ISE Ambassadors assist the ISE department, student body, and community. This support is in a variety of areas, including advisory board and alumni relations, community outreach, curriculum development and improvement, marketing, event planning, and recruitment. Example activities include assistance with Department, College, and University recruiting events for prospective ISE students (Engineering Open House, University Open House weekends, etc.), and freshman engineering students (Freshman Information Session), as well as social events (e.g., Family Day). Ambassadors are amongst the best and brightest ISE upperclassmen: they are selected through a rigorous application and interview process in the Spring semester, with service as an Ambassador that begins the following Fall.

Click here to read more about the ISE Ambassadors Program (PDF | 10.8 MB).

ISE Ambassador Co-Coordinators

Guide and coordinate the committees that encompass ISE Ambassadors.

Lauren Carpenito, ISE Ambassador Co-Coordinator

Lauren Carpenito, ISE Ambassador Co-Coordinator

Lauren Carpenito

Class of 2019

“In high school, I loved my math classes but also was involved in DECA and loved the business side of things. I love the flexibility of ISE, you can truly find any type of job, and there are so many possibilities within the ISE field as it continues to grow. I have previously co-oped at a Government Consulting firm up in DC, LMI, and interned at Duke University Health System.”

Alayna Francis, ISE Ambassador Co-Coordinator

Alayna Francis, ISE Ambassador Co-Coordinator

Alayna Francis

Class of 2019

“I’ve always been passionate about math and science, however, I also love working and communicating with others. An ISE degree has endless paths/opportunities. I’ve interned as a supply chain analyst at Eastman Chemical, and recently I interned as an advisory consultant at Ernst & Young in Washington DC. Along with great career possibilities, I’ve also met some of my best friends in my major. There’s no better way to spend late nights studying than with people who challenge you but also make you laugh!”

Advisory Board and Alumni Relations Committee

Responsible for managing relations and events with alumni and the ISE Advisory Board.

Matt Garlington

Matt Garlington

Matt Garlington

Committee Head, Class of 2020

“As an ISE student, I have classmates in consulting, investments, manufacturing, higher education, human resources, and so much more! The opportunities within our major are endless and the education, priceless. I personally chose ISE because of its diverse and collaborative atmosphere, whether it be the class you take or the internships you chase. Having completed four internships in an array of different fields, I was able to find my career passion is in consulting.”

Matt Dorris

Matt Dorris

Matt Dorris

Class of 2020

“I chose ISE because it focuses on efficiently optimizing a system and maximizing profit in the business world. Specifically, I am interested in operations research and how big data can be used for forecasting. The ISE network at Virginia Tech is very strong and has given me the opportunity to intern and apply what I am learning in the classroom.”

Katie Muscatello

Katie Muscatello

Katie Muscatello

Class of 2020

“I like talking to and meeting new people, and I want to work in a field someday that will utilize those skills. Managements systems is the specific branch of ISE that interests me the most. My ultimate goal one day is to run my own business after earning my MBA.”

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

Class of 2019

“ISE is everything I could want out of a program and more. I have had experience working in data analytics for a consulting firm and international experience working in manufacturing systems for Rolls-Royce civil aerospace. Even better than the professional and learning opportunities, however, is the ISE community which is really a family here at Virginia Tech.”

Community Outreach Committee

Manages community outreach projects performed by the organization.

Corey Kroboth

Corey Kroboth

Corey Kroboth

Committee Head, Class of 2019

“I geek out over upcoming technology and I find it frustrating that some really innovative technologies are reserved for certain demographics. I chose ISE because I think it teaches a unique skill set that can help me make a career of enabling technology to be accessible and usable to everyone. In the future, I plan on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, or an MBA.”

Valerie DiGuilio

Valerie DiGuilio

Valerie DiGuilio

Class of 2020

“I absolutely love ISE because it’s very unique, extremely broad, and students can do almost anything they want with it later on. Industries and individuals alike are always striving for continuous growth and improvement, and, as an ISE, I can not only bring these visions to life, but also hold true to my own pillars and creativity in doing so.”

