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Hokie Arcade Engineering Design Challenge

Hokie Arcade Engineering Design Challenge

Embrace creative engineering fun this summer – with friends, children, or family! You can put your hands to work and have fun together! Inspired by Caine’s Arcade, Virginia Tech Engineering is hosting a design challenge for Hokie arcade games utilizing household items and simple hardware (similar to what’s used in the Thinkabit Lab).

Registration fees include your kit of materials, access to virtual coaching sessions with Virginia Tech Engineering students, and a gift in support of the Engineering Student Experiential Learning Fund.

More specific details will be sent to event registrants at a later date.

  • Anticipated kit mail date: July 12
  • Official challenge rules announcement: July 19
  • Challenge submission deadline: August 2
  • Virtual showcase & awards event: August 11

If you have questions please reach out to Robyn Stuart, assistant director of alumni relations, via email to or by phone at 540.232.8421.  Scholarships to cover the registration fee are available for those with financial need.



Watch the recordings of some of our best events over the past year!

Virginia Tech Engineering Dean's Town Hall

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Presented by Julia M. Ross, Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering

Listen and learn:

  • how the college has stayed committed to educating engineers ready to take on the world’s complex problems through a global pandemic
  • the college's strategic priorities and vision for the future that have provided guidance and direction over the past year

Research in Action: Engineering innovative solutions with 3D printing

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Innovative research impacts the world in many ways. From discovering a novel process to 3D print rubber to mimicking tissue for a human heart model to helping your golf game and space exploration, Christopher Williams uses 3D printing to engineer innovative solutions. One of Virginia Tech's defining strengths is gathering faculty and students across disciplines to explore and define new fields of research — which is exactly the approach Christopher embraces in his research projects.

Hear from Christopher Williams, L.S. Randolph Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, about:

  • how he leads the DREAMS Lab in utilizing novel 3D printing technologies, design tools, and materials to further industrial adoption of transformative technology
  • ways he works collaboratively across the university and beyond, involving researchers, students, and experts to tackle complex problems
  • how he led over 75 researchers and students in the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) developing innovative solutions to COVID-19 needs, creating PPE for healthcare providers and developing parts to adapt BiPap machines to be ventilators

Engineering Student Design Projects Virtual Showcase

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Virginia Tech Engineering is committed to preparing the next generation of innovative engineers to be a force for change in our communities and beyond. Engaging students in solving complex global problems through an interdisciplinary and experiential approach is a key part of their education. Across our undergraduate degree-granting programs, the college emphasizes high impact experiential learning opportunities through hands-on activities including laboratory research, entrepreneurial programs, and internships.

Being on a competition team, based in some of our undergraduate collaborative workspaces, and through senior capstone courses students are involved in design projects.  In this virtual showcase, you will hear top engineering students talk about their experiences and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.


  • Audrie Corral ’21 (Materials Science and Engineering), President, Human Powered Submarine Team
  • Yanni Kousidis ’22 (Mechanical Engineering), Junior Team Lead, BOLT Electric Motorcycle Team
  • Ben Strickler ’21 (Aerospace Engineering), Project Manager, and teammate Gwyn Schloer ’22 (Mechanical Engineering), inspireFly Satellite Team
  • Bryce Kuyper ’21 (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Team Facilitator, Cadence Manufacturing Flow and Layout Improvement


Learn more about these students’:

  • Approach to the engineering design process
  • Problem solving strategies & lessons learned
  • Use of new technologies in engineering
  • Experiences that have impacted their overall education and career journeys

Conversation with Kevin Crofton '82 (AOE) and Dean Ross

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Kevin T. Crofton ’82 (Aerospace and Ocean Engineering), CEO of The Comet Group will share his personal and professional journey. From growing up on a  farm in rural Virginia, to building SPTS Technologies into a leading supplier of semiconductor equipment, and now his current role as CEO of a global technology firm in Switzerland -- it has been quite a journey. Julia M. Ross, Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering, will interview Kevin to bring you the great stories of his adventures along the way.

  • Learn insightful lessons from Kevin’s approach to leadership in engineering
  • Be inspired by Kevin’s ongoing passion for everything Virginia Tech, from Hokie sports to the College of Engineering
  • Hear how Kevin’s own DNA made its way into space despite him never being an astronaut

Read more about Kevin: Kevin Crofton: Hokie Across The Pond | VT Stories

Tips from the Top: Leading as a Woman Engineer

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Presented by Christina Wick '98 (Computer Science), Vice President, Engineering at Harry's

Christina will share her personal career pathway and experiences leading as a woman engineer. Passionate about technology as it relates to mobile software development, she has built a career that has pushed and challenged her, honing her leadership skills every step of the way.  Throughout her career, she has built high performing teams at multiple top companies.

Learn from Christina as she shares:

  • The latest statistics about women in technology
  • Tips on navigating your own career
  • How to be an advocate for others