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Three Tips on Getting Engineering Internships

By Kirby Koch Even though internships may not be mandatory within the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, students realize that many employers are looking for students that have already gained real world experience. The problem is how do you get that first internship without already having experience? Zachery Dean, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, spent the last school year co-oping at...

Hyperloop at Virginia Tech presents Vhyper

Hyperloop at Virginia Tech presents Vhyper, a design submission for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.  This video explains the physics and engineering behind the design, showcasing the talent and hard work of  a team of twenty-one undergraduates, three graduate advisors, and two faculty advisors, and their collaboration to take public transportation to a whole new level.
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Composites: Laying Up Plies of the Future

By Vidya Vishwanathan Composites have been known to be the material of the future, quickly replacing metals, such as aluminum, for structures, especially within the aerospace field. One of the more notable uses of composites in the aerospace industry has been by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which garnered a lot of attention for the push towards the creation of a more environmentally friendly...

Engineering Experiences

By Simi Srikanthan In the following interview, I speak with Cynthia Hampton, a graduate assistant for CEED, about her engineering background, experiences, and career. Simi Srikanthan: So, let’s talk about your background first. You went to Kansas State University, and you majored in biological systems engineering. Could you just explain a little of what that is? Cynthia Hampton: Sure, so...
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Signals to Space: The Virginia Tech Ground Station

By:  Vidya Vishwanathan  In a small parking lot off of Prices Forks Road stands a miniature brick building surrounded by antennas; this is the Virginia Tech Ground Station (VTGS). Priding itself in being a part of such an enormous interdisciplinary effort, the VTGS is a collaborative project between the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, Space@VT, the Department of...
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Fluids and Polymers: A Supercritical Breakthrough

By:  Zeyad Zeitoun As we gain knowledge in a myriad of scientific fields, we find that the way in which we perceive the world can be flawed. The models we develop to decipher the phenomena occurring around us sometimes deceive us until we uncover a piece of evidence that shifts our perspective in another direction. “Nature doesn’t lie, but our thinking may be wrong,” declares Dr. Erdogan...
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Formula SAE: Weight Down, Power Up

By:  CAM Gerlach The Virginia Tech Motorsports Formula SAE team, based out of the university’s Ware Lab, isn’t content to rest on their past laurels, as impressive as they may be. Last year, the team scored a high finish in the Formula SAE competition held at the Michigan International Speedway, beating out close to 130 other vehicles from colleges and universities around the globe to earn...
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BioactiVT: Engineering Medical Solutions

By:  Arianna Krinos Stumbling into the aptly hidden meeting of the BioactiVT team on Monday night in Norris Hall, small talk was confined to biomedical engineering. The small conference room-style Engineering Science and Mechanics lounge became a medium conducive to the chatter of members of one of Virginia Tech’s design teams. The casual atmosphere—some members were laughing, others...
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Spotlight on the Student Engineers’ Council

By:  Glen Elwood  Every year, over 5,000 eager students attend the Engineering Exposition in hopes of finding employment. Organizing this career fair is no small feat, and it takes the combined efforts of the entire Student Engineers’ Council (SEC) to make it happen. The Engineering Exposition hosts over 250 companies and provides an incredible opportunity for students to engage with company...

Sink or Swim: A Concrete Example

By: Christine Mapili The job of an engineer revolves around solving problems, from calculating the maximum load on a structure to planning out the timeline for a major project. Sometimes the key issues are obvious from the beginning and the solutions need to be planned out well in advance, while in other instances, obstacles pop up later down the road and must be surmounted on the fly. Both of...

Supercomputing at Virginia Tech

  By Sarah Stewart, a senior in industrial and systems engineering Because of movies like Transcendence and Lucy, the public is becoming more acquainted with the idea of supercomputing. Supercomputing, or high performance computing (HPC), is the use of a supercomputer to perform advanced calculations that cannot be solved on a regular computer, or would take an infeasible amount of time to...

Ware Lab Correspondence

    Hello all, Welcome to the start of a new year at Tech! The majority of you already know the ropes, but with each year comes a new segment of our Hokie population that do not. I’m talking about our beloved freshman, of course. For those of you who are new to the Correspondence, what I have generally discussed in past issues has been the status of the various teams and projects in...