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Double Helix_Lou Madsen and Ying Wang
Interdisciplinary team discovers double helix structure in synthetic macromolecule

The discovery that a high-strength polymer called "PBDT" has a rare double helix structure opens possibilities for use in a variety of applications.

Date: Mar 08, 2019
A printed flexible sheet of piezoelectric smart material (Photo by H. Cui of the Zheng Lab)
Mechanical engineers develop process to 3D print piezoelectric materials

New printing technique and materials could be used to develop intelligent materials and self-adaptive infrastructures and transducers.

Date: Jan 25, 2019
Photo of cheering team holding a check and a trophy.
Home of the future takes first place at international competition

After years of research and development contributed by over 100 Virginia Tech students and faculty, the FutureHAUS Dubai team has officially built the world’s best solar home.

Date: Jan 18, 2019
Changmin Son
Changmin Son named Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor

Son has excelled at scholarship, teaching, service, and outreach throughout his career, which began as a research assistant at Oxford University.

Date: Dec 20, 2018
MII-NanoBEADS
Virginia Tech researchers create a bacteria-based drug delivery system that outperforms conventional methods

Researchers have developed a process to chemically attach nanoparticles of anti-cancer drugs onto attenuated bacteria cells, which they have shown to be more effective than the passive delivery of injections at reaching cancer sites.

Date: Dec 20, 2018
Experimental bioreactor setup
Researchers engineer nano-textured surfaces to reduce medical device infection

Virginia Tech mechanical engineers and chemists are researching methods to apply a nano-textured biofilm on such items as urinary catheters. The research could lead to products that lower the instance of device-associated infections.

Date: Nov 27, 2018
Daniel Rau prints Kapton in the DREAMS Lab
Researchers expand breakthroughs in 3D printing Kapton, the “ultimate” polymer

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Virginia Tech's Macromolecules Innovation Institute have developed a new process to 3D print one of the most-desired materials in the electronics and aerospace industries.

Date: Nov 19, 2018
A photo in the desert of workers heading toward a truck loaded with a house covered by black tarps.
House of the future and team that built it head to international competition

FutureHAUS Dubai, an innovative, interdisciplinary, and ambitious project to design and build a futuristic, modular smart home, is the lone American team competing against 14 other university teams at the Solar Decathlon Middle East in Dubai.

Date: Nov 08, 2018
Poe artwork
Immersive theatrical installation brings the works of Edgar Allan Poe to life

A theatrical installation in the Cube of the Moss Arts Center titled "Poe's Shadows," opens on Oct. 31 and includes a series of short expert talks on related and complementary topics.

Date: Oct 29, 2018
Panel discussion at Moogfest 2018
Engineering and arts join forces at Moogfest

Faculty in mechanical engineering, a media engineering with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and a commercial audio company teamed up to create a concert experience that could change the way artists approach sound in a live performance.

Date: Oct 01, 2018
Three male, senior engineering students stand smiling holding a large check that says congratulations on thinking inside the box.
Thinking inside the box lands students $10,000 prize

Three mechanical engineering seniors received a $10,000 prize from Lockheed Martin after solving one of the company’s toughest engineering problems.

Date: Sep 26, 2018

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