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Michael Bartlett wins an NSF CAREER Award

Multiple innovative projects with soft robotics have established a strong body of work for the lab and helped lay the groundwork for future manufacturing methods.

Michael Bartlett holds a flexible circuit in his lab.
Michael Bartlett holds a flexible circuit in his lab. Photo by Alex Parrish for Virginia Tech.
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Video: Harvesting energy from trail rails

Researchers in the Railway Technology Laboratory have created a novel train rail that captures the vibrations of a moving train to create electricity in remote regions.

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Faculty positions are open in the areas of robotics and nuclear engineering.



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In Erik Komendera's lab, some pretty big robots are being developed for work beyond earth.

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Technical Communication Program

Mechanical engineering has a program especially for helping young engineers communicate well.

Nuclear Engineering

The nuclear engineering program (NEP) at Virginia Tech is a multi-disciplinary program with activities in nuclear power, nuclear nonproliferation and security, radiation therapy and diagnostics, and nuclear policy. NEP offers degrees at two campuses including Blacksburg and National Capital Region (NCR).

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