The Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering Society of Distinguished Alumni (MESoDA) is an honorary society open to graduates of VT ME, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The fundamental purpose of the society is to provide a formal means of recognition of living alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in their careers. New society members will be announced and honored at the fall banquet.

Nominations for the 2024 cohort are now being accepted through the web form.

Candidates should hold a degree from the department and demonstrate:

  • Extraordinary accomplishments and/or stature in professional career. This is the primary criterion.
  • Ethical and moral standards.
  • Longevity, consistency, and quality of professional contributions, accomplishments, and accolades/honors, including scholarship and administrative appointments for those employed in academia.
  • Service to mechanical engineering or a related profession, through ASME or other professional organizations, speaking engagements, and other avenues.
  • Record of assistance, especially in leadership positions, to their country, community, community-service organizations, and humanity in general.
  • Record of involvement with, and service to Virginia Tech, with special emphasis on ME Department involvement. Recruiting of ME students for jobs, as well as recruiting of students to ME, is included here.
  • Record of philanthropy.
  • Outreach to under-represented populations through speaking engagements, community service, or mentorship in the service of diversifying Mechanical Engineering and STEM-related fields.

Nominations will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 31.