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Building construction and engineering researchers create virtual worksites, allowing students to gain ‘hands-on’ skills

Construction is literally a hands-on business where profit-loss margins are squeaky-tight. The training of new workers requires time and labor, and materials like wood, cement, and rebar are too expensive for the “play” essential for learning new skills. Unfortunately, the consequences of mistakes on a construction worksite might be measured in the loss of limbs, Read more…

Hesham Rakha named 2020 IEEE Fellow

Hesham Ahmed Rakha, the Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor of Engineering, from Blacksburg, Virginia, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to optimization, modeling and assessment of transportation systems. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person Read more…

Jesus de la Garza honored with emeritus status

Jesus de la Garza, former professor in the Charles Edward Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of Vecellio Professor Emeritus of Construction Engineering and Management by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The emeritus title may be conferred on retired Read more…

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