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Christine Bala Burgoyne

Director and Instructor

BEAM/MSE Communications Program

Materials Science and Engineering 

Engineering Science and Mechanics

04 Holden Hall (0237)

Virginia Tech 

Blacksburg, VA 24061

 Phone: (540) 231-5305

  Fax: (540)231-8919

E-mail: cbala@vt.edu



 Recent Publications



Research Interests
  • Globalization in Engineering Communications
  • Technical and Professional Communications: Preparing the engineer for the workplace through current and changing standards
  • Critical discourse analysis (CDA)--discursive patterns and reproduction of ideologies in technical professions--discourse communities in engineering cultures
  • Bakhtinian and Barthian Studies -- applications of dialogism, heterogeneity, carnivalesque , intertextuality, hybrid identities, in engineering, global, and communications

Courses Taught/Co-Taught in MSE 

  • MSE 2884: Professional Development 1
  • MSE 3884: Professional Development 2
  • MSE 2044: Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering (Communications Component)
  • MSE 2014: Transition to Materials Science and Engineering 
  • MSE 3314: Materials Laboratory I (Communications Component)
  • MSE 4414: Physical Ceramics (Communications Component)
  • MSE 4424: Materials Laboratory II (Communications Component)








  • M.A. English, English Department, Virginia Tech, May 2001.

  • B.A. English Studies: Language, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University   of the Philippines, October 1995.














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