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Sea urchins may be key to developing lightweight engineered cellular materials

Studying the sea urchin is part of a $540,000 National Science Foundation grant being investigated by Ling Li.

Date: Sep 24, 2018
Michael von Spakovsky
Michael von Spakovsky named Robert E. Hord Jr. Mechanical Engineering Professor

The professorship acknowledges and rewards faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering who have shown exceptional merit in research, teaching, and/or service. Recipients hold the position for a five-year term.

Date: Sep 19, 2018
Alan Kornhauser
Alan A. Kornhauser honored with emeritus status

A member of the university community since 1989, Kornhauser served as the associate director of the Energy Management Institute, which involved direction of educational outreach activities and the organization of many workshops and short courses.

Date: Sep 14, 2018
student looking at flight simulator
Lockheed Martin on campus Sept. 4 and 5, job offers and virtual reality demos

Lockheed Martin, developing critical technologies to solve global security issues, will be at the Inn at Virginia Tech, to recruit a variety of engineering disciplines, including computer science, aerospace engineering, computer programming, software development, finance, and accounting.

Date: Aug 28, 2018
Graphene octet truss on strawberry blossom
Virginia Tech researchers develop novel process to 3D print one of the strongest materials on Earth

Because of its strength - graphene is one of the strongest materials ever tested on Earth - and its high thermal and electricity conductivity, 3D printed graphene objects would be highly coveted in certain industries, including batteries, aerospace, separation, heat management, sensors, and catalysis.

Date: Aug 15, 2018
Four girls are sitting on the floor smiling as they hold up a metal device.
Through partnership with local rescue squad, Virginia Tech students develop lifesaving device

The device, called the Emergency Lift Assist, operates by safely and quickly rolling a patient onto a tarp. Once strapped in, a hydraulically powered set of frames lifts the patient with just the push of a button.

Date: Aug 07, 2018
a person opening up a ketchup packet
New approach to super slippery packaging aims to cut down on food waste

Not only will the technique help sticky foods release from their packaging much more easily, but for the first time, it can also be applied to inexpensive and readily available plastics, such as polyethylene and polypropylene. These hydrocarbon-based polymers make up 55 percent of the total demand for plastics in the world today.

Date: Aug 03, 2018
Katie Broadway
Virginia Tech graduate student pursues innovative microbe-based cancer therapy

Katherine Broadway, a Virginia Tech graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, is researching a cutting-edge, microbe-based cancer therapy as her dissertation project.

Date: Jul 20, 2018
Virginia Tech receives Department of Defense instrumentation awards

The awards will enable the university to support research and education in autonomous underwater vehicle, submarine, and ship hydrodynamics.

Date: Jul 18, 2018
Two young men sit at a table and pose for a photo. On the table is a white mannequin head and neck, wearing a black helmet that looks like a baseball cap.
Engineering students take lifesaving concept to market with help from university environment and donors

Starting a company as a student is no easy feat. But Virginia Tech’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and financial support from investors like Ray Zinn are emboldening students to start building their empires early.

Date: Jul 11, 2018
FutureHAUS Dubai being assembled by crane
FutureHAUS Dubai takes shape at Virginia Tech’s Research + Demonstration Facility

Led by the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, students from five Virginia Tech colleges will compete as the only U.S. collegiate team in the Solar Decathlon Middle East in Dubai, November 2018. The team now has three months to complete the world’s smartest modular solar home – a prototype they hope will become a global model for housing sustainability.

Date: Jun 24, 2018
Virginia Tech's autonomous watermelon harvester won the 2018 national agBOT competition.
Virginia Tech agBOT autonomous watermelon harvester takes top prize

The Virginia Tech agBOT team clinched first place in the third annual agBOT Challenge at Gerrish Farms in Rockville, Indiana.

Date: Jun 14, 2018

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