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Engineering alumnus Peter Reutt part of recovery team for NASA’s recent Orion spacecraft launch

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00
pPeter Reutt was among the many engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Dec. 18 waiting for the return of the Exploration Flight Test-1 Orion spacecraft after a cross-country road trip from San Diego via tractor trailer./p

Keith Moore named interim executive director of the Office of International Research, Education, and Development

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00
div pA rural sociologist, Keith Moore brings more than 30 years of international development experience to the interim position./p /div

Students from real estate program win national competition for second consecutive year

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00
pThe competition asked students to examine the impact of student-loan debt on first-time home buyers, discuss policies that have been implemented to mitigate this problem, and provide additional solutions./p

Vice President Elizabeth Flanagan to step down

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00
pElizabeth A. Betsy Flanagan, vice president for development and university relations, will step down effective June 30, 2015, to become senior fellow for advancement./p

Within Reach program to shed light on careers in health care

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00
pThe Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is teaming up with Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Virginia Western Community College, and Virginia Tech’s Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program to help Roanoke-area students understand what health care educational offerings are available in the Roanoke area./p

College of Engineering forms Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00
div pStefan Duma, who holds the Harry C. Wyatt Professorship and is world renowned for his research in injury biomechanics, will lead the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics./p /div

Managerial stock ownership can discourage pursuit of risky strategies abroad, researchers say

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00
div pA study co-authored by Anju Seth found that pay packages that are heavier on cash and lighter on stock appear to motivate top corporate managers to pursue risky but potentially very profitable international diversification strategies but have less influence in the pursuit of high-risk, high-return domestic diversification strategies./p /div

Melanie Kiechle examines the foul side of history

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00
pOne year ago tomorrow, the smell of licorice alerted Elk River, West Virginia, residents to a chemical spill. Melanie Kiechle, a Virginia Tech assistant professor of history, explores perceptions of odor and how they have changed over time./p

Virginia Tech earns high rankings on U.S. News’ Top Online Education list

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00
pThe online Master of Information Technology degree program, a partnership between the College of Engineering and Pamplin College of Business, earned a No. 2 spot. The online graduate engineering programs ranked No. 15./p

Carnegie Foundation touts Virginia Tech's community engagement work

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00
div pThe university's problem-solving partnerships with businesses and communities contribute to the public good and also imbue students with a sense of civic responsibility, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching says./p /div

Chilean delegation visits Virginia Tech to plan collaborative research projects

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00
pA delegation from Austral University of Chile will visit Virginia Tech to discuss plans for joint research projects studying earthquake resilience, sustainable energy, and antibiotic resistance.#160;/p

Fred Lee receives 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal in Power Engineering

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00
div pFred Lee has received the 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal in Power Engineering for his contributions to power electronics, especially high-frequency power conversion./p /div

Vacuum-steam treatment for invasive snails proves promising

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00
div pA vacuum-steam treatment developed by researchers in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials that is effective at destroying invasive snails on pallets of imported tile may be used in other applications./p /div

Approximately 1,800 students now enrolled in winter session

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 00:00
pStudents are enrolled in 105 different courses and more than 40 academic departments offer a course through one of the four delivery options./p

Bethany Bodo joins Office of Assessment and Evaluation

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 00:00
pThe Office of Assessment and Evaluation is a component unit of the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and seeks to promote academic quality and advance the strategic goals by providing academic leadership, service, and effective management of university resources./p

Graduate students keep interdisciplinary blog active with scholarship and commentary

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 00:00
div pRE: Reflections and Explorations was organized in 2013 by graduate students associated with the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance. The interdisciplinary blog open to all graduate students has fostered dialogue, speaking and publishing opportunities, and a sense of community among the writers./p /div

Steve Johnston's initiative and customer service earn him Facilities Services Employee of the Year

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 00:00
pSteven Johnston uses technology to help his co-workers be more efficient, but his work doesn't stop there./p

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to host global conference on pavement management in May

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 00:00
pThe conference will bring together pavement design and management engineers, consultants, and companies to define “next-generation” methods in road construction as well as road maintenance and upkeep. It will address topics related to sustainability, accountability, and improved pavement performance./p

Annual Health and Benefits Fair helps employees make healthier choices

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 00:00
div pThe health fair will include cooking demonstrations; a flu shot clinic; free hearing and vision tests; and blood pressure, body fat and BMI, skin cancer, and diabetes screenings throughout the day. More than 70 vendors will participate in the health far./p /div

Corps of Cadets alumnus 1st Lt. David Jacobs named Military Bowl Hokie Hero

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 00:00
div p1st Lt. David Jacobs, U.S. Air Force is currently flying the C-130J out of Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti. He was the Hokie Hero for the Military Bowl game./p /div