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Mission, Vision, Values

As part of the strategic planning process, the College of Engineering refined a mission with strong roots in Virginia Tech's history of service and a vision to become the college of choice for today's aspiring engineers. Our core values are reflected in the way we approach instruction, collaboration, research, and engagement with internal and external stakeholders.


Anchored by our land-grant identity and the university’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), the College of Engineering educates and inspires students to be critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders. We create new knowledge, technologies, and sustainable solutions that address complex social and technical challenges.



We will be the college of choice for aspiring engineers because of our innovative, dynamic, and integrated approach to education, research, and service. Our students and alumni will be sought globally for their talent, creativity, and work ethic. The impact of our transdisciplinary research will advance the boundaries of engineering knowledge and practice. Our solutions will make a difference in the Commonwealth and the world.

Core Values

Our community supports equity and fosters respect for every individual, enabling collaboration and collegiality to permeate our classrooms, research facilities, and offices, and to extend to the broader university community. We recognize the importance of allowing every voice to be heard in a spirit of mutual respect. 

We are committed to excellence through continuous improvement in our teaching, research, service, and day-to-day operations. 

Ethics, honesty, and transparency are the foundation of all that we do. We believe in honor, discipline, and a commitment to do the right thing. 

We are tenacious and believe in the value of hard work. Through resilience, teamwork, and a supportive community, we become stronger and more agile, enabling us to adapt to future challenges and opportunities.  

As citizens, innovators, and leaders, we serve our communities, both local and global. We seek to be environmental stewards, believing that engineering for sustainability is critical for the future health of our world and its inhabitants.