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Cadets in Technical Writing and Statics Courses Collaborate on Design for Humanity Projects

Through ongoing interviews and discussions, cadets in ERH 314 learned about and translated mechanical designs developed by the mechanical engineering cadets for open-source reports accessible to engineering departments at other colleges and universities.

VMI study abroad cadets pose at the Colosseum in Rome

Engineering in Rome, Italy

One of the primary goals of this program is to give engineering cadets, who don’t often get the chance to study abroad due to their pre-requisite driven curriculum, the opportunity to develop cultural competency skills and learn to live and work in a multi-cultural, multi-national society.

VMI cadet drives vehicle built for Baja SAE competition.

Cadets Harness Skills and Academics for Competition

A team of 26 mechanical engineering cadets bring their skills to the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) vehicle design competition at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)

Expert Discusses Essential Role for Nuclear Energy

Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, D.C., recently visited the Department of Mechanical Engineering and underscored the essential role for nuclear energy.

Cadet Credits VMI Training for Quick Response in an Emergency

Excited to see family and loved ones over furlough and take a break from classes, Adam Gild '24 never expected to find himself in the middle of a life-or-death first aid situation on the side of a highway. Gild credits his VMI training for developing the mental fortitude to respond to a man in need.

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Cadet Project Could Help with Lunar Return

As a high school student, Jacob Benny ’22 had a natural talent for math, and he’d also discovered an interest in physics. But work on a project for NASA before he’d even earned a college degree? That seemed to be an out-of-this-world ambition.

Col. James Squire and Clay Penney '19 look on as their rocket prototype takes off.

Rockets, Research, and Rovers

Clay Penney '19 and Col. Jim Squire are launching into a Mars rover competition, building and testing prototypes for Penney's honors thesis.

Col. Mike Krackow and Maj. Joyce Blandino show Jamie Foster ’20 how to lunge forward onto the force plate to measure her muscular electrical impulses in Nichols Engineering Building March 6.

Study Explores Functional Movement

Research currently underway in VMI’s biomechanics laboratory could someday be used to prevent falls among the elderly.

A cadet and a researcher work with a block of aluminum.

Cadets Contribute to Defense Development at Aberdeen

Several cadets majoring in mechanical engineering have participated this year in projects designed to improve today's military.

Spencer Jefferson ’17 and Philip Jewett ’17 fit the prosthetic leg they constructed as part of their capstone project onto a volunteer subject. – VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Research Aims to Provide Affordable Prosthetics

A project underway in the mechanical engineering lab at VMI may someday help amputees in developing countries.