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Faculty Inventor Spotlights

Say hello to Virginia Tech inventors who are changing the world

Finding cures, promoting national security, making mobility smart - these are just a few of the ways researchers at Virginia Tech are making an impact. For some, transitioning technologies from the lab into the marketplace through commercialization and new ventures ensures that their discoveries are able to reach patients and people who can benefit most. Here’s to those who are turning What-if into What’s Next.


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    Aaron Noble
    Aaron Noble

    Dr. Noble discovers novel ways to harvest critical minerals from industrial waste, positively impacting the environment and providing economic opportunities in disadvantaged communities.

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    Pinhas Ben-Tzvi
    Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

    Through his research, Ben-Tzvi conducts fundamental and applied research in robotics and mechatronics from robotic exoskeletons for use in rehabilitation to victim extraction robots (SAVERS) that can remove injured people from harm’s way.

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    Catherine Freed
    Catherine Freed

    A researcher and entrepreneur, Dr. Freed is building a startup based on enhancing plant phosphate uptake and use here at Virginia Tech.

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    Bo Zhang
    Bo Zhang

    Zhang, plant scientist and soybean breeder extraordinaire develops elite crop varieties adapted to the Mid-Atlantic region.

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    Jonathan Boreyko
    Jonathan Boreyko

    Boreyko's work combines biological mechanics with material science, and renewable energy to develop marketable technologies. He strives to uncover and utilize nature-inspire science.

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    John Robertson
    John Robertson

    As a renowned translational medical scientist, Robertson develops medical technologies to improve detection and treatment of cancer and organ failure diseases.

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