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Poland, Michelle

A portrait of Michelle Poland



Academic Success Program Coordinator, Academic Advisor, Professor - Freshman Engineering


M.S. Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, WVU 2008 
B.S. Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, WVU, 2006

Michelle Poland is the Academic Success Program Coordinator for the Fundamentals of Engineering Program, within the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 2006 and earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 2008, both earned at West Virginia University (WVU).  Michelle returned to her Alma Mater during the summer of 2013 and has since enjoyed working with freshmen engineering students.  In addition to advising 200-250 freshmen engineering students each semester, she also actively leads the advising development efforts for the Fundamentals of Engineering program (FEP), spearheads the New Student Orientation efforts for the Statler College, organizes Statler College Welcome Week activities, plans early-alert efforts, directs the Eugene V. Cilento Learning Center, participates on five FEP committees and one Statler College committee, is a member of the WVU Advising Development Collaborative, and is a participant in the iPASS Excellence in Advising series.

She is also the owner and handler of Fundamentals of Engineering Therapy Dog, Marlon Brando. "Brando" spends his days working in the Engineering Learning Center. Follow him on Twitter @WVUDogfather

Mrs. Poland was selected as the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) Outstanding New Advisor for the state of West Virginia (Region III) in 2014, and as an Outstanding Advisor for the Statler College in 2015.  She has recently been selected to receive the West Virginia University 2017 Nicholas Evans Excellence in Advising Award.

Michelle resides in Morgantown, WV with her husband, daughter, and two sons.

Teaching Interests

Engineering Economy