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On Feb. 20, the last of a group of 56 in-service and pre-service teachers received a 3D printer as part of a 3-year $449,421 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers grant headed by Associate Professors Christopher Williams of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, and Brenda Brand, Science Education in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The final cohort was made up of pre-service students who are currently attending the master’s in...

Giving students excellent hands-on learning experiences doesn’t necessarily mean laboratories filled with the latest high-tech hardware. Starting with the Spring 2017 semester, some mechanical engineering undergraduates are carrying their labs in their backpacks thanks to the work of two faculty members who turned a grant-inspired innovation into a unique learning tool for students. In 2015, two graduate students working with Professor Tom Diller on a National Science Foundation project for hands-on learning, formulated a method to manufacture heat flux sensors far...

May 4 -- Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will be the featured speaker for the May ME Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Kelly 310. The topic will be Shape Memory Metals - Recent Advances....

  Lei Zuo, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Energy Harvesting and Mechatronics Research Lab in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the John R. Jones III Faculty Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The Jones Faculty Fellowship was established in 2006 to acknowledge and reward mid-career faculty who have shown exceptional merit in research, teaching, and/or service. Jones, a member of the Class of 1967 who earned his bachelor’s...