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Origami engineering picks up an award

Suyi Li, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the recipient of the 2022 CD Mote, Jr., Early Career Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Suyi Li with large origami piece
Suyi Li with large origami piece. Photo by Alex Parrish for Virginia Tech.
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Video: Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering partners with Carilion Clinic for a robotic hand

Pinhas Ben-Tzvi, a professor and researcher in mechanical engineering, is partnering with Dr. Cesar Bravo of the Carilion Clinic to develop a new tool for those who have suffered a brachial plexus injury.

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Now hiring

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



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Fourth in the US for ME degrees awarded
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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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