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Duck feathers, air pockets, and water pressure

Researchers find the balance ducks strike in their feathers to hold water, creating synthetic feathers that could be used in boats and de-salting technology.

Jonathan Boreyko displays a synthetic feather.
Jonathan Boreyko displays a synthetic feather.

Department news briefs

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Class of 2021 video: Lauren Berman navigates setbacks to finish strong

Lauren Berman has always enjoyed running and hands-on learning. She's finishing her master's degree in mechanical engineering, and has picked up some wisdom along the way about living in the moment.


Seminar series

We are proud to host an ongoing roster of speakers across disciplines for students and peers.



Meet the researchers, teachers, and innovation leaders of the department.

Fourth in the US for ME degrees awarded
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The DREAMS lab

Take a trip through the world of additive manufacturing with Ph.D. student Lindsey Bezek.

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Drone class with certifications

After Kevin Kochersberger helped launch a drone academy in Malawi, he put that same approach to work for Blacksburg students.

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).

Mechanical Engineering in the news