Virginia Tech has named Andrea Anjali Shome of Vienna, Va., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Engineering for the 2010-2011 academic year.

In May 2011, Shome is expected to graduate with a current overall grade point average of 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale).  She is pursuing a double major in industrial and systems engineering from the College of Engineering and in French from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Shome holds an in-major grade point average of 3.86 on a 4.0 scale for the industrial and systems engineering major and a perfect 4.0 for her French major.

Throughout her time at Virginia Tech, Shome has been awarded numerous merit-based scholarships, and is a part of the University Honors program. She also has gained experience and knowledge through three undergraduate research experiences, two at Virginia Tech and one at the University of Maryland.

Shome has completed multiple professional internships, and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for industrial and systems engineering’s 4000 level class, Theory of Organization.

However, Shome’s leadership and volunteer activities have also made her a valuable asset to the university and its surrounding community as well. Her two-year participation in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Ambassadors programs has allowed her to serve in community activities, including Relay for Life, YMCA tutor, and Engineers Without Borders.

Shome is also a University Honors mentor, a student representative for the Global Living Community, a resident advisor for themed housing, and chair of Recruiting Committee for Industrial and Systems Engineering Ambassadors.
Shome is the daughter of Pradipta and Susan Shome of Vienna, Va.

The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their grade point average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community.


Written by Shelby Ward. Ward, of Bluefield, Va., is a junior majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.