Col. John Medeiros, USAF (Ret.), a Ph.D. doctoral candidate in national infrastructure and homeland security public policy with the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), recently chaired a panel about academic opportunities following military service at a Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Transition Workshop and Job Fair on January 29 in Baltimore. The program was attended by more than 50 military engineers who are transitioning out of military service, as well as SAME members who are looking for a new opportunity in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, and Medeiros highlighted his graduate education at Virginia Tech in Alexandria as it relates to national infrastructure public policy in his remarks.

“The workshop provided valuable perspectives from others who have made the transition into a variety of engineering related careers, and attendees were able to meet and interview with numerous companies and organizations for future job opportunities,” said Medeiros. “I was pleased and excited to share my transition to academia with fellow SAME members.”

Medeiros is completing his Ph.D. with the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP), a SPIA graduate program in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Richmond, and he also received his Masters of Public Administration from CPAP in Alexandria. Additionally he has completed the Certificate Program in Homeland Security Policy and a master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Planning, both offered by SPIA in Alexandria.

Virginia Tech – public land-grant university committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community– has a longstanding commitment to supporting military service through programs such as the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC). The university’s Office of Veterans Services is the primary resource for Virginia Tech veterans and their dependents. Information is available for educational benefits, applications, certifications, tutoring, mentoring, navigating the Veterans Affairs system and the Veterans@VT student organization (a chapter of Student Veterans of America).

The School of Public and International Affairs is dedicated to providing leading-edge educational programs for current and emerging public service professionals across all career fields in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Part of Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region, SPIA offers 10 certificate programs and six graduate degrees in urban affairs and planning, government and international affairs, and public administration and policy that serve the needs of working professionals at its Old Town Alexandria campus.