EWR Program Open House Weekend, February 2017

Prospective students greet the Hokie bird in the Squires Student Center

The Environmental and Water Resources (EWR) Engineering Program had a successful Open House for prospective students. Currents students, staff and faculty met with prospective students and answered questions. The Open House weekend was packed with activities such as meet and greets with faculty, a campus tour and student panel discussions.

Many of the visiting students were hosted by current students. Some students offered rides and even opened up their homes to host visiting students. The Open House started with lab tours where students heard about research being done by EWR graduate students. It was followed by faculty presentations about their current research work. Prospective students also met one-on-one with faculty members to discuss research.

Prospective students enjoyed a campus tour and learned about life in Blacksburg. An exclusive ‘students only’ panel was organized to answer questions from the visiting students. Graduate student Taylor Bradley who organized the student panel said, “I felt that the visiting students got a lot of great information in a relaxed environment. Several of them told me that they really enjoyed it.”

The event concluded with all students and faculty socializing at an EWR Potluck.

Here are some of the highlights of the event:

Prospective students listen to graduate students Shiqiang Zou and Syeed Iskander during one of the lab tours


Prospective students attend presentations given by EWR faculty members


The campus tour


The “students only” panel answered questions in a closed setting. From left: Katherine Santizo, Jacob Schlotterer, Christina Devine, Keegan Waggener and Greg Myrthil


Photo credits: Yu Dong and Nevetha Ramesh