The Center for Engineering Career Development Team

We provide comprehensive career counseling and development services to undergraduate and graduate students, coaching and small group workshops, and cultivate connections between students and communities of technical and scientific practice.

Our Team

  • Julia Lapan

    Julia Lapan


    Julia manages all facets of career development by providing strategic and tactical leadership and direction to the SEAS career development team. She also maintains and nurtures existing relationships, as well as develop new relationships, with a significant base of employers.

  • Frances McBride

    Frances McBride

    Associate Director and Career Coach

    Frances provides comprehensive career counseling and development services to undergraduate and graduate students. She also implements career education programs, consults with students on career search strategies, and conducts career assessments.

  • Heather Palmer

    Heather Palmer

    Assistant Director and Career Counselor

    Heather advises undergraduate and graduate students on career exploration, internship/job search strategies, and decision making through individual coaching and small group workshops. In addition to advising, she manages our email marketing to students, website, and social media presence. Heather also serves on the University-wide Global Careers Committee, is a first-generation UVA alumna, and took a career break to live in Australia for a year.

  • Peggy Reed

    Peggy Reed

    Employer Relations Manager

    Peggy is experienced in corporate human resource management, including employee communications on an international level. She also organizes & arranges employer events and visits, and increases employer and student interaction.

  • Reggie Leonard

    Reggie Leonard

    Associate Director for Career Connections and Community Engagement

    Reggie builds and stewards relationships with employers and creates opportunities to explore and prototype their careers. He also spends a significant amount of time cultivating connections between students, and communities of technical and scientific practice.  

  • Myra Khan Blanchard

    Myra Khan Blanchard

    Assistant Director and Career Coach

    Myra provides career counseling to students interested in data and analytics careers. In addition to working with students one-on-one, she also facilitates various career development workshops on topics ranging from networking to negotiation.

  • Dana Quist

    Dana Quist

    Assistant Director

    Dana counsels engineering students on all job and internship search related topics. She is the primary contact for BS and BA students majoring in computer science and helps organize events and programs with a technology emphasis including alumni talks and panels, technical interviewing skills, and employer events. When she’s not working with students, Dana spends time on her Etsy shop side hustle, listening to podcasts, trail running and hanging out with her husband and two teenagers.