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Business and Industry

Working with Business and Industry

Virginia Tech faculty members and research centers do millions of dollars of research for business and industry each year. A number of people and resources are available to help business and industry find the research expertise they need at Virginia Tech.

Begin a conversation:

Each college has a research dean who is familiar with research in that college and can help you connect with a faculty member doing research relevant to your interests.

Agriculture & Life Sciences
Saied Mostaghimi, Associate Dean for Research & GS, CALS

Architecture & Urban Studies
Robert Schubert, Associate Dean of Research & GS, Architecture

Office of Economic Development
John Provo, Director

Jack Lesko, Associate Dean for Research & GS, Engineering

Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Tom Ewing, Associate Dean for Research & GS, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences

Natural Resources
Thomas Olson, Assistant Dean, College of Natural Resources

Pamplin College of Business
Kent Nakamoto, Associate Dean for Research and Department Head, College of Business

Randy Heflin, Associate Dean, College of Science

Veterinary Medicine
Roger Avery, Assoc. Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Or a number of sites have been created that report research activity in specific areas:



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Industrial Affiliates Program

General information on collaborative research with industry

An overview of Virginia Tech's policies and procedures for performing research for industry is provided in Frequently Asked Questions

Sample agreements

The Office of Sponsored Programs handles contracting. Sample agreements are provided for your review. If your research involves special requirements, we will work with you to arrive at mutually agreeable terms and conditions.


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