Associate Professor Eric Standley's artwork is truly cutting edge, with layer upon layer of intricately laser-cut sheets of paper forming a rich, colorful, and detailed whole. He is a pioneer in the techniques used to create his art, which recently started an international buzz with art collectors, blogs, and media.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture has recognized Marie Zawistowksi and Keith Zawistowski with a 2012-2013 Design Build Award. The Zawistowskis, both professors of practice in the School of Architecture + Design, were among four individuals and teams to be recognized for best practices in design-build education, and are among the first to receive this national recognition.
Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors recently approved a resolution to create a Faculty of Health Sciences. The new organizational framework is intended to serve as a catalyst for health sciences research and education collaborations across Virginia Tech's colleges and research institutes and with partner institutions.
Students in the new real estate program will be exposed to a variety of academic fields including architecture, building construction, business, civil and environmental engineering, economics, property management, natural resources management, planning, and law.
College programs on entrepreneurship help increase the probability of success by offering not only specific knowledge and skills development but also networks, mentors, space, and resources. Students have time and a safe environment to explore their ideas and ferret out the feasible business opportunities.
Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have unveiled a life-like, autonomous robotic jellyfish the size and weight of a grown man, 5 foot 7 inches in length and weighing 170 pounds, as part of a U.S. Navy-funded project.
David G. Schmale III, an associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was named one of Popular Science's 2013 Brilliant Ten. His research using drones — also called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs — to explore microbial life in the atmosphere earned him a spot on the prestigious list of international scientists, engineers, and thinkers whose innovations change the world.
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world. Y.H. Percival Zhang and his team have succeeded in using xylose, the most abundant simple plant sugar, to produce a large quantity of hydrogen that previously was attainable only in theory.
Patricia Dove, C.P. Miles Professor of Geosciences in the College of Science, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the director of the Biogeochemistry of Earth Processes research group. By using chemical principles and nano-scale analytical methods, Dove has become an international leader in the field of biomineralization— the processes by which animals grow skeletons and other functional structures.
Harold E. Burkhart is a University Distinguished Professor and the Thomas M. Brooks Professor of Forestry in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. Burkhart's principal path-breaking achievement is the development of a comprehensive, integrated set of forest yield forecasting models for stands subjected to a wide variety of management treatments. His contributions to the advancement of forest growth are unprecedented.
For a group of 35 Virginia Tech students, 2013 began with hot sun, heavy manual labor, and lots of love. The students took part in a week-long service journey to Central America in January, a journey that changed many of their lives forever. They were part of Students Helping Honduras, an international grass roots organization that helps build villages, schools, and orphanages in the poverty-stricken nation.
Virginia Tech has won a total of $1.59 million for three federal contracts to continue agricultural research in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal. The awards represent a vote of confidence in development work that has been ongoing since 1993. All awards are funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are working on a solution to improve the health of residents of the Dan River area by developing a multi-pronged program that aims to incorporate not just nutrition education, but exercise initiatives and community gardens — a multifaceted approach that could be used as a model to battle the obesity epidemic in similar communities across America.
Three University Honors students at Virginia Tech launched AboliShop – a Web browser extension that allows online consumers to check their cart to identify products that likely used forced or exploitative labor in their manufacturing or distribution.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is one of the few medical schools nationwide that places an emphasis on original research throughout the four-year curriculum. By teaching research fundamentals during the first year and providing dedicated time for research throughout the remaining three, students are set on track to practice and contribute to evidence-based medicine.
Virginia Tech named its $100 million arts center building in tribute to artist and philanthropist Patricia Buckley Moss, whose recent donation in support of the center is one of the largest gifts the university ever has received. The 147,000-square-foot center opens in fall 2013 and is located near the corner of the Alumni Mall and North Main Street.
Recognizing the continuing growth of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and its need to house more than 1,000 cadets, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved planning efforts to address the buildings on the Upper Quad while honoring the historic nature of that precinct.
Virginia Tech's architect of growth, President Charles W. Steger has achieved the majority of his goals through a rare ability to exhibit both the artistic touch to craft a vision and the pragmatic know-how to implement it, along with an aptitude to spot and interpret trends well ahead of others and empower a dedicated leadership team to help him position the university on the right trajectory.
Virginia Tech's Office of Energy and Sustainability was recently honored with a 2013 Gold Governor's Environmental Excellence Award at 24th annual Environment Virginia Symposium hosted by the Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech continued its tradition of receiving high rankings in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2014" and many other organizations. The Princeton Review ranked Virginia Tech first for Their Students Love These Colleges.
With more than $454 million in research and development expenditures for fiscal year 2012, Virginia Tech remained the No. 1 academic research institution in Virginia in the National Science Foundation's annual survey of more than 900 universities.
The Virginia Tech women's soccer team finished its best season to date in fall 2013, coming close to competing in the national title game. Coach Chuggar Adair's squad represented Virginia Tech well on and off the field.
Learn all about the orchestra shell in the performance hall at the Moss Arts Center. "The shell will be constructed and deconstructed depending on the acoustic needs of the space and the program that is being presented," said Wallace Easter, professor in the School of Performing Arts.
Meet Team ViGIR – short for Virginia-Germany Interdisciplinary Robotics – is one of two Virginia Tech College of Engineering-based teams competing in a multi-year Robotics Challenge. The team is building new software and control tools for a robot as part of the challenge with the end-goal of creating rescue robots that can easily maneuver disaster scenes and save lives.