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Photo of VMI cadets posing in front of conference at the 2021 SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).

“SURFers” Share Research Projects

Maj. Sarah Patterson and Maj. Blain Patterson from the Department of Applied Mathematics had the privilege of accompanying 11 cadets as they presented their research on a variety of topics, ranging from identifying glycans with neural networks to women in counterterrorism.

Photo courtesy of Roanoke College Office of Communications and Marketing

TAPS—Col. D. Rae Carpenter Jr.

Col. D. Rae Carpenter Jr., former head of the physics department at VMI, passed away on May 26 at Kendal of Lexington at the age of 92.

Col. Greg Topasna shows off the new solar telescope dome installed atop Maury-Brooke Hall.

Telescope Offers a New View of the Sun

This fall, astronomy cadets will have a new tool to aid in their studies—a remotely controlled solar telescope just installed on the roof of Maury-Brooke Hall.

Col. Stacey Vargas, professor of physics/astronomy, received an award for “Innovation in Higher Education” from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council in May. – Photo courtesy of James Madison University.

Vargas Wins Technology Award for Laser Research

Col. Stacey Vargas, professor of physics and astronomy, won the Innovation in Higher Education award from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council for her research of ultra-short-pulse lasers.

Julianne Knoblett ’20, Eryn Daman ’18, and Marlene Haag ’18, each members of WiSE, look at an image taken by a telescope with Col. Daniela Topasna, professor of physics and astronomy. – VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Being WiSE to STEM Opportunities

There's a new group on post for female cadets majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Col. Greg Topasna talks astronomy with science fair participants.

‘Everybody Can Be a Scientist’

VMI professors were among those offering hands-on activities for the estimated 400 young people attending Sunday's Science Fest and Maker Faire in downtown Lexington.