Archive of Achievement Spotlights

Students build their futures

As the construction industry expands, there is a rapidly growing need for skilled labor.

An app for online privacy

We need to be more mindful about our personal information online, says Pamplin Professor France Belanger.

Strong motivation

Bobby Hollingsworth is determined to help find treatments that will not only extend lives, but save them altogether.

Even trees go to work on this family farm

For graduate student Dana Beegle, modeling a sustainable family farm involves ingenuity and hard work.

The hidden hub of Dining Services

The employees of Southgate Food Processing Center help get food to Virginia Tech's dining halls faster and more efficiently.

Into the Amazon

Virginia Tech economists, biologists, and international policy experts reshape how land and natural resources are managed.

Better brainstorming

Pamplin Professor Greg Jenkins studies how good brainstorming sessions can help auditors detect fraud.

Veterinarian finds a special bond with her work

Dr. Bess Pierce is the nation's Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year.

Small science goes global

Virginia Tech students and faculty visit three countries to gain global perspectives on nanoscience.

'The fascinating world of viruses'

Dr. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology, found his calling in studying emerging viruses.

Options to learn more

Virginia Tech provides three opportunities for students to add extra classes and experiences.

Chloé Benner brings the classics to life

"I love working with kids and classics help them to understand the foundation of our culture," the senior says.

Student aims to work on Capitol Hill

Senior Meghan Oakes tapped a diversity of disciplines, internships, and undergraduate research to build her resume.

What’s in a word?

For Virginia Tech senior Emily Blair, words are more than letters typed in sequence.

Traditional training

Cadets learn about attention to detail during the Jaffe Eager Squad and Eager Individual drill competitions.

A Hokie harvest

Innovative approaches and some surprising partnerships bring farm-fresh food to Virginia Tech’s dining centers.

'I'm doing what I can to give back'

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.

How do we 'eat local'?

A sustainable food systems class teaches students to better understand how Virginia’s food system works.

Online program sprouts opportunity

Demand is growing for a spot in the online Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences program.

A greener future

From buildings to curriculum to daily life, sustainability permeates the Virginia Tech experience.

All the right notes

Virginia Tech students teach and share the joy of music with local children in growing string project.

A global view

Veterinary student Sarah Krones travels the world to better understand human, animal, and environmental health.

Leave No Trace

Jeff Marion leads efforts to minimize the effect visitors have on pristine environments and recreation areas.

A growing field

A module within the online master of information technology program prepares students to deal with health care data.

From theory to practice

The College of Natural Resources and Environment’s Leadership Institute prepares students for future leadership positions.

Partners for life

Society and its issues have changed during the past 100 years, but Virginia Cooperative Extension’s mission has never wavered.

Beyond the classroom

Virginia Tech’s undergraduate program in financial planning stands out nationally.

Scientific synergy

A new building aims to expand the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ reach to address critical issues.

Road scholar

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.

Lessons from wildlife

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.

All about animals

A program lets students compare how animals are viewed and treated in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Music and motivation

International experiences build junior Travis Whaley's reputation as a talented composer and organist.

If the shoe fits

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s award-winning farrier has a modern take on an age-old profession.

Smarter shopping

Three undergraduate students gain recognition for developing a shopping tool that targets forced labor trafficking.

First and goal

Student athletic trainers help Virginia Tech's sports teams excel while gaining experience for their own careers.

Principles for principals

The Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement revamps the way new principals learn their jobs.

Communication plan

Virginia Tech senior Chris Bonelli handles the communication efforts for Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team.

Education for employees

Virginia Tech helps its employees maximize their potential through training opportunities.

Put the phone down

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers such as Greg Fitch continue to show the dangers of distracted driving.

Artistic vision

The new Center for the Arts is the cornerstone of the university’s master plan for the arts.

Fuel and food for the world

A researcher finds a way to create renewable energy and sustainable food from carbohydrates.

Sociologist helps fight bullying

Assistant Professor Anthony Peguero advises school administrators and the Cartoon Network.

Deep Dive events provide hands-on lessons

Students give up a Saturday to solve engineering problems.

Ease the transition

Virginia Tech Summer Academy allows new students to jumpstart their college careers

Hard-hitting research

Virginia Tech is using helmet safety research and sensors to better protect the players of America's favorite sport.

The art of science

Scientific images illustrate how, even at the most microscopic scale, nature is a thing of beauty.

Far away, but not forgotten

The Hokie Heroes program honors Corps of Cadets alumni deployed around the world.

A place for everyone

The Principles of Community are a visible statement of Virginia Tech's commitment to diversity.

Volunteers help veterans

The university's Vet-to-Vet program gives one-on-one assistance to veterans looking for jobs.

A most fitting ambassador

Nikki Giovanni moves between servant and visionary in living out the university’s promise to "Invent the Future."

The power of community

Virginia Tech faculty and staff devote their time, talents, and resources to the university and local organizations.

