Virginia Tech College of Engineering

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Virginia Tech
College of Engineering
Motto Ut Prosim (Latin)
Motto in English
That I May Serve
Type Public engineering school
Established 1903[1]
Dean Dr. G. Don Taylor, Jr. (interim)
Academic staff
Students 10,059
Undergraduates 7,802
Postgraduates 2,257
Location Arlington
Falls Church
Hampton Roads
, Virginia, U.S.
Total Alumni Nearly 60,000 [3]
Colors Chicago maroon and Burnt orange[4]          
Affiliations Virginia Tech
Torgersen Hall hosts many of Virginia Tech's engineering resources

The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is the academic unit that manages engineering research and education at Virginia Tech. The College can trace its origins to 1872, and was formally established in 1903. Today, The College of Engineering has 14 departments of study. Its undergraduate program was ranked 14th and its graduate program was ranked 30th among doctoral-granting universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.[5] In 2014-15, the College of Engineering consisted of 10,059 students.[6] The interim dean is Dr. G. Don Taylor, Jr., replacing Dr. Richard Benson, who left in 2016 to become president of the University of Texas at Dallas.[7]


Engineering courses have been available since the inception of Virginia Tech in 1872 when a student could follow the "Mechanical" course of study which included mechanical drawing, mechanical engineering, machinery, and steam engines. When the first administrative instructional divisions were established in 1903-04, engineering was one of four academic departments for which a dean was appointed. In 1920-21, it became the School of Engineering and then, in 1964, the College of Engineering.[8]


  • Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Education
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining and Minerals Engineering
  • Myers-Lawson School of Construction
  • School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences

Undergraduate programs

The Department of Engineering Education is home to all first-year and transfer engineering students.[9]

U.S. News & World Report Undergrad Engineering Ranking[10]
Undergraduate Public 7
Undergraduate Overall 14
Engineering Science and Mechanics 4
Industrial and Systems Engineering 5


Virginia Tech has a highly reputed undergraduate engineering school and is one of a handful of core recruiting schools for some of the world's most selective firms. Listed below are rankings by the U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate programs:

  • The overall Undergraduate Program ranks No. 14 overall and No. 7 among the public institutions according to U.S. News & World Report.[11]
  • Undergraduate Engineering Science and Mechanics programs ranked No. 4 overall.[12]
  • Undergraduate Industrial and Systems Engineering programs ranked No. 5 overall.[12]

Graduate programs

U.S. News & World Report Graduate Engineering Ranking[10]
Graduate Public 11
Graduate Overall 21
Biological / Agricultural Engineering 7
Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering 7
Civil Engineering 9
Environmental / Environmental Health Engineering 10
Online Graduate Engineering Program 15
Master in Information Technology 2
The Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Virginia Tech College of Engineering Graduate Students may choose from 16 Doctoral and 19 Masters programs available in 17 areas of study.[13]


Virginia Tech has a highly reputed Graduate Engineering Programs and is one of a handful of core recruiting schools for some of the world's most selective firms. Listed below are rankings by the U.S. News & World Report for the graduate programs:

  • The Graduate program ranks No. 21 overall and No. 11 among the public institutions according to U.S. News & World Report.[14]
  • The Graduate Biological / Agricultural Engineering programs ranked No. 7 overall.[14]
  • The Graduate Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering programs ranked No. 7 overall.[14]
  • The Graduate Civil Engineering programs ranked No. 9 overall.[14]
  • The Online Graduate Engineering Programs ranked No. 15 overall.[15]
  • The Graduate Computer Engineering Program ranked No. 17 overall.[16]

Master of Information Technology Program

The Graduate Program in Information Technology (VT-MIT) is a combined degree program offered collaboratively by Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, and the Pamplin College of Business. Virginia Tech’s Master of Information Technology program was created in 2000 to meet needs of students. The program puts the student in touch with the latest developments in information technology, and the student body is highly accomplished and diverse. The program provides courses that are interdisciplinary, online, and currently has over 420 students enrolled in the United States and several other countries.[17] The College of Engineering and the Pamplin College of Business jointly deliver the master of information technology program, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[18]

Courses in the program are taught by a dedicated group of senior level faculty using a state of the art technology where students from several states in the United States, along with those from many foreign nations participate online in this program. In 2014 the U.S. News & World Report ranked this program 2nd overall. 30 credits hours of coursework are required for the degree. Each student selects must complete three modules, for a total of 18 credit-hours, as well at the 12 credit-hour block of foundation courses in Java, Software Engineering, Computer Systems fundamentals, and Strategic IT Leadership. The program is an innovative blend of coursework in seven related IT modules: Health Information Systems, Software Development, Information Security, Business Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Networking, and Telecommunications.[19] Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, essays, letters of recommendation, a GMAT or GRE score and a TOEFL or PTE score for international applicants.[20]

MIT/MBA Dual Degree

In addition to the Master in Information Technology (M.I.T.) degree, Virginia Tech offers a joint M.I.T./M.B.A. program for students within the Virginia Tech National Capital Region. Students are able to pursue this unique dual degree in information technology and business administration via a sequential degree offering. The dual degree allows for the student to save time and requires 66 credit hours/22 courses for both degrees.[21]

Additional Locations & Online Options

Virginia Tech's National Capital Region offers engineering programs within the Washington metropolitan area.
The College of Engineering offers engineering programs within the Greater Richmond Region.

