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Virginia Tech Announces Torgersen Award Winners
May 11, 2009

Left to right: Eric Williams, chairman of the Torgersen Awards Committee and a member of the College of Engineering Graduate Student Committee; Carolyn Hampton, a master's student in biomedical engineering; Don Leo, associate dean of research and graduate studies with the College of Engineering; Michael Johnson, a master's student in biological systems engineering; and Yaoshun Jia, a master's student in electrical and computer engineering.

The Virginia Tech College of Engineering Graduate Student Committee held the Paul E. Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Awards April 4th at the Torgersen Museum in Torgersen Hall. In its 19th year, the annual competition showcases the top research performed by graduating master’s and doctoral students from the College of Engineering. The awards program was named after Paul Torgersen, dean of the College of Engineering from 1970 to 1990, and president of Virginia Tech from 1993 until 2000.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college’s 5,500 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a “hands-on, minds-on” approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 1,800 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology.

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