U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Perry Artz, a Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus from the class of 2015 who earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering and a minor in leadership studies from the corps’ Rice Center for Leader Development, was selected as the Hokie Hero for Monday’s season opener against Florida State.

The Hokie Hero program honors corps alumni who are deployed. Recipients are highlighted by Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop during their radio broadcast of Hokie football games, on the Corps of Cadets website, and in the Corps Review alumni magazine.

Artz is on patrol with the ballistic missile submarine USS Maryland. He is the Reactors Controls Assistance Division officer. The division is in charge of the operation, maintenance, and safety of the electrical, instrumentation, and control systems and components related to nuclear reactor operation.

As a senior, Perry was the cadet commander of the corps’ Alpha Company and a member of Skipper Crew, responsible for the corps’ cannon.