Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Cassandra Groen is a postdoctoral researcher. She earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech in May 2017. Her primary research interest includes professional identity formation in undergraduate civil engineering students, particularly the ways in which it is shaped and influenced by students’ academic relationships, events, and experiences. She is very active in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) community and is currently serving as the 2015-2016 Student Division Chair. Cassandra has a B.S. (2009) and M.S. (2011) in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D. In her spare time, she likes to cook, paint, and is currently learning how to ride motorcycles. 

Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs

  • Bae, Hwangbo

    Hwangbo Bae is a currently enrolled as a graduate student seeking master’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is also a research assistant in the Myers Lawson School of Construction and a teaching assistant in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Prior to attending graduate school in 2018, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. Hwangbo Bae completed his military duty as an artillery sergeant in Republic of Korea Marine Corps. in 2017. His major interest in research is investigating the value of leadership that influences worker safety in the construction industry, thus increasing the overall quality of project and sustainability of the workforce. He loves listening to music and watching movies during his spare time.

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  • Cranwell, Lindy

    Lindy is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in planning, governance & globalization, combined with graduate certificates in engineering education and Future Professoriate at Virginia Tech. She has a certificate in higher education administration from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Global & International Education from Drexel University, a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Virginia Tech, along with an associate’s degree in applied science and business administration from New River Community College.  Lindy is currently investigating institutional policies on comprehensive internationalization focusing on the role of civil engineering faculty.
    Lindy is also a professional faculty member in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. She serves as the Director of International & Global Education, where she oversees the graduate student program and handles all global and engagement and programming for the department. She also works closely with College of Engineering at Virginia Tech in regards to international programs. She currently serves as the College of Engineering’s International Programs Faculty Committee chair. 
    Lindy has lived in Blacksburg long enough to consider herself a local. She has three grown children, an understanding husband, and a cute dog named Macdougall.

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  • Hermundstad, Amy

    Amy Hermundstad is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Her primary research interests include engineering students’ professional development through co-curricular activities. Amy has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and is finishing her master of engineering degree in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. This past year, Amy was selected to participate in the Global Perspectives Program at Virginia Tech where she traveled to Switzerland, Italy, France, and Ecuador to learn more about higher education around the world. In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, camping, running, crafting, and traveling.

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Committee Members

  • Johnson, Rachelle

    Rachelle has worked in the construction management industry since 1995. Her projects include commercial hard bid, government contracts, Native American projects, design build, civil works, and historical and residential renovation. Rachelle was closely involved with whole project development including preconstruction, value engineering, coordinating design and engineering teams, managing client relations and managing staff and construction best practices in the field. 
     Rachelle grew up in Oklahoma and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. She was Valedictorian of her local Fort Gibson High School and a Marine Corp Scholar Athlete. Rachelle completed her B.A in History in 1994 from Oklahoma City University where she attended for one year. Rachelle was awarded the Native American Scott Scholarship and graduated on the President’s Honor Roll. The majority of Rachelle’s undergraduate work was completed at The United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. 
     Rachelle holds an M.S. in building construction from Virginia Tech University and is currently working to complete her Ph.D. in environmental design and planning. Rachelle future goals including teaching in higher education and continuing research in workforce development. Her area of study and interest is construction workforce development in rural and Native American communities. Ut Prosim!

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  • Roa, Julio

    Julio Roa is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program, Julio worked as a project manager and a project director in the construction private sector for 10 years. Projects ranged from construction of transportation infrastructures, aggregates production and mining operations. Julio has also served as an instructor for Computer Application in Civil Engineering and Co-Instructor for Airport Planning and Design. Julio is also the Founder of Office Market, a department store that sells office and school supplies, educational games, toys, wrappings, scrapbooking, and other crafts workshop. In his spare time, Julio is learning Portuguese. He is also working towards becoming a private pilot in the next two years.

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Directing Hourly Research

  • Bowers, Allison

    Alison is a doctoral student at Virginia Tech in the School of Education’s Educational Research and Evaluation program. With the Simmons Research Lab, she is investigating measures of quality in the civil engineering education experience.
    She has an Education Specialist degree in early childhood special education from George Washington University, a Master of Forest Resources in environmental education and communication from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of South Carolina. Concurrently, she works as a research consultant for a number of university faculty (both at Virginia Tech and beyond) and environmental nonprofits. She has previously worked as an environmental educator and a special education teacher. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her husband and three children..

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  • Lang, Marissa

    Marissa is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech.

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Undergraduate Researcher

  • Periwal, Mayank

    Mayank is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in construction engineering and management and a minor in business at Virginia Tech. His research interests are in the perspective of recruiters in the construction industry on undergraduate students’ engagement in out-of-class activities. He joined SRL in January  2017. Besides academics, Mayank is involved in several organizations around campus. He is involved with Appalachia Service Project, Student Government Association and Committee of Inclusion and Equity (SGA). His hobbies are playing football, gymming, and traveling. His plans for summer 2017 are to travel around Europe and Scandinavian countries. His passions are serving society through initiatives like education for children and housing for all. In the future, he wants to study sustainability and smart buildings in the construction industry.

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B.S., Civil Engineering, expected May 2018, LinkedIn

M.S. Civil Engineering, December 2017, LinkedIn

M.S. Statistics, December 2017

M.S. Civil Engineering, December 2017, LinkedIn

M.S. Building Construction, May 2017, LinkedIn

B.S. Construction Engineering & Management, May 2017

Ph.D., Statistics, May 2017 LinkedIn

B.S., Civil Engineering, May 2017

M.S. Civil Engineering, December 2016, LinkedIn

M.S., Public and International Affairs, December 2016 LinkedIn


Ph.D. Environmental Design & Planning, May 2016, LinkedIn

Ph.D. Engineering Education, May 2016, LinkedIn

M.S. Civil Engineering, May 2016, LinkedIn

B.S. Computer Science, May 2016, LinkedIn

Ph.D. Educational Research and Evaluation, May 2015, LinkedIn

Ph.D. Educational Research and Evaluation, December 2015

Ph.D. Environmental Design & Planning, December 2014, LinkedIn

M.S. Civil Engineering, December 2013, LinkedIn

MS. Rhetoric and Writing, LinkedIn