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Origami-inspired robotic plants grow with their environment

Suyi Li is collaborating on a project to produce robotic sensors that mimic the characteristics of plants for optimal environmental monitoring.

(From left) Graduate researcher Vishrut Deshpande and Associate Professor Suyi Li inspect a plant-inspired robot prototype. Photo by Alex Parrish for Virginia Tech.
(From left) Graduate researcher Vishrut Deshpande and Associate Professor Suyi Li inspect a plant-inspired robot prototype. Photo by Alex Parrish for Virginia Tech.
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Everesting

Bart Raemaekers took a step away from his regular work to crunch some data about Everesting. His work was published in Scientific Reports.

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Technical Communication Program

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


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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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