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Multidisciplinary centers & labs

A Ph.D. student studying how to reduce the noise blast volume of jet engines.
Former doctoral student Tobias Ecker (Ph.D. ’15) worked with Associate Professor Todd Lowe to develop methods to reduce the noise blast volume of jet engines.

Many programs and collaborations within the Virginia Tech College of Engineering intersect with the expertise and goals of aerospace and ocean engineering. Our faculty and students work with interdisciplinary teams, including:

  • Advanced Power and Propulsion Lab
    The APPL is a leading-edge facility dedicated to the study of jet propulsion and the internal design of jet engines.
  • Center for Research and Engineering in Aero/Hydrodynamic Technologies
    CREATe seeks to exploit the synergy between scientific advances in aerodynamics and acoustics, and engineering advances in renewable energy.
  • Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence
    A strategic university partnership, the Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence is  working on fundamental research initiatives that support the design and development of advanced gas turbine engine propulsion and composite materials.
  • Rolls-Royce University Technology Center
    This is a multi-university partnership that works to advance aerospace technologies critical to Rolls-Royce. At Virginia Tech, the UTC specializes in advanced systems diagnostics, flow modeling, and power electronics.

  • Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology
    The Hume Center leads Virginia Tech's research, education, and outreach programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity and autonomy in the context of national and homeland security.

  • The Center for Space Science and Engineering Research at Virginia Tech
    Space@VT studies the influence of the Sun on the Earth and the flow of energy through the geospace system. The center has leadership roles in numerous collaborative experiments in ground- and space-based, in situ, and remote sensing of Earths atmosphere and the geospace environment.
  • VT Airworthiness Center
    Virginia Tech has established an Airworthiness Center as a long-term collaborative partnership with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and its Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).