Wanted: Pamplin grads

Six of the top 10 majors employers seek when recruiting at Virginia Tech are in the Pamplin College of Business.

A battle plan for bases

Research by students and professors helps the military manage its land and wildlife while maintaining its operations.

Geochemist's pioneering work earns top honor

Patricia Dove will be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.

Water quality and oysters

Virginia Tech researchers investigate the high mortality rate at oyster hatcheries in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Falco file

In addition to running the creative writing program, Ed Falco recently wrote the prequel to Mario Puzo’s "The Godfather."

Help for humans and horses

A veterinarian's study of equine breathing disorders may benefit people with asthma.

In the driver's seat

An institute's doctoral student takes her engineering skills to General Motors.

Science in the kitchen

Virginia Tech’s Food Science and Technology Department is the only such program in the state.

Tutors for refugees

A student-led effort supports African refugees resettling in Southwest Virginia.

A new purpose

A Virginia Tech student is helping a nonprofit organization create building materials from trash in Guatemala.

Look to the stars

A collaboration between Virginia Tech and the University of New Mexico may help crack several mysteries of the universe.

A learning expedition

An unusual approach to teaching e-commerce technologies earns Pamplin professor Alan Abrahams a prestigious national award.

Creative inspiration

The road to faculty pianist’s New York musical debut began with a book of poetry from 1911.

An extraordinary show of support

Nearly 170,000 contributors helped The Campaign for Virginia Tech: Invent the Future surpass its goal.

Student aims for the stars

“I want to be an astronaut, and my blindness will not keep me from achieving that goal," says 19-year-old Chelsea Cook.

Student success

Graduates of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine say they feel prepared to practice medicine.

A fast track to success

The two-year Agricultural Technology Program prepares students for careers in the agriculture and green industries.

Robotics lab kicks into high gear

Virginia Tech's domination at RoboCup 2011 is pushing an already-exciting year into overdrive.

A monumental career

Jaan Holt led the design competition for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A meeting of the minds

Research conferences allow students to share their discoveries with other students, faculty, parents, and alumni.

In the driver's seat

Engineering students win the international EcoCAR Challenge and set a path for new careers.

Researchers support national energy lab

A regional alliance is conducting energy and environmental research to advance national economic and energy security.

An international architect

Alumnus Robert Turner has led major projects throughout the world.

History with a human touch

Retiring Civil War expert James "Bud" Robertson Jr. taught much more than tactics.

A dynamic duo

Bryan and Kevin Matheson are bringing their love for music to students across southwest and southeast Virginia.

A wealth of knowledge

Finance teachers in the Pamplin College of Business bring issues relevant to modern business needs to their classrooms.

Powerful scanners in place for brain research

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists will study how the brain makes decisions and how it changes over time.

Administrator's work helps fight global hunger

Virginia Tech has been at the forefront of food security issues since 1991.

Fresh produce for a fresh start

Carmen Byker is helping families learn about healthy food as part of her graduate research in sustainable food systems.

A prehistoric time capsule

Geobiology Professor Shuhai Xiao is studying 600-million-year-old embryo microfossils he and colleagues discovered in China.

Project maps Virginia’s broadband

eCorridors’ new Accelerate Virginia campaign examines the commonwealth's broadband availability and seeks input from users.

Promoting public service

Virginia Tech student Emily Barry organized a service-learning project for University Honors students in Honduras.

A dean’s list dairy farmer

Matthew Heldreth runs a 500-head operation on 1,000 acres while studying full time.

Students explore sustainable water solutions

Undergraduates gain experience through the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

Award-winning program gives students an edge

Randy Dymond receives national attention for land development program.

A history of accomplishment

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has a long history of achievement and service.

Embracing a challenge

Alumni Cathi and Steven House are renowned for their creative, thoughtful home designs.

Learning by doing for 100 years

Since 1910, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program teaches valuable life skills to the state's youth.

Research partnership makes progress

Collaboration between Virginia Tech and Carilion clinicians and scientists advances human health research.

Technology leads to new sounds

Virginia Tech's Linux Laptop Orchestra uses low-cost tools to create a symphonic experience.

Lab transforms ideas into reality

At the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory, students learn engineering by doing it.

Student government fulfills desire to serve

Alumni such as Ray Smoot (pictured) have used the SGA presidency to kindle a lifelong interest in service and advancement.

On a mission to serve

Global travels and commitments keep alumnus Sidney Smith busy, but he still serves his alma mater.

Memorial honors service of police dog units

The memorial at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is the only one of its kind in Virginia.

Undergraduate program earns top ranking

Virginia Tech's undergraduate landscape architecture program was ranked No. 1 in North America.

Learning more than the rules of the game

Student sports officials gain confidence, time management, conflict resolution, and leadership skills.

A conduit for learning

Virginia Tech students gain life skills through animal evaluation.

