3rd Annual International Student Achievement Ceremony

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 10AM-12PM

Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center



Atia’s first book, “The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan” was released in September 2014. Her most recent book, "A Land of Permanent Goodbyes", was released on January 23, 2018. The story is based on the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria. She has won numerous awards for both her journalistic achievements and writing, including The George Foster Peabody Award and The DuPont-Columbia Awards

To find out more about her works and check out her new book, please visit her website.

Atia is a Virginia Tech alum (Communication ’04) who was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Recent Alumna Award by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Atia Abawi is a foreign correspondent and author based in the Middle East.  Atia Abawi graduated from Virginia Tech and was awarded their Outstanding Alumna honor.  She is fluent in Dari and Farsi.  Born in Germany, she moved to America at the age of one, growing up in Virginia.  Atia is married to FOX News Correspondent Conor Powell. They live in Jerusalem with their young son.



Atia has worked for CNN and NBC News reporting on international stories, interviews, and analyses, some of which include: Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan; the war on Iraq; US, Nato, and Afghan forces during major military operations; the Aung San Suu Kyi trial; the Gaza Flotilla attack of 2010; Royal Wedding coverage in London; special report on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden; exclusive interview with President Hamid Karzai; and President Barack Obama's historic trip to Israel and Palestine in 2013.

Information taken from Atia's personal Website. To learn more about Atia, please visit

Sreyoshi Bhaduri, is originally from Pune, India and recently completed her Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Her love for taking classes, from different departments earned her an M.A. in Data Analytics and Applied Statistics and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, along side her Ph.D. while at Virginia Tech. Sreyoshi's research interests include working on innovative research designs for analyzing datasets, and presenting these results to various stakeholders through meaningful and easily interpretable visualizations to enable administrative data-driven, decision-making. While at Virginia Tech, Sreyoshi has served as the Chair of the Council for Advancement of Minority Engineering Organizations, and Graduate Student Liaison for the Society of Women Engineers at VT. Sreyoshi was recognized during her time at Virginia Tech as a Diversity Scholar, was a part of the Global Perspectives Program (GPP-2013), served as a Fellow of the Academy for Graduate Teaching Excellence (VT-GrATE), and was inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in 2017.

Feiyu was born and raised in Beijing, China. She majors in Material Science & Engineering, and minors in German at Virginia Tech. Feiyu has been an active participant in the Presidential Innovation Scholar program (iScholar), and she has promoted cross-cultural exchanges within the Hypatia Engineering Learning Community. She was also awarded the UAS7 Scholarship (Seven Universities of Applied Sciences – Alliance for Excellence), which gives her the opportunity to study abroad at Hamburg, Germany and intern at Fraunhofer Research Institute working on an additive manufacturing project. Feiyu has served as a global ambassador at Virginia Tech in the past two years. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in Material Science & Engineering at Stanford University.


All graduating international students and their families are welcome to attend the achievement ceremony. Registration is required.

Initiated in Spring 2016, the International Student Achievement Ceremony serves as a celebration of achievement for undergraduate and graduate international students. This ceremony highlights the important contributions that international students make throughout the Virginia Tech community and provides graduating students with a positive and rewarding experience that recognizes them for their hard work and dedication in completing their degree program while also navigating many unique challenges faced by international students.

ISAC Program 2016.pdf
ISAC Program 2017.pdf