Archive of Achievement Spotlights
Virginia Tech economists, biologists, and international policy experts reshape how land and natural resources are managed.
Pamplin Professor Greg Jenkins studies how good brainstorming sessions can help auditors detect fraud.
Dr. Bess Pierce is the nation's Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year.
Virginia Tech students and faculty visit three countries to gain global perspectives on nanoscience.
Dr. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology, found his calling in studying emerging viruses.
Virginia Tech provides three opportunities for students to add extra classes and experiences.
"I love working with kids and classics help them to understand the foundation of our culture," the senior says.
Senior Meghan Oakes tapped a diversity of disciplines, internships, and undergraduate research to build her resume.
For Virginia Tech senior Emily Blair, words are more than letters typed in sequence.
Cadets learn about attention to detail during the Jaffe Eager Squad and Eager Individual drill competitions.
Innovative approaches and some surprising partnerships bring farm-fresh food to Virginia Tech’s dining centers.
Richard Crowder’s work in agriculture has taken him all over the world, where he’s been a driving force opening up global trade opportunities.
A sustainable food systems class teaches students to better understand how Virginia’s food system works.
Demand is growing for a spot in the online Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences program.
From buildings to curriculum to daily life, sustainability permeates the Virginia Tech experience.
Virginia Tech students teach and share the joy of music with local children in growing string project.
Veterinary student Sarah Krones travels the world to better understand human, animal, and environmental health.
Jeff Marion leads efforts to minimize the effect visitors have on pristine environments and recreation areas.
A module within the online master of information technology program prepares students to deal with health care data.
The College of Natural Resources and Environment’s Leadership Institute prepares students for future leadership positions.
Society and its issues have changed during the past 100 years, but Virginia Cooperative Extension’s mission has never wavered.
Virginia Tech’s undergraduate program in financial planning stands out nationally.
A new building aims to expand the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ reach to address critical issues.
Christine Fiori, associate director of Virginia Tech's Myers-Lawson School of Construction, led the first detailed engineering study of the 700-year-old Inca Road.
Disease ecologist Kathleen Alexander applies a systems-biology approach, now known as “one health,” to holistically understand how humans, animals, and the environment interact and allow infectious diseases to emerge.
A program lets students compare how animals are viewed and treated in the United States and the United Kingdom.
International experiences build junior Travis Whaley's reputation as a talented composer and organist.
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s award-winning farrier has a modern take on an age-old profession.
Three undergraduate students gain recognition for developing a shopping tool that targets forced labor trafficking.
Student athletic trainers help Virginia Tech's sports teams excel while gaining experience for their own careers.
The Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement revamps the way new principals learn their jobs.
Virginia Tech senior Chris Bonelli handles the communication efforts for Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team.
Virginia Tech helps its employees maximize their potential through training opportunities.
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers such as Greg Fitch continue to show the dangers of distracted driving.
The new Center for the Arts is the cornerstone of the university’s master plan for the arts.
A researcher finds a way to create renewable energy and sustainable food from carbohydrates.
Assistant Professor Anthony Peguero advises school administrators and the Cartoon Network.
Students give up a Saturday to solve engineering problems.
Virginia Tech Summer Academy allows new students to jumpstart their college careers
Virginia Tech is using helmet safety research and sensors to better protect the players of America's favorite sport.
Scientific images illustrate how, even at the most microscopic scale, nature is a thing of beauty.
The Hokie Heroes program honors Corps of Cadets alumni deployed around the world.
The Principles of Community are a visible statement of Virginia Tech's commitment to diversity.
The university's Vet-to-Vet program gives one-on-one assistance to veterans looking for jobs.
Nikki Giovanni moves between servant and visionary in living out the university’s promise to "Invent the Future."
Virginia Tech faculty and staff devote their time, talents, and resources to the university and local organizations.
Six of the top 10 majors employers seek when recruiting at Virginia Tech are in the Pamplin College of Business.
Research by students and professors helps the military manage its land and wildlife while maintaining its operations.
Patricia Dove will be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.
Virginia Tech researchers investigate the high mortality rate at oyster hatcheries in the Chesapeake Bay.
In addition to running the creative writing program, Ed Falco recently wrote the prequel to Mario Puzo’s "The Godfather."
A veterinarian's study of equine breathing disorders may benefit people with asthma.
An institute's doctoral student takes her engineering skills to General Motors.
Virginia Tech’s Food Science and Technology Department is the only such program in the state.
A student-led effort supports African refugees resettling in Southwest Virginia.
A Virginia Tech student is helping a nonprofit organization create building materials from trash in Guatemala.
A collaboration between Virginia Tech and the University of New Mexico may help crack several mysteries of the universe.
An unusual approach to teaching e-commerce technologies earns Pamplin professor Alan Abrahams a prestigious national award.
The road to faculty pianist’s New York musical debut began with a book of poetry from 1911.
Nearly 170,000 contributors helped The Campaign for Virginia Tech: Invent the Future surpass its goal.
“I want to be an astronaut, and my blindness will not keep me from achieving that goal," says 19-year-old Chelsea Cook.
Graduates of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine say they feel prepared to practice medicine.
The two-year Agricultural Technology Program prepares students for careers in the agriculture and green industries.
Virginia Tech's domination at RoboCup 2011 is pushing an already-exciting year into overdrive.
Jaan Holt led the design competition for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Research conferences allow students to share their discoveries with other students, faculty, parents, and alumni.