Dina Kandil

Dina Kandil

Dina Kandil

Class of 2020

“What I love most about ISE is its adaptability to widely different industries. We are taught to evaluate applicable physical, statistical, business, psychological and technological factors to obtain an optimal result. Through 3 internships/ co-ops in the manufacturing and government contracting industries, I found that my interests are in using operations research and statistics to find potential improvements, innovative solutions and optimize processes.”

Andres Lizarralde

Andres Lizarralde

Andres Lizarralde

Class of 2019

“The versatility of ISE is one of the biggest reasons I chose it as my major. Nowadays, engineering is most often project-based and requires engineers from all backgrounds. The ISE program exposes you to a wide variety of technical expertise across multiple engineering disciplines allowing you to work in almost any industry. Over time, I’ve decided to pursue a career in aerospace manufacturing.”

Mike Lyons

Mike Lyons

Michael Lyons

Class of 2020

“What I love about ISE is that it is eclectic. What’s even more valuable to me is that you do not specialize within the major because they prepare you for every branch of ISE. I appreciate that Virginia Tech’s program is highly regarded, so I am sure that I am receiving a high quality education. ISE students, faculty, and alumni are passionate, helpful, and friendly, which creates a conducive learning environment.”

Curriculum Committee

Organizes events for the students to give feedback regarding ISE curriculum, and provides free tutoring resources for ISE courses.

Grant Glowacki

Grant Glowacki

Grant Glowacki

Committee Head, Class of 2019

“The combination in ISE of technical systems, practical problem solving, and people skills was what attracted me to join this great department. Another thing that I love about ISE is that you can drop a newly graduated ISE into almost any field and they will find a way to make a difference. From the day I walked into my first ISE class, I have always felt a part of a caring and compassionate family that look after each other and want to make sure that everyone succeeds.”

Shirley Chani

Shirley Chani

Shirley Chani

Class of 2020

“In high school, I was interested in business as well as math and science. I ultimately decided I wanted a technical background that would still set me up for a future in business and ISE perfectly combines the two. ISE opens so many doors to a large variety of careers, and that plethora of opportunities is what really attracted me to this amazing major. I personally am interested in a future in consulting and ISE prepares its students to be successful problem solvers.”

Dan Nguyen

Dan Nguyen

Dan Nguyen

Class of 2020

“I think what makes ISE really amazing is the breadth of knowledge and application intrinsic to the major that can be applied to many different fields. I have always had a strong curiosity to learn as much as I can about as many subjects as my brain could handle. This makes ISE so attractive due to my interests in technology and business management. My goal is to become an entrepreneur one day by using the knowledge obtained through our major.”

Documentation and Marketing Committee

Responsible for marketing events and updating social media accounts.

Adam Braunbeck

Adam Braunbeck

Adam Braunbeck

Committee Head, Class of 2019

“I knew ISE was the major for me when I spoke with one of my dad’s old Navy buddies who described ISE as the philosophy of engineering. Being that I’m double majoring in philosophy I was hooked. I’m very interested in human factors and lean concepts of continuous improvement because I like how ISEs aim to make the human, machine, and system relationship as fluid as possible.”

Thessa Bravo

Thessa Bravo

Thessa Bravo

Class of 2019

“What captivated me to join the ISE is the breadth of the major. From working at Disney, to health centers and then over to Ford Motor Company, ISE lets you choose the industry in which you want to work. I have been able to participate in undergraduate research working with augmented reality as well as complete an internship focused on manufacturing. I hope to pursue an MBA to eventually be in a management position.”

Lucas McMillan

Lucas McMillan

Lucas McMillan

Class of 2019

“I loved ISE ever since the freshman information session. Logic and efficiency are two personal skills I have and they equate directly to ISE. Along with this, I have a passion for finance and economics that only this major in the College of Engineering can satisfy. Specifically, I am interested in how big data can predict trends as well as forecast anything from an upcoming recession to ideal inventory layout.”

