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Shelby Platner

Student Ambassador
Shelby Platner


Frederick, Maryland

Expected Graduation Date

May 2023

Why did you choose Materials Science and Engineering?

I really enjoyed my high school STEM classes, and when exploring various types of engineering, materials science and engineering had the combination of chemistry and physics that I was looking for in a major. Because it is necessary in virtually every field, I knew that I would be able to find a way to apply it to a wide range of interests.

Focus Area

Green Engineering

Internship and Co-Op

NSWC Carderock (summer 2021); NSWC Philadelphia (summer 2020); NIST (summer 2020)

Clubs and Organizations

Peer Mentor for Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED); COE Dean’s Team; Newman Catholic Campus Ministry; Class of 2023 Leadership Team; Treasurer for Material Science Engineering Society (MEPS)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor

Sea Turtle from Sugar Magnolia (or anything with caramel!)

Best thing about being a Hokie?

The community feel! No matter what you are interested in, you can find your place at Virginia Tech and truly feel at home in Blacksburg!! The food is good too. :-)