Take a look back on some student features from this academic year. From research advances including recreating the temperature of a star and inclusive crash safety to building a rocket, a concrete canoe and an autonomous vehicle, our students have gained a wealth of experience through our programs, partnerships and competitions.  

Systems Thinking in Action: Undergraduate Research Takes On Complex Problems

The projects presented at this year’s IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium explored alternative solutions to a wide range of problems.

Where Are They Now?

A year on, Class of 2023 mechanical engineering graduate Joe Valentin has his dream job: nuclear engineer.

What’s Next for the Class of ’24 Wahoos?

Civil engineering’s Leon Crawford and computer science’s Christopher Barfield Jr. and Megan Kuo are ready for post-graduation pursuits.

Will it Fly? UVA Engineering Students Test Sabre1 Rocket

UVA students launched a monster rocket over 3,000 feet skyward. Would the launch punch their ticket to the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico this summer?

Hoo Made an Impact: Meet 4 of UVA’s Outstanding Class of ’24 Engineers

Help us congratulate these undergraduate students who were recognized for their outstanding contributions as part of the class of 2024.

Photo Finish: Concrete Canoe Crew Cements Winning Ways

See photos from the concrete canoe racing and learn more about the UVA Engineering student experience. 

The Road to Inclusive Crash Safety

Engineering Ph.D. student’s work on injury biomechanics aims to bridge the gap between male and female crash test data.

Generating Temperature Comparable to a Star — In the Lab

Mechanical and aerospace engineering researchers achieve thermal conductivity milestone.

New Undergrad Major Propels Student on a Hypersonic Path to NASA

Graduating student Morgan Small landed her dream job at NASA thanks to UVA's new undergraduate degree in materials science engineering. 

Winners Circle: Oranges Offer Appealing Solution to a Toxic Problem

Kenneth Brown, this year’s 2024 UVERS winner, investigated the potential for a non-toxic solvent made from orange peels to be used in the production of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene.

Her Path to NASA Research and Helping South America Manage Future Droughts

Jessica Besnier is collaborating with NASA climatologists to understand historical drought conditions in South America.

Graduating Engineer Took These Steps to a Career in Greener Energy

Want to land a job at an employer like Equinor? Engineer Reese Hertel first had to assess his interests and core beliefs. He then relied on UVA advisers to help him refine his focus.

She Aided the Team Taking the Bite Out of Tick-Borne Lyme Disease

Imagine a “Band-Aid” that wards off Lyme disease. With the big idea, chemical engineering grad student Tori Vigil led a team of cadets to win an international genetic engineering competition.

Their E-Cup Runneth Over: Engineering Students Win Big at Entrepreneurial Contest

Engineering entrepreneurs find competitive success — and support — in UVA’s startup community.

Cville Solar Team Powers Food Truck at UVA

Cville Solar Team powers a food truck at UVA for a day with solar-powered batteries. 

Team of UVA Engineering and Architecture Students Takes Second Place at Regional Construction Competition

UVA students get real-world experience on construction planning challenge.

Connecting and Collaborating at UVA Engineering

UVA Engineering's support and succeed model helps students collaborate, build community and achieve their goals.

Who Won HooHacks 2024? These 2 UVA Teams Are Still Glowing

Who won the state’s premier collegiate hackathon? Meet two victorious UVA teams and see the complete list of winners.   

UVA Students Earn Michael Freilich Visualization Award

UVA civil and environmental engineering Ph.D. students demonstrate the power of data visualization.

UVA Engineering–Darden Team Wins $30,000 for Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Business Plan

UVA’s Team ReLi won second place in the American-Made EnergyTech University Prize for their business plan to recycle lithium-ion batteries, reuse critical materials and reduce America’s reliance on foreign suppliers.

A Full-Resolution Display of Talent: UVA Hosts Women-in-Computing Event

Close to 250 women gathered at UVA to present and learn from each other as part of CAPWIC 2024.

Class of ’24: Working the Cyber Side of the Space Force

Computer Science major Mitchell Hong will defend the country with skills in cybersecurity and leadership learned during his time at UVA.

From Setback to Comeback: Cavalier Autonomous Racing Car Nabs Second in Major Competition

After early success then heartbreak, UVA Engineering’s autonomous racing team has roared back (almost) to the winner’s circle.

UVA Cyberdefense Squad Beats Nine Mid-Atlantic Teams for the Win

UVA’s cyberdefense team repaired systems and repelled hackers to win the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Challenge competition.

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