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Engineers will be called upon to find solutions for the challenges the world will face in the 21st century. These articles highlight the diversity of the work which continues in the search for those solutions.

RVBA Delivers Dark Fiber To RAMP On Budget and Ahead Of Schedule
May 2017

The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) has delivered dark fiber optic broadband connectivity to the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program (RAMP) on budget and ahead of schedule.

RAMP, a regional business accelerator, is a collaboration between Roanoke city, Virginia Western Community College, and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. The program will help start-up businesses grow by giving them free office space, mentors, business education and access to capital.

RAMP’s dark fiber connectivity now enables Virginia Western Community College and other tenants to access the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority’s world class fiber optic strand and conduit infrastructure while enabling end-users the flexibility to individually configure, procure, and manage their own fiber lines and data transport services.

“Dark Fiber is advantageous to growing businesses that wish to secure and invest up-front in future bandwidth capacity. As we remain committed to the economic development and technological growth of the Roanoke Valley, this partnership with RAMP makes perfect sense. We share a core commitment to maximizing the future growth potential and technological infrastructure of our region.” RVBA President and CEO Frank Smith said.

The Roanoke Broadband Authority currently serves the Roanoke Valley and selected surrounding areas and was awarded a Governor’s Technology Award for Cross-Boundary Collaboration in the fall of 2016.

“Virginia Western has collaborated with the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority to provision fiber connectivity between its main campus and the two downtown Roanoke sites at the Claude Moore Education Center and the new entrepreneur training facilities inside the RAMP building,” said Shivaji Samanta, Director of Information and Educational Technologies at Virginia Western. “The project, delivered on time and within budget, provides VWCC with dedicated connectivity to its off-campus locations at speeds limited only by the equipment at the end-points for a fixed monthly cost.”

Virginia Western Community College will begin offering courses at RAMP in the old Gill Memorial Hospital Building on Jefferson Street downtown next month.

In 2011, at the urging of several concerned citizens and local business owners, four regional municipalities (The City of Salem, The City of Roanoke, Roanoke County and The County of Botetourt) four municipalities acted to form the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA). The goal was to expand the regional broadband infrastructure and make it easier for both new and existing providers to deploy their technology across the Roanoke Valley. The RVBA was tasked with driving measurable improvements to fiber-optic Internet accessibility, affordability, reliability, and Internet speeds for the purposes of advancing the long-term economic prospects of the region.

More information is available at www.highspeedroanoke.net.



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RVBA Delivers Dark Fiber To RAMP On Budget and Ahead Of Schedule
May 2017

The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) has delivered dark fiber optic broadband connectivity to the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program (RAMP) on budget and ahead of schedule.

GORDON Paints Parking Spaces To Honor Wounded Veterans
April 2017

GORDON, a veteran-owned engineering and design firm, has established at its Chantilly Headquarters two parking spaces reserved for wounded military veterans.

Improving Public Health and Safety With Satellites
March 2017

Tracey Holloway leads a group of 13 researchers drawn together as NASA’s Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) who are trying to step outside their community of atmospheric scientists and satellite experts to…

UX Design Center Created
February 2017

A partnership between the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering and Midlothian-based AMC Technology has computer science students building user experience (better known as UX) enhancements…

Improving The Path To More Sustainable Plastics Production
January 2017

The second most-produced organic chemical in the world, propene is a key component of plastics found in consumer goods such as electronics, clothing and food packaging.

Eclipse To Give Scientists Rare Glimpse Into Ionosphere
December 2016

On August 21, 2017, darkness will fall for about three minutes as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth. It will be a busy three minutes for scientists, including George Mason University researchers…

Flexible Solar Panel Goes Where Silicon Cannot
November 2016

In the very near future, recycling light energy may be easier than recycling any other item in your house.

VCU Joins Elite Group To Represent U.S. In International Organization
October 2016

Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) da Vinci Center has been accepted as an official partner of the European Innovation Academy…

Native Americans Featured In New STEM Project
September 2016

Recently, a new project, Natives in STEM, unveiled a unique resource to encourage Native American youth to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Navy Railgun Engineer & STEM Inspires Middle Schoolers at Summer Camp
August 2016

Madeline didn’t know if she liked STEM last year but decided, “eehh, I’ll give it a shot,” and enrolled in a Navy science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Summer Academy.

Columbus Winner of Unprecedented $40 Million Smart City Challenge
July 2016

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced that Columbus, OH has been selected as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT)’s Smart City Challenge.

Navy Officials: 3D Printing To Impact Future Fleet with ‘On Demand’ Manufacturing Capability
June 2016

Is it possible to produce parts and equipment from scratch for Sailors – aboard ships and on demand?


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