Virginia Tech’s Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering is one of the better aerospace engineering schools. According to the college website, it is ranked among the top ten aerospace engineering schools in the world by two international organizations. The department offers a B.S degree in both Aerospace and Ocean engineering. In addition, students may choose to combine both as a double major.

The graduate program offers a Master of Science (M.S) degree in Aerospace Engineering. You can choose between a thesis stream or a non-thesis stream.
Prospective students can also opt for a non-thesis Master of Engineering (M.Eng) program.

International students should furnish evidence of adequate funds for their first year of study at the university before the required I-20 immigration form can be issued by the university.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Fluid dynamic experience of turbulent and vortical flows
  • Aircraft guidance
  • Control
  • Handling quality
  • Hpilot modeling
  • Multi-disciplinary design of adv.

Vehicles; High-speed flow simulations and experiments; Comp. structural mech. & aeroelasticity of comp. materials


With the advancement of technology, a better understanding of human anatomy, engineering techniques are used for better care of patients. Virginia Tech's biomedical engineering is at the forefront of using cutting-edge technologies.
Virginia Tech offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S).

Apart from undergraduate courses, Master of Science (M.S) in Biomedical engineering, D.V.M./Ph.D. (Virginia Tech campus only), M.D./Ph.D. (Wake Forest University campus only) MBA/Ph.D. (Wake Forest University campus only), accelerated undergraduate/graduate option (Virginia Tech students only), and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering are also offered.

The Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) is a unique multidisciplinary program that bridges the biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, and real-world applications to enhance the quality of life.

This unique program offers graduate students to earn their degrees in any of the two locations. Students can study in either the Virginia tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Virginia or at Winston-Salem, Carolina where Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is located.

Area of Expertise: 

  • Computer-aided Design
  • Tissue engineering
  • Imaging Science
  • Injury Biomechanics
  • Crash Safety
  • Bioheat Transfer

Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is renowned for offering high-quality education in Chemical Engineering.

Areas of expertise of the department include:

  • colloids and interfaces
  • biomedical engineering
  • process design, and systems engineering
  • supercritical fluids
  • polymer science and engineering
  • catalysis and surface science membranes
  • advanced separation techniques.

The School offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Chemical Engineering and also an MEng (Project & Report), MEng (non-thesis) and MS (thesis) in the graduate stream.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Polymers and polymer processing
  • Environmentally conscious chemical processing
  • Polymer structure-property relationships
  • Catalyst and surface science
  • Biotechnology


The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering’s Civil Engineering program was ranked 9th overall and 7th for Civil Engineering in the US News.
The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

This program covers the entire spectrum of the civil engineering profession including fields like Structural Engineering & Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Land Development, Transportation Infrastructure & Systems Engineering, Construction Engineering & Management, and Environmental & Water Resources Engineering.

The program may lay emphasis on any of the major areas of Civil Engineering

  • materials
  • structures
  • construction
  • environmental
  • water resources
  • geotechnical
  • transportation-or some combination of these.

The M.S. Degree can opt with a research orientation (through the preparation of a thesis), or it can be completed through a non-thesis path. The non-thesis includes more extensive coursework and may also include a report and project. The department offers a Ph.D. program in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers the following graduate programs in Environmental Engineering - MS in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. 
The MS ENE degree may be taken either as coursework only or with the permission of the faculty may incorporate a research thesis.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering
  • Structural design using advanced civil eng. Materials
  • Construction operations and processes
  • Construction theory and applications
  • Design and management of constructed facilities
  • Transportation and infrastructure planning/management
  • Environmental and water resources engineering

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Computer Science.

The college provides a 4-year Bachelor of Science (B.S). Students can choose from a wide range of advanced topics and application areas including:

  • animation
  • artificial intelligence
  • bioinformatics
  • database
  • graphics
  • human-computer interaction
  • multimedia
  • networking
  • parallel computation
  • software engineering.

The department also offers a 5-year combined B.S./M.S. To complete a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years, the college permits students with at least a 3.5 GPA to apply for admission to the Graduate School after the completion of seventy-five hours of undergraduate study.

