2020 Graduate Recruiting Weekend

AOE graduate recruiting weekend

The AOE department will host its annual Graduate Recruiting Weekend on February 14-16, 2020.  Select candidates will be invited to visit the Blacksburg campus and meet with faculty in their areas of interest and research.  

Our goal is to offer you an in-depth look at our graduate program, introduce you to faculty and tour our facilities, and get a "snapshot" of life in Blacksburg. You will also have time for candid discussions with our current graduate students, and learn why they chose to study at Virginia Tech.

Throughout the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Tour labs and research facilities
  • Hold one-on-one meetings with AOE faculty of your selection
  • Meet current AOE graduate students
  • Network with other prospective graduate students
  • Explore Blacksburg
  • Secure departmental funding

Travel & Lodging

Once you have been invited, you'll need to start making your travel arrangements right away. 

  • Students will book their own flight and will be reimbursed up to $750 (Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is closest airport)
  • Accomodations at Blacksburg hotels will be provided
  • Airport-to-campus shuttle service will be arranged by the department
  • Meals include dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday

What to Bring

  • The weather in Blacksburg in February can be cold and wintry. Check the forecast and bring hats, gloves, a heavy coat and boots if necessary.
  • Business casual clothes are appropriate for all visit activities. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Tentative Schedule of Events


8:30 am-4:00 pm       Students Arrive from Airport

4:00 pm                       Check-In at Hotels

4:30 pm                        Meet to Depart for Goodwin Hall

5:00-7:00 pm               Welcome & Faculty Introductions

7:00 pm                        Pizza and Current Student Poster Session

8:30 pm                        Return to Hotels


6:45-7:45 am              Continental Breakfast at Hotel

7:45 am                        Meet in Lobby to Depart for Space@VT

8:00-8:45 am             Space@VT Facility Tour

9:00-9:30 am             Advanced Propulsion & Power Laboratory Tour

9:30-9:45 am             Return to Campus

9:45 am-12:00 pm    Randolph Hall Laboratory Tours

Nonlinear Systems Laboratory
Marine Autonomy and Robotics Laboratory
Autonomous Systems Laboratory
Hydro-Elasticity Laboratory
Cavitation, Propulsion and Multiphase Flows Laboratory
Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel
Aerospace Structures and Materials Laboratory
Experimental Aeroacoustics Laboratory
Virginia Tech Towing Tank

12:00-1:00 pm               Lunch

1:00-5:30 pm                Individual Meetings with Faculty

6:00 pm                         Meet in Lobby to Depart for Dinner

6:30 pm                         Dinner at the Farmhouse, Christiansburg


8:00-9:00 am               Continental Breakfast at Hotel

9:00-9:30 am                Weekend Wrap-up Meeting, Hyatt Place Blacksburg

10:00 am                        Begin to Depart for Airport

NOTE: A final detailed schedule for the entire weekend will be emailed to you prior to your visit. Please let us know if you require special accomodations or have any dietary restrictions.