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Graduate Recruiting Weekend 2022

Join us February 18-20

We have a schedule of events lined up to give you a sense of what the Blacksburg campus is like for graduate students.

Graduate students work in the aeroacoustics lab

Welcome to the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech!

Schedule of Events:


Graduate students work closely with faculty oncutting edge research

Faculty and Research

Our faculty are innovative, highly collaborative, and global leaders. From the mechanics of space flight to autonomous subsea navigation to the behavior of drones, our graduate students work alongside faculty advisors to enrich and push the boundaries of our field. Whether through research mentoring, classroom teaching, or supportive guidance, each faculty member is committed to your success at Virginia Tech.

Beyond the scientific endeavor, you will meet other great students in a supportive and collaborative environment where we all work toward to be a positive force of change in the world.

Research Facilities

Faculty and students in the department are conducting word-class research, and we have the facilities and resources to support them. Our experimental facilities, which are equipped with advanced instrumentation and high-performance computing resources, include

  • Laboratories for experimental aeroacoustics, hydro-elasticity, and hydrodynamics
  • Laboratories for marine robotics
  • Laboratories for spacecraft design and simulation
  • Simulators for plasma and propulsion systems
  •  Simulators for space systems 
  • Subsonic, hypersonic, and supersonic wind tunnels

Advanced Propulsion and Power Laboratory

Hydroelasticity Laboratory

Kentland Experimental Aerial Systems Laboratory

Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (Space@VT)

Stability Wind Tunnel

Explore the Area

Blacksburg is a small town nestled in the New River Valley located in Southwest Virginia. There is always something to do in every season, whether it is hiking at the Cascades, visiting the Blacksburg Farmer's Market, taking in a baseball game, or simply enjoying the view. There is much to explore in the New River Valley and many opportunities to enjoy life outside of the lab.