The M.S degree in Computer Science is completed through either the thesis or the coursework option. The Ph.D. program is intended to be completed in about five years from entering the graduate program with a BS degree in Computer Science or a related field. The student can also complete the Ph.D. program in four years if the student already has an MS degree in Computer Science or a related field.

Areas of Expertise:

  • High-performance computing
  • Software engineering
  • Algorithms
  • Computer-aided education
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Grid computing


The Harry Lynde Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate degree programs leading to Master of Engineering (M.Eng), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in electrical engineering.

The Master’s program has two options - thesis and non-thesis.

The thesis option is encouraged for most students — particularly for all students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree. The ECE graduate program offers Masters of Engineering (MEng) degrees in Electrical Engineering (EE) at the Washington DC area campus. The BS degree in Electrical Engineering, which is an undergraduate offering of the department, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Areas of Expertise: Power systems; Fiber & electro-optics; Computer systems design; Wireless communication; Electronics


Both the undergraduate and graduate programs of The Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering are regularly included in U.S. News & World Report's annual listing of the Top 10 Industrial and Systems Engineering Departments in the nation. The undergraduate program is ranked #6, and the graduate program is #4 for 2020.

The Undergraduate School is a top-ranked department, offering a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (BSISE). It is one of the best known and highest-rated ISE programs in the United States. The Department offers required and elective courses encompassing the breadth of the industrial engineering discipline: human factors engineering and ergonomics, operations research, manufacturing systems, and management system.
The Graduate department offers a variety of majors you can graduate in.

It offers:

  • M.E.A.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • M.Eng. in General Industrial Engineering
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Management Systems Engineering
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Systems Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Management systems: performance measurement, etc.; Human factors: auditory systems, displays/controls, etc.; Systems engineering: Life-cycle process, reliability, etc.; Manufacturing: Ind. automation, manuf. Processes, etc.; Operations research: Mathematical modeling and analysis

Material Science

Materials Engineering is about designing, processing, testing and discovering materials mainly solids. It involves analyzing the structure and properties of objects.Virginia Tech offers a four-year B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering. Similar to all engineering subjects, all students enter the MSE Department following the completion of their first-year studies within the College of Engineering, as administered by the Department of Engineering Education (EngE).

The Graduate School offers a Master of Science (M. S), a Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) and a Ph.D. program

The M.S. degree requires a thesis. Students with an interest in applied research and development should consider this degree option. The M.Eng. is a non-thesis degree which is obtained through coursework and a project focusing on a critical literature review or industry problem.

The Ph.D. degree is intended for exceptional students who have a strong interest in scholarship and a desire to do independent research. A master's degree is neither a requirement nor a prerequisite for students to apply for a Ph.D. program. However, a majority of Ph.D. students fulfill the requirements for a master's degree while working toward the Ph.D. degree.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Subsurface environmental engineering
  • Mineral processing and coal preparation
  • Systems analysis and equipment evaluation
  • Materials fabrication, processing, & char
  • Techniques
  • Electronic
  • Optical
  • Semiconducting materials
  • Polymers and polymer-based composite materials
  • Environmental
  • Health safety
  • Rock mechanics and ground control
  • Ceramics and ceramic-matrix composite materials
  • Metal and metal-matrix composite materials


Mechanical engineering is the broadest of engineering professions. Mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of technical areas and are employed in a range of job functions.

Specialty areas within the mechanical engineering discipline include, among many others, acoustics, biomechanics, CAD, controls, energy conversion and energy management, HVAC, materials, mechanical design, mechatronics, nuclear engineering, robotics and automation, and turbomachinery.

Virginia Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). The B.S. program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Graduate students can acquire a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. (MSME), Master of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in Mechanical Engineering.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Materials
  • Material behavior & app.,
  • Intelligent material
  • Acoustics
  • Structural acoustics
  • Active acoustic cont.
  • Vibration
  • Control
  • Dynamics
  • Fluid and thermal systems
  • Tribology
  • Energy systems
  • Urbo mac
  • Analysis & design of mechanical devices & systems
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