Chemical Engineering Newsletter, 2020
Greetings from Blacksburg, and welcome to our electronic newsletter! The past 12 months have been another productive year for the department, even with the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus virus. In mid-March we moved to 100% on-line delivery of courses and shut down our research labs. By mid-June we began to reopen our research labs with strict mask, disinfection and social distancing policies in place. We have operated since then without any incidence of infection in our labs. Fall classes began on August 24th with a mix of face-to-face, hybrid and on-line instruction. I have been pleased with the classroom arrangements and the student’s cooperation in abiding by the mask and social distancing requirements in place on campus. How these measures translate to the larger off-campus community will likely determine how the fall semester progresses. The situation is being closely monitored by the university and local health officials.