Dr. Watford is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Academic Affairs office is responsible for all matters pertaining to undergraduate students. This includes activities related to recruitment, matriculation and graduation of students. Curriculum and accreditation issues are also within the scope of academic affairs. Dr. Watford is the Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity and Director of the Ware Lab. Bev earned all of her degrees from Virginia Tech's College of Engineering (BS Mining Engineering, MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research). Dean Watford has worked at Virginia Tech since 1992, becoming associate dean in 1997. She has two children, Devon (BIT ‘15) and Leah (SBIO ‘18), both students at Virginia Tech. Her professional interests are focused on ensuring that all students who desire an engineering degree are successful. She is particularly interested in helping under-represented students achieve their educational and professional goals, whether these goals are in engineering or any other field.