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Video: 2015 halftime spot (We Are The Future)

It’s about more than just a thousand steps. It’s about going all-in. Learn more about the scenes featured in this year's Virginia Tech football halftime spot.


    Two women work in lab coats in an anatomy lab.

The recently renovated Multi-Disciplinary Laboratory at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech features enhanced facilities to accommodate hands-on, team-oriented learning. First-year veterinary students learn basic structural and functional anatomy of the major domestic species of animals and the evolution of their anatomical form. The space features modern learning technology, including cameras and audio-visual equipment, and an extensive collection of skeletal specimens.


    A student works in an architecture lab.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is composed of four highly competitive schools in architecture and design, construction and civil engineering, public and international affairs, and visual arts. Focused on learning that helps students design and build the future, the college is committed to programs that advance concepts in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. 


    Wu Feng, professor

Virginia Tech was pleased to be featured in a series of television and Internet advertisements for Microsoft Corp. this year featuring Wu Feng, a professor in the College of Engineering. The commercial highlights Feng’s collaboration with medical researchers at Virginia Tech and other research centers with such programs as Computing in the Cloud. It aired across North America and Europe as part of the company’s global advertising campaign.


    Robot ESCHER

Virginia Tech continues to be a leader in robotics research, leading the way in finding innovative solutions to complex technological problems. Two university-affiliated robots, including ESCHER (pictured), competed this year in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, an effort started by the U.S. Department of Defense’s research unit to build prototype robots to respond to possible catastrophic events. Another robot, built by students, was built in partnership with the U.S. Navy to assist sailors in safely fighting fires. By developing new technologies that could one day save lives, Virginia Tech engineers are advancing the university's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).


    A student holds a turtle.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment prepares the future generation of leaders to deal with the complex natural resources issues facing our planet. Faculty lead transformational research that complements the classroom experience and impacts communities around the world on issues of sustainability, natural resources management, and the environment.


    A drone flies, operated remotely.

The Unmanned Systems Lab, part of the College of Engineering, brings together researchers from diverse specialities to study the next generation of automated vehicles, robots, communications, and more. Virginia Tech is also home to the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, an FAA-approved partnership among three coastal research universities to pioneer the field of drones.


    Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory

Virginia Tech's Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, focuses on understanding the cardiovascular and metabolic consequences of aging and obesity, while designing and testing interventions which could reverse or improve those effects. The lab includes dedicated facilities for conducting research in a variety of areas, as well as for providing educational and training opportunities.



Sitting at the intersection of art, design, engineering, and science is the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, featuring a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art theater and high-tech laboratory called The Cube. Using 3-D augmented reality technology, the facility is a highly adaptable space for research and experimentation in big data exploration, immersive environments, intimate performances, audio and visual installations, and experiential investigations of all types.


    Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech

The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech presents renowned artists from around the globe and from close to home, with a special focus on connecting our communities to artists through experiences that will expand cultural awareness and deepen understanding. Dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement, the center operates with the premise that engagement with the arts can transform lives and improve the human experience.


    Surgery lab

The surgical suite at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech is a state-of-the-art facility which allows for clinical faculty to supervise and train veterinary students in superior patient care through a low-cost community spay/neuter program. The 7,400-square-foot surgical space includes a dedicated small animal patient ward, an induction and patient prep area, a surgeons scrub area, and automatic doors that open into an expansive modern sterile surgical suite.


    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, VTTI

Following a U.S. Department of Transportation call to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute was tapped to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway. The Virginia Tech institute has been building connected-vehicle technology since 2001. The hope is to improve highway safety, prevent crashes, and help alleviate congestion, among other potential benefits.


    Torgersen Bridge

Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities, and believes strongly in student success, devoting resources to help students achieve their full potential. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students. Pictured is the Torgersen Hall electronic reading room, which spans Alumni Mall in the heart of campus.


    The Corps of Cadets marches in front of Burruss Hall.

A significant part of the university since its establishment in 1872, the Corps of Cadets has evolved into a world-class leader development program that still understands that at the root of great leaders is great character. More than classroom work, the Corps is a 24-7, four-year, in-residence, practical, ethical, leader development community.


    Burruss Hall is framed by trees as students walk on the Drillfield.
Named for Virginia Tech's eighth president, Burruss Hall is the main administration building in Blacksburg and a focal point of campus. It contains a 3,003-seat auditorium, a venue where major events such as commencement, presidential speeches, concerts, and arts shows are held. The building also houses interior design and landscape architecture offices, studios, and classrooms for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.