To support COVID-related research and provide immediate support for Virginia Tech researchers, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation collaborated with Virginia Tech institutes and colleges to establish a COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund. As a result, nine projects were selected for funding.
For more than 20 years, biomedical engineering and mechanics professor Jake Socha has sought to measure and model the biomechanics of snake flight and answer questions about them, like that of aerial undulation’s functional role.
One mission drives Jessica Gannon. She is focused on finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. During her freshman year at Virginia Tech, Gannon's father passed away from the disease. As she prepares for her senior year as a Hokie, her father’s story continues to inspire her.
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.
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.
Robert Mahan, a researcher and professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, and his wife, Beatrice, a retired administrator, fell in love with the French language and culture. Now they are providing support for a French professorship in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and an estate gift to the College of Engineering.
A new study by Jake Socha, professor in biomedical engineering and mechanics in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science journal shows that insects experience physiological effects of gravity similar to that of humans.
Two years ago, Associate Professor and John R. Jones III Faculty Fellow Pablo Tarazaga and his family of six left their house in Blacksburg's Woodbine neighborhood to join 325 honors students in a residential hall on Virginia Tech's main campus.
Wing Ng, an Alumni Distinguished Professor and the Christoper C. Kraft Endowed Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, and Timothy Long, a professor of chemistry in the College of Science and director of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute, received 2020 Outstanding Faculty Awards.
Virginia Tech researchers are leading a team in a three-year, $900,000 project to improve the efficiency of dust scrubbers in underground mining operations, one aspect of many that impacts effective mining operation that industry constantly seeks to improve.