Introducing the SailBOT

The SailBOT program has just expanded to Virginia Tech! The SailBOT team is run by a group of students that build an autonomous sailboat for competitions against other schools. This group is part of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) at Virginia Tech and is funded by Virginia Tech’s engineering program, the Student Engineering Council (SEC), and the Ware Lab. With...

Effects of High-Fat Diet on Breast Cancer Risk in Future Generations

Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering professors Dr. Jason Xuan and Dr. Joseph Wang are conducting research on the correlation of a high-fat diet and breast cancer risk in future generations. I found this topic to be very intriguing, so I traveled two hours to Virginia Tech’s research center in Arlington, Virginia to find out more about it. The research began one year ago and is...

Research Spotlight: Dr. Percival Zhang

With all of the hustle and bustle around campus as students and faculty return from the summer break, it is hard to fathom the amount of energy being used during this lengthy process. From the gasoline used to fuel cars, to the coal that powers much of the campus’s electric needs, many of us seem to forget where this great amount of energy comes from; even as gas prices dig deeper and deeper...

The Evolution of the Mobile Phone

Life is incomplete without a cell phone. Like a Swiss Army penknife, this device has multiple uses, such as calling, texting, camera, weather, etc. As technology progresses these devices become smaller and smaller, adding multiple features into one small device. However, mobile technology has notalways been this way =. This article will take you on a brief journey into the development and...

Books for Engineers: Emerys Treasure and the Engineer Turned Writer

Emerys Treasure is a short novel written by Virginia Tech graduate Cliffie Coates.  The story begins with the protagonist, Losten Deforest, making a difficult decision and evolves into an adventure he never expected. As the story progresses, Losten begins life at his new college in Norfolk where he meets new people and makes a few friends.  One of the people he meets is the beautiful and...

Inside Look: Virginia Tech’s Drone Research

Over the past decade, people at Virginia Tech have seen the development of the campus and educational curriculum. With this growth, there has been an increased focus on the research taking place at the university as well. As times and technology change Tech is looking to keep up with the rapid rate of discoveries and advancements in all fields of research. One of the areas that researchers at...

CHARLI Dances Gangnam Style

  As you may have heard, RoMeLa has recently contributed to the proliferation of America’s favorite Korean pop sensation. On October 19th last year, RoMeLaVT uploaded a video of CHARLI-2 dancing to Psy’s Gangnam Style. CHARLI appears more coordinated and seems to have more rhythm than some humans. Every movement goes on the beat, and although the dance is over before the song, the result...

CES: 3D Printers, 2012 vs 2013

This year, 3D Systems was showing off their latest model of consumer-level 3D printer, the CubeX Trio. The most recent model features a modular upgrade system, allowing for up to three printer heads to be operating simultaneously. They also showed off the previous generation of printer (featured in last year's Engineers' Forum post-CES wrap up), recently upgraded to include support for PLA...

CES Press Conferences

Have you been keeping up to date with all of the latest technology and consumer electronics news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV this week? Videos with clips from three of the press conferences are below! Click on the thumbnail to see the video! Check back soon for even more!

Interview with Leigh-Ann Krometis

The Department of Biological System Engineering (BSE) recently hired Leigh-Anne Krometis as an assistant professor. After being fortunate enough to be in one of Dr. Krometis’ Water Resources classes last semester, I had the privilege to interview her about her current research, as well as her educational background. Dr. Krometis first visited Virginia Tech when she was 16 years old and...

Life After College: Perspectives from recent alumni working in industry and in graduate school

If you’re in the same boat I am, graduation is coming, and it’s coming fast. With less than a year left to graduate I’m quickly starting to realize how complicated and stressful preparing for life after graduation really is — making sure my resume looks up to snuff for potential employers, reviewing flash card after flash card in preparation for the universally feared critical reading...