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Thomas Magelinski is the 2016-2017 BEAM Outstanding Senior

February 22nd, 2017

Thomas Magelinski, an engineering science and mechanics major from Fanwood, New Jersey, has been chosen as the 2016-2017 Outstanding Senior in the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics. The faculty-chosen superlative is selected from an outstanding group of graduating seniors to com[...]

Virginia Tech researcher receives CAREER Award to seek new paradigms for treating aggressive brain tumors

February 17th, 2017

Scott Verbridge, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, has received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. This is the most prestigious award given by the NSF in support of junior faculty who demonstrate the potential to effectivel[...]

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to host Brain Awareness Week

February 16th, 2017

The brain never finishes growing up. It begins to develop before birth and progresses at a ferocious pace through infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Even across a lifetime, the brain never stops changing. Scientists will reveal more about what they have learned about the brain’s devel[...]

Hard-Hitting Research: Virginia Tech research has revolutionized the sports helmet industry

February 6th, 2017

It kicked off with little more than two self-described sports nuts who had an idea, $50,000 in good-faith cash, and a cooperative future hall-of-fame college football coach. Fourteen years later, Virginia Tech research has revolutionized the sports helmet industry and is fostering safer athle[...]

Rolling snake eyes: Sharri Zamore seeks to chart the limits of reptile sight

February 6th, 2017

When Sharri Zamore rides her bike, she sometimes wears an unusual scarf. Wrapped snugly around her neck, it literally has a mind of its own. When she stops to talk to people, the scarf may give them a bit of a start. Peeking out of her jacket is not woven yarn, but a ball python. It’s a[...]

Julia Ross named dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech

January 25th, 2017

Virginia Tech has appointed Julia Ross as dean of the College of Engineering following an international search process. Ross will begin at Virginia Tech on July 31. "We are delighted to have Julia join our leadership team as the new dean of engineering," said Executive [...]

Virginia Tech microbe research featured in Scientific American

January 18th, 2017

Shane Ross and David Schmale // photo by Adam Ewing Take a deep breath. The air you’re breathing is home to tiny microbes that ride currents like molecular trapeze artists and can swing on transparent air streams for thousands of miles. That is the subject of an article published [...]

Foundation funding backs research to improve revision surgeries

January 18th, 2017

Robin Queen, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, has finished a three-year study of revision surgeries following the failure of a total ankle arthoplasty (TAA) procedure. TAA is a surgical procedure used to treat ankle arthritis, that can be caused b[...]

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists: Witnessing fear can physically change the brain

January 11th, 2017

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered that observing fear in others may change how information flows in the brain. The results of their study were published online Jan. 4, in Neuropsychopharmacology, the official publication of the American[...]

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist awarded $2.1 million to fight heart disease

January 11th, 2017

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI), has received a $2.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health for research to combat the nation’s No. 1 killer — hea[...]


Volunteer Research Opportunity

VStudents from the department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics along with Dr. Nicole Abaid are conducting a Senior Design Project titled "Controlling Crowds Through Human-Robot Interactions." The goal of this project is to study how we can use a human-robot interaction to influence the movement of a group of people. To test our study, we will be performing an interactive experiment using a mobile robot and human participants in The Cube Lab at Moss Arts Center.

We are looking for student volunteers! Students will have an opportunity to participate in university research, and gain exposure to robotics, dynamics, and motion capture analysis in a state of the art lab.