Innovation Campus Vice President and Mechanical Engineering Professor Lance Collins has joined the board of Society for Science, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization focused on promoting the understanding and appreciation of science.

Collins came to Virginia Tech in 2020 to launch the Virginia Tech campus in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Prior to that appointment, he served as Dean of Engineering at Cornell University. 

“I plan to dedicate my time to increasing access to the Society for girls and underrepresented minority students, who historically have not participated in STEM at the levels they could if given the opportunity,” Collins said in a press release from the society.

The Society for Science, founded in 1921, is a champion for science, dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research. 

The Society provides concise, accurate, and inspirational science news and opportunities to nearly 100,000 subscribing members, 70,000 competition alumni, and millions of unique online visitors and social media followers.