The annual Engineering Expo will be hosted by the Student Engineers' Council (SEC) on the Virginia Tech campus on Sept. 19 and 20. Some 250 firms and government agencies will be on hand to recruit potential employees from the engineering student body. Another 50 companies remain on the waiting list due to a lack of space.

The SEC, a self-funded student organization, expects more than 5,000 students will be in attendance to exchange information with company representatives.

The chairperson of the Expo committee, Rebecca Wiggins, a junior in computer science, has done an outstanding job in organizing this year's exposition, said Lynn Nystrom, faculty adviser to the SEC. "Becky has devoted a substantial part of her summer, preparing for this event, and ensuring we have a record-setting attendance by companies interested in employing our students."

The exposition opens to the engineering student body on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Expo continues on Wednesday, Sept.20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are invited to walk through the exhibits, many of which include videos, products, promotional items, demonstrations and other items which detail what the companies do.

A full listing of the attending companies can be found at the Student Engineers' Council website.

The locations for this year’s Expo are: Squires Student Center, Owens Banquet Hall, and the Multi-Purpose Room of the Graduate Life Center (formerly Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center).

Of the 250 companies, 83 elected to also become sponsors of the SEC, an increase of 25 over last year. Sponsorship is offered at three levels: silver for $250, gold for $500, and platinum for $1250. Benefits vary from company publicity on all SEC events to a guaranteed booth at the Expo.

This corporate showcase is an extension of the SEC's mission: to promote the personal and professional development of student engineers at Virginia Tech by helping them to define career goals, pursue career opportunities, and develop leadership skills.