Who are the Engineering Ambassadors?
The Batten College of Engineering and Technology is proudly represented by the Dean's Engineering Ambassadors. Our ambassadors are our student leaders at the College of Engineering and Technology, and provide tours of our facilities to prospective students and their families, tours for school groups, and support for events. The Ambassadors also host the First Fridays program.
The Engineering Ambassadors are a strategic concept of Dean Stephanie Adams, Ph.D., who invested in this concept by recruiting self-motivated volunteers who take initiative, set a positive tone, and understand the importance of displaying professionalism and tact, while representing the College in internal and external events. Since its inception, Ambassadors have impacted more than 10,000 people including K-12 students, parents, research partners, and high school counselors and teachers.
"The Dean's Engineering Ambassador Program has been instrumental in the development, recruitment and retention of ODU students."
"As an Engineering Ambassador, you utilize the skills you have developed in the classroom to shed light on the amazing world of engineering and the endless opportunities being an engineer can give you."
Interested in Becoming an Ambassador?
The ODU Engineering Ambassadors are trained in tour techniques and knowledge about the University and must be in good academic standing. The ambassadors are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, and are expected to participate regularly in BCET events each semester. More than half of the team is part of a minority group and 44% are women. The ODU Engineering Ambassadors are a fully recognized student organization at ODU with its own undergraduate leadership, and you can find the ODU Engineering Ambassadors orgsync page here.
ODU Engineering Ambassadors are members of the Engineering Ambassadors Network, and council members are expected to recieve Network training.
If you are a current undergraduate student seeking more information on joining and meeting times, please email the ambassadors.
Meet our Graduate Coordinator
Westin Messer is the graduate student in charge of coordinating the Engineering Ambassadors. He helps organize events that the Engineering Ambassadors are involved in while working on his Master's in Biomedical Engineering.
Meet Our Ambassadors Council
Council members are responsible for the organization, management, and leadership of the ODU Engineering Ambassadors. If you are a prospective student and have a quick question about being an ODU Engineering student, our council members are great people to reach out to!
Abbie Dean, president
junior in civil, environmental & energy engineering
"I became an ambassador to influence potential students and my engineering peers by using my leadership skills, knowledge and technical skills developed in the classroom. Being an Ambassador has allowed me to network with potential employers and the ODU Community."
Mystique Owens, vice president
senior in mechanical & biomedical engineering
Dani Carter, council member
junior in electrical engineering
Bob Gonzalez, council member, events
senior in mechanical engineering
"I thought my life wasn't going anywhere in high school, so having the chance to inspire high school students about engineering and goals in life was the chance of the lifetime for me."
Ashley McIntosh, council member
senior in civil engineering
"I became an ambassador because I think it is important to invest in those that will be the future of the college and the future of engineering."
Thomas Hogan, council member
senior in mechanical & aerospace engineering
Phil Leonard, council member, First Fridays coordinator
junior in electrical engineering technology, computer science, and engineering management
"I want to improve my interpersonal communication skills and help reach out to prospective military-connected students interested in the College of Engineering."
Niko Ambrose, council member, First Fridays tours
senior in civil engineering and engineering management
"I became an ambassador to help mentor and forster growth in future engineers. The ambassadors have allowed me to reach many students and build connections."
Bonnie Lee Miley, council member
senior in computer engineering