Archive of Innovation Spotlights
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Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers are developing a web-based app that one day will tell users when and where high levels of traffic are most likely to occur.
Food Science and Technology Professor Susan Duncan deciphers how we respond to our emotions through food.
Katie Russo helps students apply the life skills they learn abroad to their everyday lives.
For years, Virginia Tech researchers have led the search for the sterile neutrino.
Industrial design students create a traveling exhibition to showcase the sculptural elegance of form.
Inside the Signature Engineering Building, researchers will track data related to building design and security, occupancy monitoring for emergency response, structural health monitoring, and more.
A neurologist reseraches new treatments for aggressive brain tumors in dogs and humans.
Virginia Tech architecture students learn away from the traditional classroom through an unusual collaboration with top architecture and design firms in Chicago.
The Presidential Global Scholars program at Virginia Tech aims to give students a "life-changing" study abroad experience.
Women boast a proud history in the Corps of Cadets, and a new program aims to boost their achievements even more.
Students in an economic development class suggest how state leaders might lure in manufacturing jobs.
A trip to Malawi gives students the insight to design a sustainable infant resuscitator to help newborns.
A researcher uses electronic noses to empower grape growers and doctors in surprising ways.
Virginia Tech faculty find new ways to merge art and technology.
From aerial drones to self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles are about to transform the roads, skies, and economy.
A marketing study from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business says less is more when it comes to presenting information.
A Web-based application developed at Virginia Tech can help growers determine which grapes are best for their land.
Virginia Tech is one of a handful of U.S. institutions preparing undergraduates for careers in packaging science.
Technology revolutionizes chemical research in southern Virginia.
Forest researchers examine ways to make woody residues a viable energy alternative.
Marketing researchers say colors on websites or in stores can influence consumer shopping behavior.
Students earning a minor in 21st century studies spend five weeks in a nomadic study abroad experience.
The Corps of Cadets uses social media alongside face-to-face recruiting to get the word out about its opportunities.
A turfgrass research project has created a better playing surface for Virginia Tech's recreational fields.
The VT Engage VISTA Network addresses critical needs in Blacksburg and surrounding communities.
As Virginia Tech's integrated science curriculum enters its third year, word of its new teaching approach has spread through academic circles.
The Scieneering program offers undergraduates interdisciplinary coursework and research opportunities.
A Virginia Tech team helps out with paperwork so social workers can focus their attention on families in need.
A Virginia Tech researcher helps to save the livelihoods of thousands of Asian farmers.
The Olmstead travel program allows Virginia Tech cadets to experience life in foreign countries.
Civic agriculture and food systems students learn to develop community-based food sources.
A group of mechanical engineering students has opened a 3-D printing lab for all to use.
Economic Development Studio students learn by doing real-world studies for a state park and a trail club.
The faculty principals of the first residential college say they worked harder and accomplished more than expected.
A Virginia Tech graduate develops a new way to help preserve turfgrass during large events.
Virginia Tech is one of the first universities in Virginia to offer an online human anatomy and physiology lab and lecture.
Living-learning communities in Virginia Tech's residence halls help students find their niche.
A Virginia Tech researcher studies invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
A Virginia Tech doctoral student is at the root of an urban farming initiative in Lynchburg, Va.
Y.H. Percival Zhang is advocating and inventing new processes for creating hydrogen fuels from biomass.
Researchers at Virginia Tech's Arlington Innovation Center: Health Research take on pressing health care issues.
The SERVE living-learning community aims to foster personal growth and civic responsibility among its students.
Through a unique program, cadets care for the U.S., Virginia, and Team Spirit flags before each football game.
At Virginia Tech’s structural engineering laboratory, students build and destroy configurations of concrete and steel.
Pamplin Professor Ken McCleary teaches students about the business of wine and tourism.
Virginia Tech offers more than 800 online classes annually, and faculty are working together to enhance the experience.
Virginia Tech’s Center for European Studies and Architecture fosters a strong camaraderie among its students.
FourDesign gives students the opportunity to do graphic design work for professional clients in Virginia and beyond.
The College of Natural Resources and Environment has several water studies in progress.
Undergraduate students work with farmers in Ecuador and Bolivia to improve their farming and production.
A new classroom used by the College of Science promotes teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills among students.
Virginia Tech wildlife researchers work to help save tigers from extinction.
Associate professor Dane Webster and two students created an animated fly through of the new Center for the Arts.
Students can learn to market themselves in ways that attract employers with Virginia Tech Career Services.
Pamplin’s young alumni put their business skills to work in socially relevant careers at nonprofits.
Multidisciplinary researchers, experts, and students are creating a computer-generated model of Blacksburg, Va.
A Virginia Tech poultry scientist’s simple experiment with backyard chickens in 1957 leads to new discoveries today.
The Rice Center for Leader Development provides lessons and hands-on experience at the helm for the corps of cadets.
A physics professor is investigating the speed, temperature, and other details of winds emitting from black holes.
