“Rendyr epitomizes the potential of Virginia Tech students to change the world through launching a new venture while pursuing their degree,” said Sean Collins, director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. “Seeking to democratize access to prototyping tools, Rendyr has the potential to be a game changer in multiple industries.”
The alumni recipients were Tim Chase, Rishav Khanal, Matthew Ogburn, and Mallory Tuttle. The awards were initiated by the Pamplin Society, a volunteer group that seeks to promote, support, and improve the college and to enhance alumni engagement by recognizing alumni contributions.
During its quarterly meeting held in Blacksburg, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors received numerous reports and presentations on key university priorities, such as the Innovation Campus, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and Apex Center for Entrepreneurs.
A startup itself in 2014, Apex is now on track to engage more than 3,000 students across all colleges on campus. The center takes an interdisciplinary approach, partnering with course options across campus to empower students with knowledge and skills to build and launch companies.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1980, Patterson made significant contributions through his work in financial econometrics. He taught courses across the finance curriculum at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels.
Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech has a goal to raise $1.5 billion to fuel excellence across all university programs and drive forward major strategic priorities. A second goal is to engage 100,000 alumni in meaningful ways over the course of the campaign.