Three students from Virginia Tech’s Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering recently won first place in Carlson Software’s National Senior Mine Design Competition, marking the fifth straight year Virginia Tech students have placed first in the prominent mine design competition. Read more
The Associated Collegiate Press has named the Collegiate Times and two of its staffers as finalists for three of its top honors. The independent, student-run newspaper is a finalist for the Online Pacemaker award; Editor-In-Chief Zach Crizer of Midlothian, Va., a senior majoring in communications in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is a finalist for Feature Story of the Year; and Managing Editor Lindsey Brookbank of Ashburn, Va., a senior double majoring in English and communications in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is a finalist for Reporter of the Year . Read more
Members of the Auburn Eagles, a Montgomery County, Va., youth team consisting of 6- to 8-year-old boys, participated in the first helmet study of child football players. Under the supervision of Virginia Tech’s biomedical engineering faculty, the helmets of the child football players were instrumented with custom 12 accelerometer arrays that measured how a child’s head responds to impact.
Virginia Tech released today results from the first study ever to instrument child football helmets. Youth football helmets are currently designed to the same standards as adult helmets, even though little is known about how child football players impact their heads. This is the first study to investigate the head impact characteristics in youth football, and will greatly enhance the development of improved helmets specifically designed for children. Read more
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