First big hire at Virginia Tech innovation campus to look beyond traditional student pools

Jonathan Capriel
First big hire at Virginia Tech innovation campus to look beyond traditional student pools

Sara Hooshangi has a big task ahead of her: As the soon-to-be program director for the master of engineering degree in computer science at Virginia Tech's $1 billion innovation campus, she will help build one of the most consequential tech workforce-education efforts in Greater Washington. Essentially, this program encouraged those in science fields or other nontraditional students — those working full-time jobs or with family obligations — to complete their tech degrees. "In my program, we worked with community college students," said Hooshangi, who obtained her bachelor's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, from McGill University and Princeton University respectively.