Student Life

Our College has an active and diverse student body, with dozens of student organizations, honoraries, and professional societies. As a student in our College, you will have many opportunities to interact with your fellow students, faculty, and professionals in your field. The University has intramural sports and a wide range of academic and social organizations for people of all interests. The energy from athletics is unsurpassed. Students in our College find friends, fun, and positive, life-changing experiences in and out of the classroom.

Freshman Engineering

Our Freshman Engineering program provides many opportunities to learn about the various departments and student organizations within them, to help students get involved and engaged with College life early on in their academic careers.

Student Organizations

Engineer Fest, held early in the first year, provides an opportunity for freshmen to meet and get involved with everything from Formula Lightning, a spirited, highly visible, electric-powered, competition series for student teams, to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, to many more.

Student Projects

Our student get involved with a wide range of hands-on design projects and programs, from Design-Build-Fly, in which students design and build an electric-powered, remote-controlled aircraft, to the Industrial Outreach Program in Mexico, which enables teams of students to work with and learn from practicing engineers in a global setting... and many, many more. Learn more about the many student projects in our College.

Co-Op Program

Want to gain professional and experience and earn a paycheck while earning your degree? Learn more about our Cooperative Education Program, which allows eligible students to apply what they learn in the classroom to career-related employment by alternating periods of full-time study and paid full-time employment. The result? Students gain experience and make important connections for their careers, at the same time as they defray the cost of their education. It's a win-win for sure.

Student Ambassadors


Colin Frosch

Major: civil engineer

Minor: German

Hometown: Fairmont, W. Va.

Expected Graduation Year: 2015

I chose WVU for the wide array of activities available to students especially things like Engineers Without Borders and the study abroad opportunities.

Colin is the membership coordinator for the WVU chapter of Engineers Without Borders. He is also involved with his church's Newman Club, WVU's International Students Office, and he completed a study abroad trip in Germany. He has interned with both NASA and Thrasher Engineering.

Colin Frosch


Josh Murray

Major: civil engineering

Hometown: Millwood, W.Va.

Expected Graduation Year: 2014

I've always wanted to be an engineer since playing with Legos when I was young. In high school I took an introduction to engineering class and was able to narrow my interest to civil engineering. I'm proud to tell people I'm a WVU student in the engineering program because I know this program will open new experiences and let me share my passion with others.

Josh is a LeadWell Mentor for WVU, where he serves as a counselor in the dorm. He is a member of the WVU Swing Dance Club, the American Society of Civil Engineers, CRU, and actively participates in Outdoor Rec Center activities. He also volunteers with his younger brotherI's Cub Scout groups and routinely travels to his former high school to talk with students about engineering. He interned with, Chartwell, a civil engineering firm over the summer.

Josh Murray


Dakota Kirby

Major: computer engineering

Minor: computer science

Hometown: Jane Lew, W.Va.

Expected Graduation Year: 2014

I chose WVU because I'm a native West Virginian and have wanted to come here for college my whole life. Also, it has the best engineering college in the state and it's preparing me to be competitive in my field.

Dakota is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical and computer engineering honor society, and a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a counselor at WVU's first Engineering Challenge Camps. He is active in intramural basketball, where he serves as captain, and intramural football, where he serves as co-captain.

Dakota Kirby


Cody White

Majors: mechanical engineering and Russian studies

Minors: nanotechnology and Spanish language

Hometown: Charleston, W.Va.

Expected Graduation Year: 2015

While I was studying abroad, I received so much support from WVU and the Statler College. I was really excited to return to WVU so I could share how great my experiences have been and encourage other students to pursue these opportunities. I hope that my experiences will show how hard work, along with the support of WVU, can make a difference in a student's college career.

Cody, a member of Engineers Without Borders, is highly experienced in international travel. He has conducted two months of research in Changchun China through the WVU SURE-IRES program, and he has spent close to 11 months studying abroad in Russia. He has volunteered, not only locally and across the state, but also in Kenya, Russia, and Colombia. When he's on WVU's campus in Morgantown, he lives in the International House and is an English language partner who works with students to improve their skills.

Cody White


Brandon Kania

Major: petroleum and natural gas engineering

Minor: geology

Hometown: Wellington, Ohio

Expected Graduation Year: 2014

I looked at five other colleges, but WVU had something special. I've liked math and science from an early age, so I knew engineering was for me, and that is how I ended up at WVU. It's a big school, but it still feels small and personal.

Brandon is a member of the student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Drilling Engineers. He was a camp counselor at the first Statler College Engineering Challenge Camps, and he is a student representative that serves on a committee that reviews undergraduate curriculum. Brandon is the captain of an intramural flag football team and enjoys going to the Student Rec Center. He tutors freshmen in math and science in the Engineering Learning Center.

Brandon Kania


Ali Kowalski

Major: forensics and biometric systems

Minor: biology

Hometown: Wilmington, Del.

Expected Graduation Year: 2016

My original major was forensics. However, after visiting the Statler College I believed they could push me, open up many doors for my future, and give me an extra challenge that you can't find with other schools or majors. That's why I added my biometrics major.

Ali is the vice president of the WVU chapter of the Student Society for the Advancement of Biometrics. She is involved with the Society of Women Engineers and volunteers with many events for the Statler College, including assisting with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and Operation Shoebox.

Ali Kowalski


Brianna Maze

Major: computer engineering and biometric Systems

Hometown: Davisville, W.Va.

Expected Graduation Year: 2014

I had not originally planned on majoring in engineering, but I changed my mind when a few students had explained to me the programs that WVU offered. I immediately realized that I was very interested in the computer engineering program, and never looked back. Becoming an engineering major was the best choice I could have made.

Brianna is a member of the WVU Honors College and the Society of Women Engineers, is former member of the Student Conduct Board, and a former hall representative for the Resident Hall Association. She completed a co-op at the Naval Research Laboratory where she researched satellite and wireless communications, and she now conducts research for the WVU biometrics program.

Brianna Maze

Statler Ambassador Program

The Statler College had a successful first year with our Statler Ambassador Program, and we are currently taking applications for our 2013-2014 Statler Ambassadors. This year, we are looking for 16 engineering students that will serve as ambassadors for the College for the 2013-2014 school year.

Responsibilities would include (but not be limited to):

  • Assisting with large College events in a leadership capacity
  • Meeting with prospective students and their families
  • Allowing prospective students to shadow you during classes
  • Placing phone calls or writing emails to prospective students
  • Representing the Statler College at regional college fairs
  • Being a member of the Student Advisory Council

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email us or call (304) 293-0399.

Applications for the 2013/2014 Statler Ambassador Program have closed. The new group of Ambassadors will be announced soon.



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