To address the engineering challenges of future technologies, we have identified important strategic thrusts. These guide the hiring of new faculty and investment into laboratory facilities.

These thrusts, however, build upon the core competencies of aerospace and ocean engineering, and offer numerous opportunities for exciting careers that impact the nation and the world. 

These thrusts connect our research with Virginia Tech’s "Destination Areas" initiative to provide faculty and students with new tools to identify and solve complex, 21st-century problems in which Virginia Tech already has significant strengths and can take a global leadership role.