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After a journey that involved a crash, a dead battery, and late-night coding sprints, a Virginia Tech engineering team took third place in the first year of an autonomous vehicle competition held by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and General Motors. Victor Tango AutoDrive was the only one of eight teams to successfully complete all three portions of the AutoDrive Challenge, held at the GM Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. The challenges were based on complex perception, navigation, and behavior...

For the past four years 16 teams from across the country have been working to turn a stock Chevy Camaro into an efficient hybrid vehicle as part of EcoCAR 3, a challenge sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors. The end of EcoCAR 3 marks the 30th year of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, going back to 1988’s Methanol Marathon. Since its inception in 1994, the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) has taken part in nine AVT competitions under the...

For graduate students, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is a rare thing with only 2,000 students nationwide receiving the award this year, including Lindsey Bass, a first year graduate student in mechanical engineering working in the lab of Christopher Williams, associate professor and John R. Jones III Faculty Fellow. The NSF graduate fellowships only allow graduate students to apply once and Williams, who received an Honorable Mention for the award as a graduate student, said Bass is the first...

Above from left: New members John Sparks, Walter O'Brien, and Keith Van Houten; Legacy members Nicholas Des Champs, John R. Jones III, Mary "Prim" Jones, and Robert Gibson; new members Michele Grieshaber, and Sarah Mayer; and Legacy member, William Wells.   On April 25 the department of mechanical engineering hosted the first-ever induction into the newly created Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering Society of Distinguished Alumni. “Working with our advisory board, we felt it was appropriate to create a society to formally recognize alumni...

Alumnus Nick Des Champs and wife Rebecca Des Champs of Las Vegas, Nevada have donated $2 million to establish a faculty chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering within Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering. Des Champs' gift creates a generous fund under the direction of Azim Eskandarian, who now holds the designation of Nicholas and Rebecca Des Champs Chair in Mechanical Engineering. "I am humbled, honored, and thankful to have received this professorship as the department head of mechanical engineering at Virginia...

Two National Science Foundation grants of approximately $1.5 million, awarded to Virginia Tech researchers, will bring robotics and technology assistance to one of the largest groups of workers in Virginia. The research goal is to combine technologies to provide physical safety and enhance quality of life for Virginia farmers. The first project partners with industry to use robotics to aid farmers with mobility impairments. The Partnership for Innovation grant is a collaborative effort between Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and the...