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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...

Introducing the Future: Scieneering

Problems in the real world have become multi-dimensional and require the collective efforts of both scientists and engineers alike. In the wake of the BP oil spill, prizes were awarded to experts and entrepreneurs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields that could develop a method to efficiently clean up the Gulf Coast. To keep pace with further challenges,...

Interview with Dr. Erik Westman

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Erik Westman, the new Interim Associate dean for Academic Affairs at Virginia Tech. He spoke to me about the events that brought him to where he is today, and about what advice he would like to give current students. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you live and study, and what previous jobs have you held? I was born in Denver, but...

So You’re Considering the Ph.D.?

A light fog settles over the Virginia Tech campus at 7:58 in the morning and the cool air reminds students that winter is coming but isn’t here quite yet. Vibrating off Hokie Stone buildings, classical music from Burruss Hall attempts to uplift the spirits of the students who haven’t made it to their classes. As you take in this beautiful yet often-overlooked scene, you notice the time on...

VT Human Powered Submarine: A Glimpse of Phantom 7

Set apart from the everyday foottraffic on Stanger Street is a large gray metal door that reads “Virginia Tech: Human Powered Submarine.” Push it ajar, step over the basement threshold, and you’ve now entered the Sub Lab, inhabited by the last remnants of a coalition of super-villain engineers working tirelessly to create a submarine of diabolical capabilities. In reality, it’s a...