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Grad students Katherine Biniek and Robin Puttock awarded scholarships from National Capital Region alumni association

MIT Big Data Module Katherine Biniek and Robin Puttock

Virginia Tech graduate students Katherine Biniek of Alexandria, Virginia, and Robin Puttock of Arlington, Virginia, have each been awarded $2,000 scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year by the National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

The local alumni chapter raises money for its scholarship program through a number of fund raising activities, most notably an annual job fair held in the spring. Initiated in 2002-2003 for graduates from northern Virginia high schools who are accepted to Virginia Tech, the scholarship program was expanded in 2010-11 to include students enrolled in National Capital Region graduate programs.

Biniek is in the Masters of Public Administration program in the Center for Public Administration and Policy. She is continuing the coursework she began in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region campus in Alexandria.

After graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor of science degree in sociology, with a concentration in crime and deviance, in 2008, Biniek began her professional career as a police officer with the Virginia Tech Police Department and served as a sergeant from 2012-2015. She was also certified as a field training officer, general instructor, and crisis intervention instructor and focused on community policing efforts.

Biniek currently serves as a special agent for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). In this position, she investigates fraud related to documents issued by the DMV and ensures the security and integrity of DMV documents.

Puttock is a full-time student in the Master of Architecture program at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. From July 1999 to June 2015, she was a partner at The Lukmire Partnership, Inc., in Arlington, Virginia.

As a member of the firm’s senior leadership team, she played a key role in developing the overall business strategy and helped lead business development, client relations, design, budgeting, and project management. She exhibited expertise in award-winning sustainable architecture, being the first staff member to become LEED Certified.

She is a registered architect in both Virginia and Maryland and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Her major projects include schools, libraries, arts centers, and recreation centers.

Puttock earned a bachelor of architecture degree in architecture with a minor in industrial design, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech in 1999.

Posted August 08, 2016