The Center for Space Science and Engineering Research at Virginia Tech (Space@VT) currently has approximately fifty highly capable faculty, staff, and graduate students working in a broad spectrum of space science and engineering fields.
The faculty are internationally renowned for their contributions and the students are amongst the best in the world. Fundamental investigations of the physics and chemistry of the near-earth space environment, the impact of this environment on modern technologies, and exploitation of this environment with modern technology serve as the core agenda of the group. Both ground-based and space-based investigations are a focus of ongoing studies. Advanced computational modeling with high performance computing HPC resources are also critical to advancing the current agendas. Technological studies include spacecraft communication and navigation systems as well as spacecraft propulsion, dynamics and control.
A vigorous research agenda, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, broad academic training opportunities within the University, and a highly collegial environment make Space@VT an outstanding choice for graduate students as well as for research collaborations.
Space@VT will continue to pursue the most talented individuals to advance the mission of the organization.
Dr. Wayne A. Scales
Professor and Director of Space @ Virginia Tech
The Center for Space Science and Engineering (Space@VT) comprises a group of faculty, students and staff devoted to the investigation of the space environment. We presently include members from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. The Center resides in the College of Engineering.
Our mission is to provide forefront research, instruction, and educational outreach in the fields of space science and engineering utilizing a holistic approach of theoretical modeling, advanced simulation techniques, space system and instrument design, and experimental data acquisition, analysis and interpretation.
To learn more, we invite you to explore the other links within the Space@VT web site. If you have comments or require additional information, please feel free to contact the center Director, Professor Wayne Scales (email@example.com) or Co-Director Professor Robert Clauer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our center administrator, Debbie Collins (email@example.com).
Who We Are
The Center for Space Science and Engineering Research at Virginia Tech (Space@VT) was officially founded during the summer of 2007 within the Virginia Tech College of Engineering which is the state of Virginia’s premiere engineering college.
Space@VT is an interdisciplinary research center currently with 8 faculty members, all of which have international reputation in the fields of space science and engineering. Academic appointments of Space@VT faculty members currently lie in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering.
Space@VT members also include a host of prominent research professors, postdoctoral research associates, graduate, and undergraduate students.
What We Do
The Center for Space Science and Engineering Research at Virginia Tech (Space@VT) has broad interestes and expertise in the fields of space science and engineering. Research focuses include upper atmospheric science, sun-earth connections, space instrument design, space mission design, remote sensing, magnetospheric and ionospheric physics, ground-based instrument design, ground-based space weather studies, Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS receivers and space weather applications, computational space plasma physics, active space experiments, spacecraft dynamics and control, spacecraft design, spacecraft environmental interactions, and advanced space propulsion systems. Sponsors of Space@VT research include the National Science Foundation NSF, NASA, the Department of Defense DoD, national research laboratories, as well as private corporations.
The mission of Space@VT is to provide forefront research, scholarship, instruction, and educational outreach in the broad fields of space science and engineering. A key focus of the research and educational effort will be the science, technological impact, and utilization of the geo-space environment. Space@VT efforts will also focus on other planetary-space environments as future scientific and engineering interests and opportunities in this direction emerge.
Space@VT strives to utilize a holistic approach to space research and space mission development by combining theory, modeling, observation and education that employ advanced computational techniques, space instrument and space systems development, ground-based instrument development, and experimental data acquisition, analysis and interpretation within a research program that fully involves graduate and undergraduate students.
Space@VT focuses on both graduate and undergraduate education in the broad fields of space science and engineering. Space@VT prepares students to become leaders in their chosen fields whether they are in the private, government, or academic sectors. Space@VT educates University students to make important contributions to society as a whole. Space@VT also strives to work with secondary school students to increase their understanding and appreciation of science and engineering with an objective of increasing their desire to take science and engineering as a career path.
Space@VT works towards engaging underrepresented groups in science and engineering in general and space science and engineering in particular. This engagement includes providing research and educational opportunities and experiences for middle school, high school, and college level underrepresented students. Space@VT also develops joint research and educational ventures with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
The vision of Space@VT is to be a premiere space research organization of international caliber advancing the broad research, educational, and outreach mission of Virginia Tech.