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Our graduate program emphasizes an ongoing dialogue between research and practice and a commitment to continuous curriculum enhancement. Many of our graduate students share their knowledge and gain professional experience by teaching and coordinating classes in our undergraduate program. Others engage in assessment projects and learn to apply their knowledge in non-university contexts.
Our Ph.D. program is ideal for students who are drawn to research as a means to become leaders in engineering education.
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Our undergraduate program provides an innovative learning environment that serves all first-year and transfer engineering students. The program embraces a hands-on, minds-on approach, which leverages the latest advances in educational technologies to fully engage students in the learning experience.
To reach our learning goals, students are immersed in creative environments that allow them to discover and practice engineering problem-solving in a variety of contexts.
We are happy to announce that Holly Larson Lesko has accepted the position of Program Director for the three-year NSF-funded project entitled “Community-Engaged Engineering Interventions with Appalachian Youth.”
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $199,920 grant to Dr. Diana Bairaktarova as PI and CoPI, Dr. Scott Huxtable (ME). Their project is titled: Collaborative Research: vObjects - Understanding their Utility to Enhance Learning of Abstract and Complex Engineering Concepts. goo.gl/O42tWy
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1,077,034.00 grant to Dr. Jake Grohs as PI and CoPIs, Dr. Holly Matusovich, Dr. Liesl Baum (ICAT & EngE Affiliate Faculty), Dr. Gary Kirk (VT Engage), and Dr. Cheryl Carrico as a Research Associate. Their project is titled: Community-Engaged Engineering Interventions with Appalachian Youth. https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward…
This grant includes a full-time Senior Project Associate that the team is currently searching to hire. https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/76463
Dr. Lisa McNair was this year's recipient of the W.S. “Pete” White Award for Innovation in Engineering Education. The award is in honor of Pete White, a 1948 graduate of Virginia Tech, that was established by American Electric Power to encourage new interest in the teaching of engineering and to improve the learning process.
PhD Candidate, John Morelock has won the Best Paper Award in the Industrial Engineering Division of ASEE this year. John's paper was titled, "Decision-Making, Information Seeking, and Compromise: A Simulation Game Activity in Global Industrial Management". His co-authors were Dr. Alejandro Salado and Mr. Arash Baghaei Lakeh, both from the Virginia Tech Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. They each will be acknowledged at the ASEE Awards Banquet next month in Columbus, Ohio.
Virginia Tech First Year Engineering students in the Foundations of Engineering II design course took to the skies as they flight tested their original designs for functional prototypes of a real world vehicle concept that would deliver medical supplies to people in remote locations. The flight test was part of a three month project to develop the student's engineering design skills. Over 125 design teams participated in the three day event on the Virginia Tech campus.
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