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Thursday, April 1st

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    Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program

    Overview of the biomedical engineering undergraduate program. Presented by Dr. Sara Arena

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    Unbiased Subdata Selection for Fair Classification: A Unified Framework and Scalable Algorithms

    As an important problem in modern data analytics, classification has witnessed varieties of applications from different domains. Different from conventional classification approaches, fair classification concerns the issues of unintentional biases against the sensitive features (e.g., gender, race). Due to high nonconvexity of fairness measures, existing methods are often unable to model exact fairness, which can cause inferior fair classification outcomes. This paper fills the gap by developing a novel unified framework to jointly optimize accuracy and fairness. The proposed framework is versatile and can incorporate different fairness measures studied in literature precisely as well as can be applicable to many classifiers including deep classification models. Presented by Dr. Weijun Xie

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    Hydroelasticity Lab

    The Hydroelasticity Laboratory is an experimental Fluid-Structure Interaction facility for Ocean structures in the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. The focus of this group is to understand fundamental physics of various fluid-structure interaction problems near a free surface. One important problem that is currently being studied is of slamming impacts on high-speed planing craft, those vessels which are hydrodynamically loaded. The first phase of the experiment, which is shown in the photos, is of a flexible wedge drop experiment. Measurements are taken of hydrodynamic pressure, kinematics of the structure, and strain. Another phase of the slamming experiment will be conducted in the Tow Tank facility and will allow for more degrees of freedom to be examined.


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    General Engineering - We are home to all new engineering students!

    All first-year and transfer students admitted to the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech are classified as “General Engineering” in the Department of Engineering Education. The program introduces students to the wide range of engineering majors in the College of Engineering so that students are able to make informed decisions about their educational pathways.

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    Atmospheric Chemistry

    The Atmospheric Chemistry Lab focuses on understanding our air pollution forms and transforms in the atmosphere. We focus on measuring what is in the atmosphere, how pollutants interact with natural ecosystems, and how we can design better tools and instruments for these measurements.


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    Helmet Lab

    The VT Helmet Lab is a comprehensive Injury Biomechanics Laboratory founded in 2007 with a specialty for studying brain injury and sport helmets. Since 2011, Virginia Tech researchers have been providing unbiased helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets. The helmet ratings are the culmination of over 10 years of research on head impacts in sports and identify which helmets best reduce concussion risk. This work is done as part of Virginia Tech’s service mission and is 100% independent of any funding or influence from helmet manufacturers.

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    Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel

    The Stability Wind Tunnel is a world-leading aero-acoustic facility operated by the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (AOE). The facility features a 1.85m x 1.85m test-section capable of wind speeds up to 80m/s (180mph). Its activity primarily consists in commercial testing (for aero-acoustic testing of wind turbine blade section in particular), but it also houses tests for research projects led by faculty in the College of Engineering for sponsors like NASA, the National Science Foundation, or the Office of Naval Research among others. This state-of-the-art facility is also made available for undergraduate students in the AOE and ME departments.


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    ISE Learning Factory

    The Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering's Learning Factory is an educational platform that includes traditional machining and assembly operations found in most manufacturing environments. The factory can be a perfect testbed for new technologies and the concepts related to industry 4.0.

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    Ware Lab

    The Ware Lab provides a unique learning environment for students from various majors across the university with more than 450 students, some receiving academic credit and others serving as volunteers. Participants may become involved as early as their freshman year, taking success from the classroom, to becoming members of an award-winning team, all the while learning skills transferable to the workplace. The Ware Lab is not limited to just engineering-focused majors, all majors can participate. As Virginia Tech continues to integrate collaboration between different colleges, students from every major can find their place and participate with any team within the lab. The lab is equipped with a 10,000 square foot project center complete with numerous work bays, a welding shop, a machine shop, and a computer design lab. Teams include: Formula SAE, Baja SAE, BOLT Electric Motorcycle, Human Powered Sub, HEVT, Steel Bridge, Concrete Canoe, SailBOT, Astrobotics and Design Build Fly.


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    Advanced Vehicle and Technology Research Lab

    The AVaTR lab focuses on the uses of advanced technologies in data collection, data mining, active safety, and automation to improve the interaction between humans and vehicles. Safety is primordial to our mission, but so is improving efficiency, quality-of-life, and utility of our current and future automotive fleet.

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    Autonomous Mastery Prototyping (AMP) Lab

    The Autonomous Mastery Prototyping (AMP) Lab is a lab space that gives electrical and computer engineering students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and apply what they've learned in class with fun, hands-on projects. Projects are chosen and created by the student, and are funded completely by the department!