Researchers at the Virginia Tech College of Science have built an experimental neutrino detector that they say could lead to a turning point in how the United Nations tracks rogue nations that seek nuclear power.
The university has been chosen as one of eight teams to take part in the SAE International AutoDrive Challenge. The team will be provided a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle with the challenge to make the car autonomous within three years.
Edwards, the Charles Lunsford Professor with the Virginia Tech Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, is an established expert on water treatment and corrosion who most recently gained international praise for his ongoing work in Flint, Michigan.
For the past 30 years, Boroyevich’s research has focused on making electronic power systems smaller and more efficient, mostly for transportation applications and more recently for future sustainable electrification.
The initiative is part of a broader push to expand the scope and impact of the university's discoveries and to deepen research partnerships with leading companies. The university recently announced it is creating a Business Engagement Center in support of such efforts.
Associate Professor Lei Zuo, John R. Jones III Faculty Fellow of Mechanical Engineering, is working with the U.S. Army to create an energy-harvesting backpack to use the walking motion of soldiers to replenish batteries that power everything from GPS to night vision goggles.
Engineers at Virginia Tech recently tested a wave energy converter inspired by the way squid propel themselves through water during the second round of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize, which will eventually award more than $2 million in funding.
A study conducted by the Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech for Housing Virginia found significant monthly savings on energy bills for energy efficient housing and the potential for additional savings through education and incentives.
Virginia Tech researchers are part of national study to crack how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy.