Virginia Tech engineers, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Miami, received a two-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to design new computational, mathematical, and simulation frameworks to protect the critical infrastructure of coastal cities against natural disasters.
The second design phase, which will take place over the next 18 months, will be driven by deep faculty engagement and stakeholder leadership to develop curriculum, build research proposals, and engage partners.
Students learn by doing through a variety of programs hosted by the institute. Last year, students contributed to projects that helped predict the spread of the Zika virus and established an information network capable of simulating worldwide disaster scenarios in a matter of seconds.
Kent Fuchs, the president of the University of Florida, will join Virginia Tech President Tim Sands on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss opportunities and challenges each has faced at their institutions.
Last year President Tim Sands challenged the university community to envision the future Virginia Tech. Since then, four representative committees with dozens of people have been collaborating by pointing their lenses on the future.
Najla Mouchrek, a graduate student from Brazil, is Virginia Tech's first individualized doctoral degree student, with research spanning at least five disciplines. Her proposal aims to improve teenagers' empowerment as they transition to adulthood, with a focus on sustainability issues.