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For the second time in two years, Virginia Tech’s agBOT student team came home from Indiana with a first-place trophy. The 4th annual agBOT competition, hosted by Purdue University’s College of Agriculture and Gerrish Farms, was held in West Lafayette, Indiana, May 16-18. It consisted of two separate competitions: a weed and seed event and a competition to design an autonomous system that can collect, store, and prepare a soil sample for analysis. The team, made up of 35 students from mechanical...

On May 2 the second class was inducted into the Mechanical Engineering Society of Distinguished Alumni during a ceremony at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The society was created in 2018 to formally recognize alumni who demonstrated extraordinary achievement in their careers, and to promote greater interaction between alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Class of 2019 inductees are: John C. Blanton BSME, 1976; MSME, 1977; PhD, 1981 An internationally known and respected leader in the field of gas turbine design and technology, Dr. John Blanton...

Wing Ng, the Christopher C. Kraft Endowed Professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, has been named an Alumni Distinguished Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The professorship is a pre-eminent appointment, recognizing remarkable scholarship and service, as well as extraordinary teaching that has influenced the lives of generations of students. The Board of Visitors appoints Alumni Distinguished Professors on a 10-year appointment to fewer than 1 percent of university faculty to recognize outstanding contributions to the instructional program of the...

Walter F. O’Brien Jr., the J. Bernard Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, passed away July 25 surrounded by his family. O'Brien, who was born in Roanoke in 1937, received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1960 and 1968, respectively, and he earned his M.S. from Purdue University. He was a member of the Virginia Tech faculty for more than 52 years, and was the first faculty member from the department to receive a named professorship. O'Brien served as an assistant,...

A decade ago a new idea was brought into the general scientific community – shedding water from condensers was more efficient by using surface tension to make microscopic water droplets ‘jump’ off the surface. The idea took the research community by storm. “In the last decade since I discovered the jumping droplets, the debate has been using gravity versus jumping,” said Jonathan Boreyko, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. The problem was, because the jumping itself occurs independent...

Anybody who has been passed by an ambulance at high speed has experienced a physical effect called the Doppler shift: As the ambulance moves toward the listener, its motion compresses the siren's sound waves and raises the sound pitch. As the ambulance moves away from the listener, the sound waves get dilated and the pitch is lowered. A listener wearing a blindfold could use this Doppler shift pattern to track the motion of the ambulance. In a paper published by the Proceedings...