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Facilities & Labs

David Knight

The VT DEEP Lab (Data Enlightened Educational Practice) strives to find ways to bring educational data into the conversation to guide decision-making processes for students, faculty, administrators, and policy makers.  Our team takes a systems perspective of higher education whereby we consider a complex set of interrelated variables in investigating educational outcomes.  Current projects include developing educational dashboards to illuminate broad patterns in learning data, investigating transfer students pathways into engineering, exploring shared leadership within student design teams using social network analysis, and exploring curricular, co-curricular, and organizational influences on the development of engineering students' learning outcomes.  Team members have conducted research in both the U.S. and Australian higher education contexts.

Vinod Lohani

The Learning Enhanced Watershed Assessment System (LEWAS) integrates hardware and software components to develop learning modules and opportunities for water sustainability education and research. This unique Research to Practice lab is an outcome of a PhD dissertation in EngE department and was motivated by a LabVIEW instructional unit in our freshman engineering course. Research in this lab has been supported by various grants from the NSF under programs such as Department-Level Reform, TUES, and REU Site. College of Engineering, ICTAS, and EngE have provided funding for the lab. In addition to freshman engineering courses, this lab has been used in Hydrology, Urban Hydrology, Civil Engineering Measurements, Water Resources Engineering (all in civil engineering) and Data Structures class in CS. Finally, this lab is actively used in engineering courses at Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke.

http://www.lewas.centers.vt.edu/

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The Frith Freshman Design Laboratory (Frith Lab) is a space designed to support the retention and development of young engineers through hands-on learning, peer mentoring, and authentic problem-solving. Part collaboration and innovation space, part fabrication and prototyping space, and part learning laboratory, the Frith Lab enables first-year engineering students to learn by dissecting, designing, making, and analyzing engineering products. The lab features over $150,000 worth of equipment that any first-year engineer an use once they have completed the safety training required for a machine.  It features a Tensile/Compression Materials Testing machine, 3-D printers, laser engraver, CNC router, and drill press, along with various hand tools, housed in toolboxes available for checkout. The tools can be used for projects assigned in engineering classes but students are encouraged to come and use the lab for the sake of learning.

The Frith Lab was renovated in 2014 and funded by Ray Frith (Agriculture Engineering, Class of 1951) and his wife Violet. 

Directions to the Frith Freshman Design Lab

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Butler Dr. Wm. Michael Butler
Associate Professor of Practice
Director, Frith Lab
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Frith Lab Manager
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Undergraduate Lab Assistants
                                                                                              

AliMohammed Ali
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Andrew Bolkhovitinov
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Bur Joaquin
Joaquin Bur
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Deysi Camacho
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Josheph Lettery
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Nicholas Mariani
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Maulbeck
 Thomas Maulbeck
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Ilya Pozneev
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Ringer
Alexandra Ringer
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Guillermo Semidey ULA FRITH
Guillermo Semidey
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Trapero
Martin Trapero

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Pauline Vu
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Marie Paretti & Lisa McNair, co-directors

The Virginia Tech Engineering Communication Center integrates the professional and the technical to create a new kind of engineer. VTECC brings faculty, students, and professionals together to explore, design, practice, and teach communication and collaboration in support of engineering work. Our lab provides a creative think space for engineering students and faculty to break through disciplinary molds and collaborate across boundaries to drive innovation.

http://www.vtecc.eng.vt.edu

 
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