Ariel Gunn, a senior majoring in German and industrial and systems engineering, was selected as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) 2018-2019 Young Ambassador; she is one of 33 undergraduates in North America chosen for this honor.

Young Ambassadors have studied or interned recently in Germany and are interested in promoting study in Germany at their home universities and colleges. Gunn, who spent the 2016–2017 academic year at the Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie, is the sixth Virginia Tech student to be selected to participate in this program; Virginia Tech has had continuous participation since 2011.