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“SWE” Mentor Kids on Brownie Day

On Saturday, March 19, a group of members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) spent their day mentoring a group of eager Girl Scouts, most of whom were juniors or cadets. The mission, which the outreach division of SWE organizes twice a year—but as Brownie Day in the fall—aims to engage young female students in science, technology, engineering, and math, and particularly in engineering,...
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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...