National Capital Region

In 1969 the university launched new locations within the Virginia Tech National Capital Region (NCR). These facilities serves as a hub in the Washington metropolitan area for its students and alumni. As of 2015, the NCR offers Graduate Engineering Programs in Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Applications, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.[22]

Hampton Roads

As of 2015, the Hampton Roads location offers Graduate Engineering Programs in Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.[22]

Southwest Virginia & Richmond

As of 2015, the Southwest Virginia and Richmond Locations offers Graduate Engineering Programs in Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Industrial & Systems Engineering.[22]

Online engineering degree options

As of 2015, the College of Engineering started to offer online Graduate Engineering Programs in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Sciences & Engineering, and Ocean Engineering.[22]


Virginia Tech's College of Engineering is classified as a "Research University (very high research activity)," by the Carnegie Foundation[23] and is engaged in some of the most important engineering research and cross-disciplinary research conducted in the nation. By The Numbers for the college:[24]

  • $214,485,000 was spent on engineering research in FY2013.
  • 43% of all research spending at Virginia Tech is engineering related.

Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories

Listed are the Centers and Laboratories associated with the College of Engineering:[25]

  • The Advanced Research in Information Assurance and Security
  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory
  • Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory
  • Center of Advanced Separation Technology
  • Center for Automotive Fuel Cell Systems
  • Center for Bridge Engineering
  • Center for e-Design
  • Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications
  • Center for Energy and the Global Environment
  • Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems
  • Center for Energy Systems Research
  • NEXTOR Center for Excellence in Aviation Operations Research
  • Center for Geospatial Information Technology
  • Center for Geotechnical Practice and Research
  • Center for High End Computing Systems
  • Center for High Performance Manufacturing
  • Center for Human Computer Interaction
  • Center for Injury Biomechanics
  • Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health
  • Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
  • Center for Naval Systems
  • Center for Photonics Technology
  • Center for Power Electronics Systems
  • Center for Power and Energy
  • Center for Space Science and Engineering Research
  • Center for Tire Research
  • Center for Total Maximum Daily Load and Watershed Studies
  • Center for Turbomachinery & Propulsion Research
  • Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety
  • Commonwealth Center for Aerospace & Propulsion Systems
  • Hume Center for National Security and Technology
  • Innovative Particulate Materials Laboratory
  • Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
  • Lab for Advanced Scientific Computing and Applications
  • Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute
  • Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Center for Advanced Vehicles
  • Multifunctional Integrated Circuits and Systems Group
  • National Institute of Aerospace
  • Occupational Safety and Health Research Center
  • Performance Engineering Research Lab
  • Renewable Materials Research Group
  • Rotor Dynamics Laboratory
  • Software Technologies Laboratory
  • SyNeRGY Lab
  • Technology, Open Organizing and Learning Sciences Lab
  • Vibrations and Acoustics Laboratories
  • VIPER Services Steve Southward
  • Virginia Active Combustion Control Group
  • Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems
  • Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute
  • Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research
  • Virginia Tech Center for Engineering Communications
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Alumni association

The Virginia Tech College of Engineering Alumni Association is an alumni organization for former students of the college. Students have numerous opportunities to meet corporate executives and to network with the college's alumni base, many of whom are renowned engineering leaders. In addition the college has nearly 60,000 alumni.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "College of Engineering - University Archives - Virginia Tech". 12 October 2011.
  2. ^ Locations
  3. ^ a b "Alumni".
  4. ^ "The Brand Guide: Virginia Tech Identity Standards and Style Guide" (PDF). Virginia Tech. February 2015. p. 10. Retrieved November 4, 2015. The burnt orange and Chicago maroon are the university's official colors that were adopted in 1896.
  5. ^ "Best Engineering Schools". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Factbook: Student Overview - Virginia Tech - Virginia Tech". 1 November 2015. Archived from the original on 2018-08-16. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  7. ^ "Dean Richard Benson sole finalist for University of Texas at Dallas presidency" (Press release). Virginia Tech. January 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "College of Engineering - University Archives - Virginia Tech". 12 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Undergraduate Degree Programs".
  10. ^ a b "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs Rankings". 2018.
  11. ^ "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs Rankings". 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Virginia Tech among the nation's best universities in U.S. News rankings - Virginia Tech News - Virginia Tech". 9 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Graduate Degree Programs".
  14. ^ a b c d "Virginia Tech".
  15. ^ "Rankings - Virginia Tech - Virginia Tech". 22 August 2012.
  16. ^ "US News: Login page". Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  17. ^ "Pamplin College of Business".
  18. ^ "Factbook: Measures of Excellence - Virginia Tech - Virginia Tech". 20 November 2007.
  19. ^ Eric Gilmore, Charles Layman. "Virginia Tech Online - Masters Programs: Information Technology".
  20. ^ "VT MIT: We Know I.T."
  21. ^ "VT MIT: We Know I.T."
  22. ^ a b c d "Graduate Degree Programs".
  23. ^ "Carnegie Foundation Classifications".
  24. ^ "engineering research at Virginia Tech".
  25. ^ "Institutes, Centers & Labs".

External links

  • Official website
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