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Instrumentation expands capabilities

The new high-speed camera system is part of a second phase in building optical flow measurement capabilities at the Center for Research and Engineering in Aero/Hydrodynamic Technology.

Graduate students inside the test section of the Stability Wind Tunnel
Graduate students shine lasers through airflows and capture the results on high-speed video inside the test section of the Stability Wind Tunnel. Comparing each frame, the team can see how particles in the flow move and behave and determine their velocity, flow speed, and direction. Photo by Ray Meese for Virginia Tech

Get in the Flow

Some of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century include airplanes, spacecraft, computers and the internet. Complex issues such as sustainability, health and the security of the world are expected to be the top challenges for future generations.

Aerospace and ocean engineers will play a vital role in reimaginging the way education and technology can work together as a force of good in the world.

A unique blend of aerospace and ocean engineering systems

Rock-Sat-X rocket launches at NASA Wallops Flight Facility

AOE undergraduate students embark upon a rigorous course of study and research, which grounds them in the fundamentals of aerospace and ocean engineering while launching them into aeronautics, astronautics, and hydronautics careers.

Student researchers engage in fundamental and applied plasma physics experiments using AOE’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the plasma vacuum chamber.

Graduate studies in aerospace and ocean engineering allow students to immerse themselves in an area of research, hone their design and analysis skills, explore applications, and make an impact on the field and on society.

Flow visualization in the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel—one of the nation’s largest university-operated wind tunnels with maximum speeds of 80 meters per second. The Stability Tunnel is a leading research facility for aeroacoustics and aerodynamics.

Our faculty and students are investigating, designing, and manufacturing technologies to move boldly and safely through spaces both well traveled and unexplored. They are rising to—and meeting—today's aerospace and ocean engineering challenges.

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