Nicole A. Jefferson
 COVES Fellow Profile

Nicole A. Jefferson

  • Ph.D. candidate, Engineering Education
  • Virginia Tech
  • Office of State Senator Ghazala Hashmi

“The experience was phenomenal. The most valuable experience was being able to work directly with legislators on state policies.” –

Background: As a middle school teacher of engineering technology and co-founder of OvrActv Imagination (, an engineering ideation consulting group with a green-space initiative, Nicole’s desire is to gain a stronger understanding of our Commonwealth’s public and private industry vision, plan and involvement in STEAM initiatives, while becoming actively engaged in securing our state’s position in the forefront of technological advancements.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Computer Science, Virginia State University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering Technology, Virginia State University