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.
The infrastructure in this country is a source of concern, as many aging roads and bridges need repair. A construction specialist at Virginia Tech is studying a seven hundred year old road in South America to see what modern engineers can learn about building roads that last.
The Inca Road runs from Ecuador to Chile; through rainforests, deserts, and over mountains. In some places it’s just a path through the woods, like you might see on the Appalachian Trail. In other places, feats of Inca engineering stand as testaments to their knowledge of construction.
It’s been nearly three years since the federal government issued legal guidelines for universities facing an epidemic of sexual misconduct on campus. This week, the of Virginia hosts the first conference of its kind – a two-day program for college presidents and other administrators struggling to understand and manage students in the age of hooking up.