Engineering students win the international EcoCAR Challenge and set a path for new careers.
A regional alliance is conducting energy and environmental research to advance national economic and energy security.
Alumnus Robert Turner has led major projects throughout the world.
Retiring Civil War expert James "Bud" Robertson Jr. taught much more than tactics.
Bryan and Kevin Matheson are bringing their love for music to students across southwest and southeast Virginia.
Finance teachers in the Pamplin College of Business bring issues relevant to modern business needs to their classrooms.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists will study how the brain makes decisions and how it changes over time.
Virginia Tech has been at the forefront of food security issues since 1991.
Carmen Byker is helping families learn about healthy food as part of her graduate research in sustainable food systems.
Geobiology Professor Shuhai Xiao is studying 600-million-year-old embryo microfossils he and colleagues discovered in China.
eCorridors’ new Accelerate Virginia campaign examines the commonwealth's broadband availability and seeks input from users.
Virginia Tech student Emily Barry organized a service-learning project for University Honors students in Honduras.
Matthew Heldreth runs a 500-head operation on 1,000 acres while studying full time.
Undergraduates gain experience through the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.
Randy Dymond receives national attention for land development program.
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has a long history of achievement and service.
Alumni Cathi and Steven House are renowned for their creative, thoughtful home designs.
Since 1910, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program teaches valuable life skills to the state's youth.
Collaboration between Virginia Tech and Carilion clinicians and scientists advances human health research.
Virginia Tech's Linux Laptop Orchestra uses low-cost tools to create a symphonic experience.
At the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory, students learn engineering by doing it.
Alumni such as Ray Smoot (pictured) have used the SGA presidency to kindle a lifelong interest in service and advancement.
Global travels and commitments keep alumnus Sidney Smith busy, but he still serves his alma mater.
The memorial at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is the only one of its kind in Virginia.
Virginia Tech's undergraduate landscape architecture program was ranked No. 1 in North America.
Student sports officials gain confidence, time management, conflict resolution, and leadership skills.
Virginia Tech students gain life skills through animal evaluation.
A Virginia Tech chemist continues to discover new uses for polymer materials.
Morgan Cain Grim's undergraduate research connected Appalachian culture, Spanish gospel, and African-American history.
Jeni Lamb's leadership and hard work led her to become the third Hokie to win a Truman Scholarship.
The Women and Leadership in Philanthropy Council recognizes students who exemplify the university's commitment to service.
Undergraduate students conduct research on a variety of topics.
Virginia Tech researchers contribute to findings that support decades of model simulations.
Virginia Tech's dining program earns high marks.
Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni fulfill service mission with Remembrance projects.
A book by forestry professor Jeff Kirwan profiles Virginia trees that have lived for hundreds of years.
Starting in their second year, doctor of veterinary medicine students can focus on a specific area of interest.
What started as a class project for Virginia Tech alumnus Charles Wood has evolved into a way to visualize one's health.
The Department of Geosciences marks the 100th anniversary of its first graduating student.
Two National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows are studying information overload and endangered wildlife.
English professors gain notability and recognition in memorable year.
David Kingston's efforts have improved conservation, drug discovery, and development in Madagascar and South America.
In 2008, eight Virginia Tech faculty members were recognized for their research and leadership potential.
Honors students like Betsy Brucker can fit an extraordinary number of accomplishments into their undergraduate years.
For 30 years, Center for Gerontology research, education, and outreach have enhanced the quality of life of older adults.
Senior Alex Navin helped design and build a test rig that allowed him to analyze the efficiency of film cooling plates.
Hospitality and tourism management faculty help promote sustainable tourism and economic development.
Entomology Professor Michael J. Weaver works to ensure the safe use of pesticides across the commonwealth and beyond.
The hurdler holds the school record in her event and is the first female to become an Olympian while still a student-athlete.
Students in four disciplines feature their groundbreaking research at the annual Meeting of the Minds conference.
Robot Evolution by Intelligent Design: Dennis Hong is taking engineering education in fascinating new directions.
Four undergraduates created HydroSpine, a victim-transport harness that facilitates more effective rescue and boat transport.
Senior Angela Tincher ranks as one of the best pitchers in NCAA history -- and as one of its consummate student-athletes.
Now in its 10th year, Virginia Tech's distance and distributed learning program has yielded unprecedented opportunities.
Michael Hochella's research looks at how heavy metals attached to nanoparticles impact the global environment.
Phil Sponenberg has spent decades saving historical animals, some of which trace their roots to the 1400s.
Department head charts new territory and promotes change to resolve gender inequities in higher education.
Neighbors Growing Together is the only university-based, shared-site intergenerational care program in the nation
Forestry biometrics pioneer Harold Burkhart is helping to make sure the crucial 'cleaning' component--wood-continues to be preserved.
Students, faculty, and alumni are combining their skills to bring water and other services to African villages.
The Equine Medical Center is able to provide first-rate services to new technology and superb faculty.
This urban geographer's work reaches far beyond just city limits. Paul Knox is making a difference on a worldwide scale.
The Hokie golfer was the only American amateur in the Open, thanks to a head-turning win that ended a 28-year drought.
Wood Science and Forest Products students are find success in business ventures and wood industry interaction.
The university and its partners are creating an eco-friendly community and finding ways to expand their efforts.
The interdisciplinary team, VictorTango, placed third in the Urban Challenge competition, earning a $500,000 prize.
The undergraduate program sets itself apart by way of its innovative projects and forward-thinking faculty and students.