Her appointment is expected to enhance the university's entrepreneurial and innovative culture, grow commercialization opportunities, build relationships with corporate and foundation partners, and continue support of the academic research enterprise, officials said.
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.
The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech presents renowned artists from around the globe and from close to home, with a special focus on experiences that expand cultural awareness and deepen understanding. The Center for the Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, with which the Center for the Arts is uniquely partnered, are housed in the Moss Arts Center. The Moss Arts Center is a 147,000-square-foot facility that includes the Street and Davis Performance Hall and its 1,274-seat Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre; visual art galleries; the four-story, experimental venue the Cube; and research studios.
Rising one slot to No. 38 in university research expenditures in the United States, Virginia Tech is the only Virginia institution in the top 50 of National Science Foundation rankings and remains among the top 25 public research universities.