Honors Residential Commons 
at Virginia Tech

   "In fellowship, all things grow."

HRC Faculty and Staff Leadership

The faculty and staff leaders have an important role in defining the residential college experience by bridging the proverbial curricular/co-curricular gap, thereby strengthening the academic and intellectual climate of the community.  While different universities use different nomenclature for their administrative structure (see "How to Build a Residential College"), all emphasize the importance of faculty presence.  At Virginia Tech, the Faculty Principal, Student Life Coordinator, and Administrative Graduate Fellow all live in the community (East Ambler Johnston Hall) and provide guidance and support for the student leadership.  In addition, there is a Project Specialist and Area Office Manager that work in the building and provide support for both of the residential colleges in Ambler Johnston Hall.  We are also supported by the outstanding professionals with the Virginia Tech Honors College.

Faculty Principal


Pablo Tarazaga, Fall 2017 - Present


Pablo A. Tarazaga is an Associate Professor and the John R. Jones Faculty Fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department and is a Principal Faculty in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. He currently directs the Virginia Tech Smart Infrastructure Laboratory (VTSIL) (http://vtsil.weebly.com ) and the Vibrations, Adaptive Structures and Testing (VAST) Laboratory (http://vastlab.weebly.com). His research focuses on the development of novel and fundamental insights that harness, measure, mitigate and analyze vibrations using complex multi physics modeling, innovative experimental testing and real-world implementations. Applications include large scale building instrumentation for human localization and tracking, security and threat detection, emergency response an evacuation, and smart material applications for fluid structure interaction in drag reduction and non-contact fluid mixing. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Alpha Foundation, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, National Institute of Standard and Technologies, Association of American Railroads, Army, and Engineering Research and Development Center. 

He was awarded the 2014 Dean's award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech and received the prestigious 2015 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award.

Pablo holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in Mechanical Engineering. He also carried out his post-doctoral studies at the University of Bristol, England.

Student Life Coordinator

Amanda Eagan, Spring 2016 - Present


Amanda Eagan is an A/P Faculty Member as part of the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech. As the Student Life Coordinator, Amanda is a resource for all HRC fellows and works to promote the intellectual growth of the community by working directly with the Honors College and the HRC Faculty Principal. Additionally, she supervises the RA staff and helps to support other student leadership groups, including the Apartment Fellows and Commons Council. 

Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Amanda attended Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, where she earned her B.S. in Emergency Management. Amanda subsequently became a Hokie and received her M.A.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech. She enjoyed her time here so much that she elected to stay post-graduation. The Virginia Tech community has become a second family for Amanda, and she couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

Before joining the HRC in January 2016, Amanda served as Assistant Student Life Coordinator for the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston. She values working in the residential college environment because of the connections it allows students to make both intellectually and interpersonally. Amanda is inspired by the extraordinary academic and personal motivation of students, faculty, and staff within the HRC to cultivate a community of learners who continually encouraging each other to seek greater understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them. 

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys swimming, crafting, baking, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Feel free to contact her with any questions at aeagan2@vt.edu.

Administrative Graduate Fellow

Tim Devine, Fall 2017 - Present

Tim acts as the Graduate Residential Fellow (GRF) for the upcoming year at Virginia Tech. The GRF's role is to helpfosterinvolvement in the HRC community as well as serve as a resource to the students for academic questions.

Tim will begin pursuing his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering this fall. Through previous research and work, he has served on projects for the Navy, the United States Coast Guard, and NASA. He received his Bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in May 2017 in Mechanical Engineering.

Outside of his work, Tim loves all things and everything Virginia Tech and followed his two older brothers' decision to make Virginia Tech a home away from home. During his years as an undergraduate student, Tim was a "Hokie Ambassador," the school's tour guides. He attends football, basketball and wrestling matches on the regular, but is willing to support any Hokie team. Apart from the college itself, he loves Blacksburg and frequently hikes a surrounding trail or can be found at the river or lake while the weather is nice enough.

He is originally from the coast of New Jersey and enjoys a good beach day as well as raising Seeing Eye puppies to guide the blind.

Affiliated Staff

The following individuals have offices in Ambler Johnston Hall and provide direct support to HRC operations:

  • Maggie Holmes, Area Office Manager, Ambler Johnston Hall 1316, meholmes@vt.edu, 540-231-5018
  • Lisa Abbott, Residential Colleges Project Specialist, Ambler Johnston Hall 1317a, lbabbott@vt.edu, 540-231-0310

We are also supported by the outstanding professionals with the Virginia Tech Honors College:

Address: 700 Washington St SW, Blacksburg VA 24061

Phone: +1 (540) 231-2497

Email: aeagan2@vt.edu

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