Fuel cell solutions

A Virginia Tech chemist continues to discover new uses for polymer materials.

Research leads to international journey

Morgan Cain Grim's undergraduate research connected Appalachian culture, Spanish gospel, and African-American history.

A passion for public service

Jeni Lamb's leadership and hard work led her to become the third Hokie to win a Truman Scholarship.

Honoring leadership and service

The Women and Leadership in Philanthropy Council recognizes students who exemplify the university's commitment to service.

Projects provide hands-on learning

Undergraduate students conduct research on a variety of topics.

Data confirms effects of glacial erosion

Virginia Tech researchers contribute to findings that support decades of model simulations.

Good eating

Virginia Tech's dining program earns high marks.

A heart for service

Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni fulfill service mission with Remembrance projects.

Virginia's 100 remarkable trees

A book by forestry professor Jeff Kirwan profiles Virginia trees that have lived for hundreds of years.

Students learn art and science of animal care

Starting in their second year, doctor of veterinary medicine students can focus on a specific area of interest.

Program visualizes weight loss

What started as a class project for Virginia Tech alumnus Charles Wood has evolved into a way to visualize one's health.

A century of research and discovery

The Department of Geosciences marks the 100th anniversary of its first graduating student.

Top student scholars focus on current issues

Two National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows are studying information overload and endangered wildlife.

An absence of writer's block

English professors gain notability and recognition in memorable year.

Funding secures ongoing international research

David Kingston's efforts have improved conservation, drug discovery, and development in Madagascar and South America.

Innovative faculty combine research, leadership

In 2008, eight Virginia Tech faculty members were recognized for their research and leadership potential.

Making the most of an education

Honors students like Betsy Brucker can fit an extraordinary number of accomplishments into their undergraduate years.

Center champions quality of life for older adults

For 30 years, Center for Gerontology research, education, and outreach have enhanced the quality of life of older adults.

Student works to improve film cooling in gas turbines

Senior Alex Navin helped design and build a test rig that allowed him to analyze the efficiency of film cooling plates.

Sustainable tourism and entrepreneurship

Hospitality and tourism management faculty help promote sustainable tourism and economic development.

Safety for all seasons

Entomology Professor Michael J. Weaver works to ensure the safe use of pesticides across the commonwealth and beyond.

Student-athlete represents United States in Olympics

The hurdler holds the school record in her event and is the first female to become an Olympian while still a student-athlete.

Undergraduate research helps educate students

Students in four disciplines feature their groundbreaking research at the annual Meeting of the Minds conference.

Engineering students and robots rule in RoMeLa

Robot Evolution by Intelligent Design: Dennis Hong is taking engineering education in fascinating new directions.

Students develop safer swiftwater rescue harness

Four undergraduates created HydroSpine, a victim-transport harness that facilitates more effective rescue and boat transport.

A Hokies softball champion storms the national stage

Senior Angela Tincher ranks as one of the best pitchers in NCAA history -- and as one of its consummate student-athletes.

eLearning helps overcome barriers of time and place

Now in its 10th year, Virginia Tech's distance and distributed learning program has yielded unprecedented opportunities.

Geoscientist works to limit our imprint on environment

Michael Hochella's research looks at how heavy metals attached to nanoparticles impact the global environment.

Professor saves rare, living history from extinction

Phil Sponenberg has spent decades saving historical animals, some of which trace their roots to the 1400s.

Physicist drives university-wide policy changes

Department head charts new territory and promotes change to resolve gender inequities in higher education.

Award-winning program benefits seniors, children

Neighbors Growing Together is the only university-based, shared-site intergenerational care program in the nation

Where would you be without clean air and water?

Forestry biometrics pioneer Harold Burkhart is helping to make sure the crucial 'cleaning' component--wood-continues to be preserved.

Matching architectural and design expertise to needs

Students, faculty, and alumni are combining their skills to bring water and other services to African villages.

Technology helps improve healthcare for horses

The Equine Medical Center is able to provide first-rate services to new technology and superb faculty.

Geographer's work has a big impact and a distant reach

This urban geographer's work reaches far beyond just city limits. Paul Knox is making a difference on a worldwide scale.

Weaver's British Amateur win lands him in the Open

The Hokie golfer was the only American amateur in the Open, thanks to a head-turning win that ended a 28-year drought.

Building credentials through experiential learning

Wood Science and Forest Products students are find success in business ventures and wood industry interaction.

Adopting sustainable ways and sharing the message

The university and its partners are creating an eco-friendly community and finding ways to expand their efforts.

Autonomous vehicle thinks and behaves like a driver

The interdisciplinary team, VictorTango, placed third in the Urban Challenge competition, earning a $500,000 prize.

Journal ranks Architecture program as nation's best

The undergraduate program sets itself apart by way of its innovative projects and forward-thinking faculty and students.