The jet engine company, Rolls Royce, is making good on its promise to open two, new, state of the art, aerodynamics research centers at Universities in the commonwealth. Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia will be home to the new research and development facilities designing the next generation of aircraft engines for Rolls Royce. It’s the culmination of an ongoing research relationship with the British company, which has its North American headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Rolls Royce has dozens of research centers like this around the world but just one in the U.S.
The new science building at Virginia Tech has state of the art features that set it apart from most others like it in the country. It's designed to be a test space between the ‘lab’ and the ‘marketplace’ that fosters new collaborations inside and outside the university.
The sleek main floor of the new Human and Agricultural Biosciences building opens into, a 4 story atrium that seems designed for inviting for conversations.
Genetically Engineered food has become a hot button in this country. Supporters say cross breeding plants is as old as farming itself. Opponents fear today’s high tech methods have created something that may be dangerous in the long run.
A comment period by USDA ended last week, as scientists and activists continue the debate over the idea of genetically modified crops.
There’s been a lot of attention on Drones recently. But alongside concerns about privacy and military applications, is potential job creation in Virginia as a new industry rises.
Virginia is one of seven sites selected for Drone testing research projects. That got Virginia Tech’s office of economic development thinking about what that might mean for the state if this new industry takes off. Estimates are as many as 100,000 jobs could be created, nationwide over the next ten years.