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Kristopher Rawls serves as National Vice President for the Society of Black Engineers – taking his impact and leadership beyond UVA. (Read more)
Lia Cattaneo (2015 national Truman Scholarship recipient) envisions a world without climate change. Her experience and research at UVA is helping us get there. (Read more)
Graduate student Ayodeji Bode-Oke and Associate Professor Haibo Dong are studying flight patterns of hummingbirds and dragonflies in order to create small and maneuverable air vehicles that to reach where humans cannot – and save lives. (Read more)