DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow and nurture an innovation ecosystem in the nation’s capital, the nearby states of Maryland and Virginia, and the mid-Atlantic region. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and jointly run by the University of Maryland College Park, George Washington University, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins University. The program provides real world, hands-on training on how to successfully incorporate innovations into successful products. The ultimate goal is to create a new venture or licensing opportunity for program participants.
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)
The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is a consortium of private industry, government, and Virginia academic research institutions dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing research and innovation. As one of five academic institutions, Virginia Tech works in partnership with 29 private industry and government partners, Virginia Tech and its CCAM partners to help accelerate the translation and adoption of new manufacturing technologies into new markets. Research focus areas include: aerospace, mechanical, industrial, systems, and materials science engineering. CCAM’s primary research facilities are located in Prince George County, Virginia.
The Rolls-Royce Research and University Technology Centre (UTC)
Virginia Tech is a member of the Rolls-Royce Research and University Technology Centre (UTC) program, a global network of 31 engineering research partners. As one of only three such centre’s in the United States, the UTC program has generated numerous opportunities for Virginia Tech engineering students especially in advanced systems diagnostics research. The UTC program has also laid the groundwork for one of Virginia Tech’s premier research abroad opportunities which includes Rolls-Royce and fellow UTC member, the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. The International Research Experience for Students (IRES), funded in part by the National Science Federation, was started in 2013.
The Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel (VTSWT)
The Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel provides an internationally unique testing environment to a broad spectrum of industrial partners including key players of the global wind energy industry. The wind tunnel also serves as a focus for government sponsored research efforts in areas of aerodynamics and aeroacoustics. State of the art advances achieved through these efforts are placed directly in the hands of undergraduate students taking required laboratory courses in aerospace, ocean and mechanical engineering as well as those involved in undergraduate research. The hybrid anechoic test section, first developed at the VTSWT has been adopted by research wind tunnels worldwide.