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Proof-of-concept program from LAUNCH and VTIP fuels development of new technologies

Eligible projects involve technologies captured in the VTIP invention disclosure process and identified as candidates for licensing to established companies or to new technology startups.

Date: Aug 21, 2020
Marc Michel, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, holds up a nasopharyngeal swab that he 3D printed in a lab at Steger Hall. Michel, out of focus, is wearing gloves, a PPE mask, and googles in accordance with safety standards.
Geosciences’ Marc Michel switches from nanoparticles to 3D printing nasal swabs

Michel, an associate professor of geosciences, diverged from his normal path to lead a project involving numerous Virginia Tech faculty, alumni, and specialists from Carilion Clinic to use 3D printing to create nasopharyngeal swabs during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Date: Aug 18, 2020
Linsey Marr
COVID-19 research projects propelled by Rapid Response Seed Fund

To support COVID-related research and provide immediate support for Virginia Tech researchers, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation collaborated with Virginia Tech institutes and colleges to establish a COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund. As a result, nine projects were selected for funding.

Date: Jun 30, 2020
Jake Socha, professor in biomedical engineering and mechanics, sits in his lab.
X-ray images help reveal insects’ physiological responses to gravity

A new study by Jake Socha, professor in biomedical engineering and mechanics in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science journal shows that insects experience physiological effects of gravity similar to that of humans.

Date: Jan 14, 2020
Lab member  Mojtaba Edalatpour shows the thermal diode developed by Boreyko's team.
Novel method of heat conduction could be a game changer for server farms and aircraft

Jonathan Boreyko's approach to thermal management uses a thermal diode, allowing for the cooling of a hot object on one side while resisting heat from entering on the opposite side.

Date: Aug 17, 2020
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Wave Drinker team wins a spot in Waves to Water Prize

A team of graduate and undergraduate students advanced in a national competition aimed at providing fresh water, powered by the motion of large bodies of water.

Date: Aug 13, 2020
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Students advance sustainable change, new growth experiences in Climate Action Commitment update

Students have been key contributors in the ongoing Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment revision process and have had the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in sustainability and invaluable professional development opportunities.

Date: Aug 10, 2020
Two nuclear engineering students using a virtual reality system (VRS-RAPID) to view a spent fuel pool at a nuclear power plant.
Virginia Tech nuclear engineering confers its first undergraduate minors

Virginia Tech's nuclear engineering program has experienced a revival in the past decade, and completed undergraduate minors are the latest fruits of its labors.

Date: Aug 07, 2020
Oumar Barry
Oumar Barry earns NSF CAREER Award to explore power line vibration monitoring by autonomous robots

This five-year, $500,000 award will fund Barry's research for a self-powered autonomous robot to prevent electric power line defects.

Date: Jul 28, 2020
Ling Li
Ling Li receives an NSF CAREER award to study the complex microstructures of biomaterials

This $520,000 five-year award will support Li’s research of how biomineralized starfish skeletons are designed and formed.

Date: Jul 24, 2020
Jiangtao Cheng and Wei Zhou
Droplet biosensing method opens the door for faster identification of COVID-19

Virginia Tech researchers have found there’s significant room to improve the pace of coronavirus testing. A new method can detect all of the contents of a sampling droplet, and there is no extraction or other tedious procedure.

Date: Jul 20, 2020
Lei Zuo
Lei Zuo named Robert E. Hord Jr. Professor of Mechanical Engineering

As a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2014, Zuo’s scholarship has focused on the design, dynamics, control, and manufacturing of energy systems.

Date: Jul 15, 2020

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