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BioBuild Fellow leads student team to win 2019 SDDC

Teams competing in the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge develop creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. From originally more than 80 entries, 48 teams were invited as finalists in 6 divisions to attend the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Weekend. In the end, 45 teams presented their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors, compared their projects to those of other teams, learned from presentations by thought leaders and collegiate peers, and engaged with a variety of organizations about energy careers.

BioBuild Program Hosts the First BioBuild Symposium

Blacksburg, VA - April 26th, 2018 - BioBuild faculty and fellows hosted the first BioBuild symposium "Building with Nature" at the Holtzman alumni center at Virginia Tech. The event expanded on the main principles of BioBuild which are exploring building systems and biological systems synergistically to discover innovative connections between these two fields.

BioBuild Fellows and Faculty Inspire Middle School Students in IMAGINATION Program

Water, Biota, and the Built Environment

Fellows and faculty in the BioBuild program offered a half-day program for middle school students on July 10th and July 12th as part of the College of Engineering's IMAGINATION program. IMAGINATION is one of several summer programs sponsored by the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED), which provides a hands-on science and engineering summer day camp for rising 7th and 8th graders.

Fellow Qi Ryan Wang Accepts Postdoc at Harvard University

PhD Candidate Qi Ryan Wang recently accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position at Harvard University. He will be working on the Big Data and Cities project as part of the MacArthur Foundation Initiative “Neighborhood, Social Organization, and the Future of the City.” The postdoctoral position also entails interacting with researchers of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), which facilitates original, policy-relevant research with partners across Harvard and greater Boston. The appointment will start in May, 2015. Congratulations Ryan!

BioBuild Fellows Participate in New Course

Current BioBuild Fellows are taking a new interdisciplinary course offered through the Graduate School: Discovering Synergies in Biology and the Built Environment. The intent of this course is to bring graduate students from different fields together to build a common understanding of humanity’s grand challenges, to explore the parallels between biology and the built environment, and to consider the symbiosis that must exist between natural and built systems so that steps toward altering our development paradigm can be made.