Virginia Tech’s Green500 List ranks the world’s supercomputers by their energy efficiency.
Virginia Water Resources Research Center scientist Sheila Christopher is studying the sustainability of forest biofuels.
Researchers in education and human development are exploring how children use technology to play and talk about shapes.
The effort, which includes a new Growers Academy series, is building land-based businesses from the ground up.
The goal is to provide localities across Virginia with tools to assess and grow their tree canopy.
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science researchers meld science and technology to make a better tomorrow.
Virginia Tech researchers are developing an autonomous boat with the U.S. Navy.
Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets conference often with corps alumni who serve in combat zones.
The Virginia Tech Lumenhaus won the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe competition.
Pamplin faculty show how social-media businesses have blazed new trails in competitive strategies.
Virginia Tech scientists participated in a study that shows memory may affect how parents treat their children.
From harvesting local crops to recycling efforts, Virginia Tech students encourage sustainable living.
CHARLI, a humanoid-sized robot, takes its first steps in a Virginia Tech laboratory.
A Virginia Tech researcher studies the impact of bodily rhythms on the way cancer develops.
The Quantum Matrix program created by Dennis Jones allows users to organize content into cubes.
Virginia Tech researchers gain international attention for development of genetic therapies for cancer.
An annual trip through the Great Plains gives Virginia Tech students a chance to witness severe weather firsthand.
Virginia Tech students offer new ways to consider passenger train travel.
Staff at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital use non-invasive imagery to guide treatment and research.
The efficient compact ultra-wideband antenna could be used for home, automotive, medical, and military applications.
Farmers in Southern Virginia and the regional nuclear industry reap the benefits of university research collaborations.
An interactive, theatrical performance at Virginia Tech explores Darwin's theories and their impact today.
The Virginia Tech Lumenhaus was featured in Times Square in New York City in early 2010.
Pamplin's marketing faculty research ways to enhance consumer well-being and quality of life.
A Virginia Tech program helps address the projected shortage of qualified local government managers.
Virginia Tech engineering students help blind youth take the wheel.
Virginia Tech food scientists study ways to improve the safety of retail produce.
Virginia Tech’s Crop Genetics Group works to improve food security and reduce prices through plant breeding and genomics.
A new student-published journal in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences rolled off the press in April 2009.
Through a new guidebook business, Pamplin students do research, apply course concepts, and gain business experience.
Physics professor John Simonetti leads a team of researchers to explore the mysteries of space.
Virginia Tech and Roanoke turned a revered landmark into a booming business.
Virginia Tech was the only U.S. university invited to attend a recent furniture fair in Germany.
Associate Professor Steve Sheetz leads a research effort to encourage more businesses to adopt a standard computer language.
Programs prepare students for leadership while helping the community.
Students, professor work to create a software program to produce real-time visualizations of seismic simulation data.
The success of Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center helps the region attract new industries and businesses.
Veterinary medicine students spend a portion of their final year providing basic animal care to the surrounding community.
Collaboration yields custom-built mobile laboratory bound for Africa
Researchers are developing new ways to use agricultural waste to create energy and improve on existing technologies.
Research in infectious diseases has been a hallmark of excellence in the college for decades.
New modes of expression challenging our imaginative students include animation, gaming, digital sound, and cinema.
A team of School of Architecture + Design students showcase their creativity and vision in Milan.
Plant pathologist David Schmale uses autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles to study potentially harmful microbes.
Wildlife student David Garst is using georeferenced data and research to help restore the timber rattlesnake population.
Pamplin researchers hope to use an old technique for parsing communications in a new way to help detect fraud.
The first-year camp is Virginia Tech's latest addition to an extensive program to help new students make the transition.
In an underground cavern near the Blacksburg campus, Virginia Tech scientists are making new discoveries in particle physics.
The eyes of a genetically altered mosquito change color to signal the functional status of the mosquito’s immune system.
Phoebe's Field is using global expertise to help students create real understanding of concepts like force fields.
A new approach to controlling water pollutants offers to help qualify officials from having to play the guessing game.
Researchers are discovering new details about how the brain becomes more specialized and efficient as it develops.
Researchers and graduate students are creating Virginia's first digital database of bike and pedestrian trails.
Virginia Tech is sending faculty and students abroad to work with European colleagues and extend international connections.
Students and faculty are helping immigrants transition to new lives and concurrently shaping a new way to teach and learn.
MOSAIC, a new intercultural residence hall living environment, embraces all aspects of diversity and social justice.
This eco-friendly solution to a growing waste problem could lead to big savings for both the industry and the consumer.
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Electronic fabric weaving in Virginia Tech labs could lead to a future in which we wear our computers.
Researchers are using emerging research and new technology to individually tailor the fight against serious illnesses.
The School of Education offers useful services and the nation's first online master's program in Health Promotion.
Pamplin College has launched a fast-track program to address a business-Ph.D faculty shortage in finance and marketing.