in MEP systems please feel free to reach out. 

kjeff19@vt.edu

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Junior

Major: Building Construction

Hometown: Richmond, VA

I am a junior pursing a Sustainability track within Building Construction. I was originally studying Finance in the college of business, before transferring to Building Construction my Sophomore year. I have been very happy with my choice to transfer majors. I am in the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta and have taken leadership roles as a philanthropy and formal chair. In my free time I like hangout with friends, workout, play golf, basketball, and fish.

thejkel@vt.edu

Junior

Major: Building Construction

Minor: Leadership and Service

Hometown: New Castle, VA

As a Junior at Virginia Tech, I am a part of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Army ROTC and Varsity Men's Tennis team. When I am not doing school work, I enjoy doing work on my parents’ house, especially carpentry and smaller woodworking projects. I also enjoy anything to do with the outdoors and working out.

rkros@vt.edu

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