Event Planning Committee

Responsible for planning fundraising events and other fun activities hosted by the department.

Theresa Nguyen

Theresa Nguyen

Theresa Nguyen

Committee Head, Class of 2019

“I knew I wanted to do engineering in college, but I didn’t know which kind. It was hard to choose between so many disciplines. I found out about ISE by reading about it online and I was so amazed how versatile a major could be! I went into ISE not knowing much about the classes or concentrations and I have loved everything! I realized I wanted to concentrate in manufacturing, specifically facility logistics and production planning.”

Kaitlyn Coughlin

Kaitlyn Coughlin

Kaitlyn Coughlin

Class of 2020

“When I first entered college, I had no idea what major I wanted to pursue; all types of engineering majors excited me! Near the end of my freshman year, I heard about Industrial and Systems Engineering and I was instantly hooked! Optimizing a process to me is like solving a puzzle because there are different ways of fitting the pieces together, and the process of finding the best solution is my favorite!”

Jennifer Fitzhugh

Jennifer Fitzhugh

Jennifer Fitzhugh

Class of 2019

“My decision to pursue an engineering field stemmed from my love of math, but I was worried I would miss out on the business world. ISE is the perfect major to teach me both the technical and business side of engineering. Since the ISE program provides classes in four different areas, I am positive that I can apply my degree to any future industry I may be interested in.”

Caroline Verrecchia

Caroline Verrecchia

Caroline Verrecchia

Class of 2020

“ISE is the perfect major for me because you take technical engineering classes as well as learn how to apply those technical skills to improve any process. I have a passion for process improvement and optimization and enjoy how the concepts we learn in the classroom can be directly applied to make all sorts of systems better.”

Recruitment Committee

Responsible for holding recruitment events for potential college students and freshman engineering students.

Rachel Sable

Rachel Sable

Rachel Sable

Committee Head, Class of 2019

“I love the diversity of interests in ISE and the ability to learn from my peers. There is a large emphasis on communication and teamwork in ISE which has provided me with a strong network as I prepare to join the workforce. After four internship/co-op experiences, I realize my interests lie with transportation and automation.”

Nathan Goldson

Nathan Goldson

Nathan Goldson

Class of 2020

“My favorite aspect of ISE is how it relates to the business side of engineering. I chose ISE so that I could develop a more critical way of thinking that generally comes with studying engineering. My ultimate goal is to get a MBA in Finance after I have completed my undergraduate degree.”

Sarah Hack

Sarah Hack

Sarah Hack

Class of 2020

“Coming into college, I was not sure if I wanted to study engineering or business. Thankfully, I found ISE which merges the two fields. We gain the technical skills of engineers and the financial knowledge of business personnel. I love that it is all about using logistics and problem solving skills to optimize complex systems and issues.”

Hannah Looney

Hannah Looney

Hannah Looney

Class of 2020

“When I transfered from Virginia Western Community College, I originally planned to go into Civil Engineering. Thankfully I found ISE, which is a perfect fit for me. I joined the Ambassadors to help other students find ISE like I did. I love how diverse it is in terms of industries and education. There are many opportunities to join clubs, study abroad, and be involved. I hope to continue my education in graduate school."

Katrina Pelkey

Katrina Pelkey

Katrina Pelkey

Class of 2019

"ISE is an extremely unique major because we can apply our skills to such a wide variety of fields. I love that without changing my major I can see that my skills are applicable globally. After four internships / co-ops, I have found that my interest lies in project management. I love coordinating a large multidisciplinary team to achieve a goal by understanding the big picture and diving into the details.”

Ask Ambassadors

If you would like to learn more about the program, schedule a meeting with the ISE Ambassadors co-coordinators, or find out how the Ambassadors can support your needs, please contact ISEambassadors@vt.edu.