Professional and Career Development for Graduate Students

UVA Engineering master's and Ph.D. students land prestigious positions in a wide variety of career sectors, including university faculty, industry and government research, consulting and other non-traditional fields. This is because we serve our graduate students with comprehensive professional and career development that helps them become knowledge entrepreneurs, with the skills to succeed in an ever-changing global marketplace. UVA Engineering's graduate professional and career development program takes advantage of the expertise across our comprehensive University community, including the Darden School of Business, the School of Medicine and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.


Habits of Engineering Leaders

  • Problem Solving

    Our graduate students are immersed in the theory and practice of excellent problem solving, so they become experts at taking ideas from concept to reality.

    Courses:

    • Knowledge Entrepreneurship: provides an Introduction to engineering research and the intellectual framework that will help students succeed as innovators and leaders.
    • Technology Innovation: introduces the fundamentals of innovation, focusing on processes by which individuals convert new discoveries and knowledge into products.

     

    School and University resources for graduate students:

  • Skilled Communications

    True engineering leaders are excellent at communicating the details and impact of their work to a wide range of audiences, including those with non-technical backgrounds.

    Courses:

    • Communicating Research to External Audiences
    • Communicating Research to Technical Audiences

     

    School and University resources for graduate students:

    • UVA Engineering Graduate Writing Lab: offers one-on-one consultation on grammar, structure and technical components of a student’s current writing or communication assignments.
    • ESL Development for Engineers: program helps international students develop English language skills in the context of research communications.
    • UVA SciComm Program: provides vital communication training paired with real-life, immersive opportunities to put that training into practice.
  • Cutting-Edge Pedagogy

    Many of our graduate students pursue careers in academia, so we take care to provide our students with a cutting-edge pedagogical toolbox, meaning they are well-equipped to begin training the next generation of engineering leaders.

    School and University resources for graduate students:

  • Teamwork & Collaboration

    Collaborating across disciplines is a fact of life for today's engineering leaders, and collaboration and teamwork are foundational to the culture at UVA.

    School and University resources for graduate students:

    • Cornerstone Technology Acceleration Program: brings together teams of graduate and professional students from multiple UVA schools toward technology development and commercialization.
    • UVA NSF I-Corps Site: helps prepare scientists and engineers to extend theirfocus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerate the economical and societal benefits of research.
    • The Science Policy Initiative: a graduate student organization focused on enhancing awareness about careers in science policy.
  • Ethics & Compassion

    Applying engineering principles and problem-solving in an ethical and compassionate way are integral to the culture and curriculum at UVA Engineering. It's another reason why UVA engineers are so sought-after by employers.

    Course:

    Engineering & Ethics: includes face-to-face responsible conduct of research training and addresses ethical challenges that arise in engineering research.

These critical professional development skills, in combination with the outstanding resources and services provided by the Center for Engineering Career Development, arm our graduate students with the abilities they need to become leaders in their chosen career paths.

  • UVA Engineering Ph.D. Career Paths
  • UVA Engineering M.S. Career Paths
  • UVA Engineering M.E. Career Paths