A Virginia Tech team is looking for volunteers who own or have access to 3D printers to help make headpieces for face shields. The shields will be delivered to hospitals in the Roanoke and New River valleys and to local emergency responders.
To help address potential ventilator shortages, mechanical engineers at Virginia Tech have partnered with a Carilion Clinic physician to upgrade bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines, commonly used for treating sleep apnea, into makeshift ventilators.
In mid-March, an interdisciplinary group of more than 75 faculty, students, and staff split into teams to carry out 10 projects in rapid science and production, working together to provide Southwest Virginia medical professionals with personal protective equipment and ventilation supplies, as well as the insights to inform their use.
Christopher Williams has been named the interim director of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute. Abby Whittington will serve as the director of the interdisciplinary macromolecular science and engineering Ph.D. program.
Eli Vlaisavljevich, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics, will work to develop new technology that could help stem illegal timbering and the resulting effect on the environment.
The Economical and Sustainable Materials Destination Area supported a proposal for a $1 million DOE grant to advance a research team’s development of an innovative electrolyte for safe and higher energy density vehicle transportation batteries.
The goal is to establish programs to better position the current and next-generation manufacturing workforce to produce military systems and components that assure technological superiority of the department, according to the Department of Defense’s website.
Feng Lin, an assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Science and an affiliated faculty member of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute, led efforts along with researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Purdue University, and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France.
These three accomplished researchers are part of the inaugural cohort of the Faculty Fellows Program of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, which puts faculty leaders at the forefront of strategic research initiatives.
A Virginia Tech professor and his interdisciplinary team of undergraduate student researchers have made inroads in integrating electronic sensors with personalized 3D-printed prosthetics — a development that could one day lead to more affordable electric-powered prosthetics.
Zheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, has received the award to study rational design and additive manufacturing of 3D piezoelectrics with arbitrary anisotropy for maritime self-sensing structures.
Tim Long, a professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech, and Tim Showalter, a radiation oncologist at UVA’s Cancer Center, are testing a gel that could be used during radiation treatment for cervical cancer.