University Partnerships

Virginia Tech's collaborative research projects in the U.S. in 2013

In 2013, Virginia Tech partnered in collaborative research projects at institutions in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Virginia Tech researchers participated in 307 projects as a primary collaborator, and 318 projects as a subcontracting collaborator.

Research partnerships

  • The Center for Advanced Separation Technologies - The goal of the consortium is to develop advanced technologies that can be used to produce clean solid, liquid and gaseous fuels from domestic energy resources in an efficient and environmentally acceptable manner. Member institutions are Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, University of Kentucky, University of Utah and Montana Tech. CAST website.
  • Collaborative Center on Multidisciplinary Sciences - Virginia Tech, Wright State University, and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base have formed the Collaborative Center on Multidisciplinary Sciences for the development of future aerospace vehicles (FAVs). The new center will be based at Virginia Tech. Rakesh K. Kapania, the Mitchell Professor of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech and director of the Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Center for Advanced Vehicles, heads the MADFAV. CCMS website.
  • Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program - Based at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and led by the Research Triangle Institute, the program includes researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Duke University, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, Virginia Tech, University of South Carolina, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, Beaufort, NC, U. S. Geological Survey (Raleigh, NC, office), Atmospheric Research and Analysis, Inc., and Porter Scientific Inc. DC/ERP website.
  • DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation - Pennsylvania State University is the lead institution with partners at North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech. The center is focused on developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants, from cellulose synthesis and fibril formation to a mature plant cell wall, forming a foundation for significant advancement in sustainable energy and materials. Website.
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory - As a consortium of 97 major Ph.D.-granting academic institutions, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance the scientific research and education enterprise. ORAU partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to provide members access to the world-class scientific facility. Virginia Tech has been a member since 1949 and the university's representative, Terry Herdman, is a member of the ORAU board of directors. And Virginia Tech is one of the eight universities that partners with UT-Battelle to manage ORNL. Website.
  • Wood-Based Composites Center - Virginia Tech partners with Mississippi State University, University of Maine, Oregon State University, University of Minnesota, and University of British Columbia to advance the science and technology of wood-based composite materials. Website.

National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC)

  • The Center for Advanced Forestry Systems - The center bridges top forestry research programs with industry members to solve complex, industry-wide problems. University partners are Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, University of Florida, Purdue, University of Washington, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and University of Maine. Website.
  • The Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems - The center brings together industries in a consortium to support research at Virginia Tech, Clemson University, and the University of Texas at Dallas in energy harvesting from various environmental sources such as light, temperature gradient, wind, and vibrations at nano and macro scales. Virginia Tech is the lead institution. Muhammad Hajj is the contact ( Website
  • The Wood-Based Composites Center - The center conducts materials science research to advance the science and technology of wood-based composite materials, including manufacturing process and performance of wood-based composites and adhesives. Website
  • The Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center (BWAC) – The center addresses broadband wireless access and applications, focusing on four areas: enabling sharing up to many GHz of spectrum using technological advances and enabling platforms such as spectrum trading and auctions, and millimeter wave communications; co-existence of heterogeneous devices (e.g., radar and communication systems); providing connectivity for new applications such as wireless devices in the hospitals of the future, bringing wireless into the hospital in novel ways; and improving electronic warfare technologies that address national-security issues. Website
  • Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) – The center works with its member organizations to address complex research problems in logistics and distribution. The mission is to enable member organizations to achieve logistics and distribution excellence by developing meaningful, innovative, and implementable solutions that provide a significant return on investment. Virginia Tech partners with Clemson University, the Oklahoma State University, the University of Missouri, Arizona State, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Arkansas (lead institution). Website
  • Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC) – The mission of this center is to investigate, develop, and evaluate new concepts, methods, infrastructure, and tools in reconfigurable HPC and HPEC, from building-block devices to infrastructure to applications, and advance these technologies through research and education for the benefit of center members, students, and the discipline at large. Current research thrust areas for the Virginia Tech CHREC site include accelerator research, open-source tools, HPC-GPU and cross-compilation technology. Website
  • The Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe) – The center focuses on supporting a research program in tire materials, modeling, manufacturing, and testing combined with rubber material prototyping and testing, and parallel computing and dynamic simulation capabilities. The primary goals of the center are to initiate formal partnerships with various industry partners and national laboratories that have an interest in tire technologies, and to discuss fundamental issues and topics for research. The center seeks to provide innovative solutions in four research thrust areas: materials, modeling, manufacturing, and testing. Virginia Tech is collaborating with the University of Akron, with Virginia Tech as the lead institution. Website
  • Security and Software Engineering Center (S2ERC) – This multi-university center focuses on improving the management of the software engineering process, the productivity of software engineers, and the security, quality and timeliness of software engineering products. Virginia Tech researchers increase the center's capabilities in areas such as software/system security, hardware and embedded system security, wireless network and spectrum security, enterprise and internet security, modeling and simulation of dynamic cyber systems, and cyber law, policy and business. The other two sites in this multi-university center are Ball State University (lead institution), and the Iowa State University. Website
  • I/UCRC FRP: Collaborative Research: Coexistence of Heterogeneous Secondary Networks for Shared Spectrum Access– This group of researchers focuses on the coexistence of secondary systems in the context of spectrum sharing. The research involves studying the viability of using stochastic neural networks for modeling and solving the CDM problem, and by developing novel rendezvous techniques for unicast and multicast scenarios. The group plans to integrate project findings in relevant graduate courses at their respective institutions, and will jointly organize a session on heterogeneous coexistence and spectrum sharing at the Virginia Tech annual Symposium and Wireless Summer School, which is an educational outreach event that serves the wireless industry.

Research and Degree Program Partnerships

  • National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)- Located in Hampton, Va., the consortium of universities performs research in a broad range of disciplines including air traffic systems, aviation safety, flight systems, materials and structures, space exploration, and atmospheric sciences. The institute offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of engineering and science through its university partners: Georgia Tech, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and the College of William & Mary. NIA website.
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium - The coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions represents diverse aerospace education and research. VSGC website.
  • Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences - The school is a fully joint venture between Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech, which integrates the capabilities of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Master's and doctoral degrees and undergraduate opportunities are offered and 23 research labs address issues ranging from biomedical imaging to injury prevention and regenerative medicine. SBES website.

Outreach Partnerships

  • Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program - SANREM CRSP is sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development's Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade Bureau and managed by the Office of International Research, Education, and Development at Virginia Tech. The objective is to support sustainable agriculture and natural resource management decision makers in developing countries by providing access to appropriate data, knowledge, tools, and methods of analysis; and by enhancing their capacity to make better decisions to improve livelihoods and the sustainability of natural resources. Website.