Technology Expo to show off inventions of the future from Virginia Tech and the Roanoke Valley

The Virginia Tech HybridElectric Vehicle team redesigned their vehicle in the Ware lab and won the EcoCar Challenge. The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team members are (left to right) Patrick Walsh, masters student from Richmond, Va.; John Saffran, senior from Woodbine, Md.; Lynn Gantt, graduate student from Yorktown, Va.; Brad Bowman, senior from Christiansburg, Va.; John Ely, senior from Richmond, Va.; and Andy Karpin, senior from Olean, N.Y.

The 2012 Technology Expo is coming to Roanoke. Engineers-in-training from Virginia Tech and the Roanoke Valley  will showcase their inventions at the Roanoke Civic Center on April 18. The event is free and open to the public.

Here is the press release from Virginia Tech.

ROANOKE, Va., April 5, 2012 – If you’re interested in learning how engineers-in-training from Virginia Tech and the Roanoke Valley are inventing the future, come to the 2012 Technology Expo, April 18, from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Roanoke Civic Center Special Events Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.
Students from Virginia Tech’s Joseph F. Ware Advanced Engineering Lab will demonstrate several of their inventions, including the EcoCAR developed by the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team. The Virginia Tech vehicle won the national EcoCAR Challenge in 2011.

The Ware lab exhibit also will feature a number of other award-winning creations, including autonomous aerial and underwater vehicles, the Formula SAE car, Human Powered Submarine, solar powered car, and the steel bridge.

The Virginia Western Community College BAJA Team will display its latest Mini-Baja vehicle, which is now being perfected for this year’s international competition for the student-designed all-terrain vehicles. In 2010 the Virginia Western BAJA Team finished top among community college competitors and was the top competitor among colleges and universities from Virginia.

The Science Museum of Western Virginia will exhibit several of its hands-on demonstrations, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation will display the ev-1 electric car. The expo also will host an exhibit of the Catawba Sustainability Center’s student and faculty research projects in Roanoke County.

Partners in presenting the 2012 Technology Expo are the Catawba Sustainability Center, Roanoke City Public Schools, Roanoke Civic Center, Science Museum of Western Virginia, Virginia Museum of Transportation, Virginia Tech Joseph F. Ware Advanced Engineering Lab, and Virginia Western Community College.

Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college’s 6,000 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a “hands-on, minds-on” approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 2,000 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

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