Peggy Layne
Ms. Peggy Layne
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Virginia Tech
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Peggy Layne, P.E., joined Virginia Tech in 2003 as director of the AdvanceVT program, a National Science Foundation sponsored program to increase the number and success of women faculty in science and engineering. She is currently the Director of AdvanceVT and Faculty Projects in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Prior to accepting her current position, Ms. Layne worked as a diversity consultant for the American Association of Engineering Societies and as director of the program on diversity in the engineering workforce at the National Academy of Engineering. She also spent a year as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Bob Graham, where she was responsible for water, wastewater, and solid and hazardous waste policy issues. Ms. Layne has degrees in environmental and water resources engineering from Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. She spent 17 years as a consulting engineer with several firms, and was formerly a principal at Harding Lawson Associates in Tallahassee, FL, where she managed the office and directed hazardous waste site investigation and cleanup projects. Ms. Layne is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a registered professional engineer. She served as president of the Society of Women Engineers in 1996-97 and FY11 Chair of SWE’s Government Relations and Public Policy Committee.
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  • Kaci, Louisiana asked Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech

    Added Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    I am considering enviro. engineering. I want something that is versatile and does not limit me to a small amount of job opportunities. My first question is to work with some of the same things as an enviro engineer, is an BS environmental engineering degree really required? Also, if not, what degree options would I have to still be able to work with environmental issues ? If not, should I get a chemical engineering degree and then opt to work with environmental stuff, or would that be stooping ...
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8:16 PM
    Hi Kaci,
    Environmental engineers can work for government agencies, consulting firms, or industrial corporations, so there are a variety of job opportunities out there. You don't need to have an undergraduate major in environmental engineering. Many ...
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  • Jessica

    Added Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Hey, I'm Jessica, I'm a junior in high school and I have been looking into environmental engineering as a choice to major in at college but I'm not sure what exactly it's all about or if it'd be the right job for me. I'm really interesting in farming, outdoors, gardening and things a little more on the agricultural side, but I don't know of any good paying jobs that aren't declining in growth.. my dad and some teachers suggested environmental engineering, so is there a certain type of ...
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:28 AM
    At Virginia Tech we have a program called Biological Systems Engineering that combines many of your interests. That program offers a focus on water resources, preparing students to manage wastes from agriculture operations as well as industrial and ...
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  • Candice, Little Rock, Arkansas

    Added Monday, February 22, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Hello, my name is Candice and I am attending the university of Little Rock Arkansas. I would love to be a environmental Engineer. My question is whenever going to a site what are the questions that run though your head? What do you ask yourself?
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Monday, February 22, 2016 at 4:12 PM
    Hi Candice,
    Environmental engineers work at a variety of different kinds of sites, so I'm not sure exactly what you are asking. I'll answer based on the kind of work I used to do investigating hazardous waste disposal sites. We worked on military ...
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