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, Virginia Tech and other noteworthy universities – Stanford, UC Berkley, and Purdue – are leading a new push towards the interdisciplinary studies of engineering and science. Scieneering program was…

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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 friendly, easy-going family that meets to dream up underwater vehicles. But it’s easy to let your imagination wander when it comes to submarine design, especially with the project goals…

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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 assistance from the U.S. Naval Academy, the SailBOT program was brought to Virginia Tech thanks to the combined effort of seniors Wess Downs, an engineering major,…

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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 the university have begun to increase their focus on is that of unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones.  When thinking…

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