Hokies at an alumni networking event

April 6, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
City Club of Washington
555 13th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Join fellow Virginia Tech alumni and friends for a networking event immediately after the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.

Meet the Virginia Tech faculty and students who are featured at the festival and learn about their work. Plus, hear from Steve McKnight, vice president for the National Capital Region, and Cyril Clarke, executive vice president and provost.

Complimentary appetizers and an open bar will be available. Free parking validation is available if you pre-register.

This event is a partnership between the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and the College of Engineering.

About ACCelerate

The second ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival is April 5-7 at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

The festival is a celebration of creative exploration and research happening at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design (SEAD). The 2019 ACCelerate festival is programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Admission is free. Learn more.

Virginia Tech Exhibits at ACCelerate

Fog Harp is an innovation in fog harvesting technology. For decades, fog harvesters have provided essential potable water for communities in some of the driest regions on Earth. Fog Harp uses harp-like arrays of parallel wires rather than cross woven meshes to intercept fog droplets from the air. Inspired by the linear needle geometries of Sequoia Sempervirens and other fog harvesting coniferous trees, Fog Harp has demonstrated as much as a 3 fold increase in water yield compared with mesh-based fog harvesters. Learn more

Shakespeare’s Garden: An Immersive Sound Stroll is a multidisciplinary collaboration exploring the possibilities of storytelling through technology. To fully immerse visitors, the installation employs projected graphic designs of poetry mapped onto scrims, processed field recordings of nature sounds composing soundscapes of four seasons played through a spatial audio system, and recordings of Virginia Tech student actors performing Shakespearean texts played through directional spotlight speakers. Evoking a sense of wonder and discovery, the installation encourages exploration. For, while the visuals and soundscapes envelop the space, the recorded Shakespearean texts are only heard when one is standing within the “beam” of sound. The interactive nature of this project was of particular interest to the collaborators.  Learn more

Vauquois was a small French village before it became critical high ground that was fiercely contested for four years by the French and Germans during World War I, with the Americans finally taking the position during the Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918. In an area smaller than 600 feet wide and 1500 feet long, a quiet, agricultural village became a killing ground starting in the streets, moving to trenches, and finally moving underground into a network of miles of tunnels used to set over 500 mine explosions in four horrific years of continuous combat. Funded through an VT ICAT SEAD Grant, our transdisciplinary team of technologists, artists, educators, historians, engineers, computer scientists and archaeologists performed a comprehensive site survey of the Hill of Vauquois, combining ground penetrating radar, photogrammetry, and laser scanning - alongside archival work - to create a digital recreation of the above and below ground features of the craters, trenches, tunnels and galleries that allows visitors to see and explore the destroyed village of Vauquois as it has never been seen before. This interactive exhibit offers visitors a series of connected independent experiences that together will allow them to explore the compelling question: if this place could talk, what would it tell us about the nature and impact of World War I on the people, places, and environment on the Western Front in France between 1914-1918? Learn more

Various critical healthcare technologies and problems require the need for interfacing materials with biology. Specifically, the challenge of designing and manufacturing multi-functional, form-fitting interfaces with biology is a current barrier for developing next-generation ‘smart’ biomedical devices, such as those with personalized, bio-inspired, and bionic interfaces. This challenge is rooted in the fundamental difference between the geometry of engineered and biological systems. For example, while engineered systems are typically defined by ‘geometric’ shapes (e.g., triangles or circles), biology is composed of irregular ‘organic’ shapes that are associated with the natural world. Thus, solutions to this problem require holistic collaboration between engineers and designers. While many applications exist, we are focused on one critical area that disproportionately affects children – the need for personalized prostheses for amniotic band syndrome (ABS), a common type of birth defect occurring in approximately 1 in 1,000 births. Our proposed work is achieved through a combination of structured light 3D scanning, easy-to-use online computer-aided design tools, and low-cost plastic extrusion 3D printing technologies. Learn more


The City Club of Washington is located on the Concourse level of Columbia Square Building on F Street, NW, between 12 and 13th streets. The main entrance to the building (which is wheelchair accessible) is 555 13th St., adjacent to the Warner Theater.

From Pennsylvania Avenue make a left onto 13th Street. Travel One block and turn right onto E Street. Go one block to 12th Street and turn left. The Columbia Square Parking garage will be the second parking garage entrance on the left of 12th Street, between E and F Streets. It is marked “Columbia Square Parking Entrance.”

  • Park on P1 and take the elevator to C level. The City Club of Washington, D.C. is located straight off the elevator on the right-hand side.
  • Parking validation tickets will be given to guests upon check-in at the registration table.

Metro rail travelers can arrive at the Club by stopping at METRO CENTER. Exit the station through 12th and F Street exit. Arrive on street level and walk straight ahead to reach the entrance of the Columbia Square Building on the left. This is only 25-30 paces from the escalator of the Metro. This entrance to the building is NOT wheelchair accessible.


Register here.




For more information, contact Gwen Harrington at gwharrin@vt.edu.