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University Receives Gift of $1 Million
September 28, 2010

In honor of Joseph H. Vipperman, a 1962 electrical engineering alumnus of Virginia Tech, and a retired executive vice president of American Electric Power (AEP), his former company is presenting a $1 million gift to Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.


American Electric Power has contributed $1 million in Joe Vipperman’s name to support the sustainable energy and clean coal technology focus areas within Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech.

Mr. Vipperman is also a former president of Appalachian Power. He served as a key member of the alumni task force that helped to develop the concept and plan for the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. With the exception of his military service, he spent his entire career with Appalachian Power and its parent company, AEP.

MR. Vipperman served as a mentor to Dan Carson, who also recently retired as vice president of Appalachian Power. Mr. Carson was instrumental in securing the funding commitment from the AEP Foundation. He is a former member of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board, and 1971 civil engineering graduate.

The AEP Foundation’s gift will support the sustainable energy and clean coal technology focus areas within the research institute. The donation will provide support for post-doctoral associates working in the fuel cell, bioenergy, and clean coal areas. It will also support the purchase of additional equipment for the research institute’s Sustainable Energy Laboratory.

Roop Mahajan, director of the research institute and the J. S. Tucker Chaired Professor of Mechanical Engineering, said the first entry on a new electronic touch screen display honoring donors will be the AEP Foundation gift. The display will be located at the institute’s main building on the Virginia Tech campus.


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