Virginia Tech To Showcase Northern Virginia Research

FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 3, 2003 – Virginia Tech graduate students and faculty members in Northern Virginia> will display and explain their most current research at the first Virginia Tech at Northern Virginia Research Exposition April 17 at the Northern Virginia Center in Fairfax.

"We see this as an opportunity to pull together the entire Virginia Tech community in Northern Virginia>, let everyone see what's happening in research, and promote our graduate programs," said Nicholas Stone, director of education for Tech's International Institute for Information Technology (IIIT).

The expo, which is being sponsored by IIIT and the Northern Virginia Graduate Student Assembly, will focus on research in architecture and urban studies, business administration, computer science, engineering, human resources and education, information technology, natural resources, and science and technology studies.

Graduate students and faculty members will present posters and give informal oral presentations, and there will also be a slide show giving a virtual tour of Virginia Tech laboratories in Northern Virginia.

Part of the purpose of the exposition is to pull together the diverse Tech research that takes place in Northern Virginia>, such as at the Washington-Alexandria Center of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the Alexandria Research Institute, Stone said.

It will draw the Virginia Tech community, companies that already sponsor Tech research and others from industry who do not, and Tech graduate students who work in Northern Virginia.

The event starts at 3 p.m. in Room 214 of the Northern Virginia Center with some opening remarks and presentations that will last until 5 p.m. There will then be an open house from 5 to 9 p.m.

The expo is free and open to the public.