Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Virginia Tech and Lowe’s have joined forces to empower Lowe’s employees. The pair have collaborated to develop an exosuit — a wearable suit with lift-assist technology — currently in pilot at Lowe’s Christiansburg, Virginia, store. The lightweight exosuit is designed to help employees lift and move product through the store more efficiently. Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the disruptive technology hub for Lowe’s, worked with robotics expert Alan Asbeck, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering who...

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ME alum David Christian inducted to College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence

Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering recently inducted five new members at its 18th annual Academy of Engineering Excellence.

The academy consists of 146 alumni who have achieved exceptional career success.
The college has more than 66,000 living engineering alumni.

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ME-led team earns spot in GM/SAE AutoDrive Challenge

Virginia Tech was selected as one of eight universities to compete in the AutoDrive Challenge, a new collegiate competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineering and General Motors.

Each team will be provided a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle as a platform to develop a fully autonomous passenger vehicle. At the end of the project, teams will compete by navigating an urban driving course in autonomous mode.

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Assistive Robotics Laboratory (ARL)

Alan Asbeck, Ph.D
Assistant Professor