Christina B. Williams of Alexandria, Va. has been named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech for the 2012-13 academic year.

Williams, who is pursuing a major in chemical engineering and minors in chemistry and Spanish, is expected to receive a bachelor’s degree in May.

She is a member of the University Honors Program and is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Pamplin Leadership Award; Chemical Engineering Departmental Scholarship; ACC International Scholarship; and the Office of International Research, Education, and Development Scholarship.

As an undergraduate, Williams conducted research in the Department of Sociology and has served as a mentor with the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity. Committed to teaching at the high school level in inner-city Los Angeles upon graduation, she is the campus campaign coordinator for the Teach for America Program.

Williams is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the women’s rugby team, Virginia Tech Symphonic Band, and the VT Salsa Club. She participated in the General Electric Leadership Conference and Kappa Kappa Gamma National Leadership Academy.

Williams participated in world health, water treatment, and community partnership programs in Mexico, Tanzania, and Spain.

She is the daughter of Steve and Lori Williams.

Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. Co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class, the award recognizes outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their grade point average (a minimum of a 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 Catherine Doss.