Thinkabit World of Work and Robocrafting Labs

The mission of the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region, is to serve Washington, D.C. area students, teachers, administrators, parents, and collaborators in technical career exploration and the hands-on electronic and programming foundations of IOT and Smart Cities sensors, actuators, and data collection and analysis. In doing so, we are preparing our future STEM workforce and our increasingly diverse, technology-driven community for jobs that may not yet exist. VT-Thinkabit will work with like-minded teams, organizations and individuals interested in promoting curiosity, innovation, creativity, and students’ self-actualization and self-determination.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

NASA Appoints Its First Female Chief Flight Director



NASA took another giant step for equality this week when it named Holly Ridings as its first female chief flight director! Ridings, who is originally from Amarillo, Texas, will lead the flight directors that oversee human spaceflight missions from Mission Control in Houston's Johnson Space Center.  "Holly has proven herself a leader among a group of highly talented flight directors,” says Director of

Friday, September 14, 2018

Traffic Engineering Professors Visit from China

In collaboration with the Triway Group in Falls Church, we shared US Strategies in HOT (high occupancy toll) Lanes with visiting professors from the Tianjin Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute.  Our widely regarded Dr. Kevin Heaslip visited from his new home in Blacksburg to lead the discussion deespite the threats from Hurricane Florence.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Unsolicited Bid to Redevelop the VT/UVA Falls Church Graduate Center Site



Rushmark Makes Unsolicited Bid to Redevelop UVa/VT Grad Center Site - Falls Church News-Press Online

CONCEPT RENDERINGS of the West Falls Church Economic Development Project by Rushmark (top) and EYA submitted along with their proposals to the City of Falls Church. (Images: Rushmark, EYA)
CORRECTION: According to WMATA, EYA “is not under contract to WMATA to re-design the West Falls Church Metro Station, nor is there a joint development agreement currently in place for this station.” The News-Press apologizes for the error.
In conjunction with its submittal of its final detailed proposal for the dense economic development of 10 acres at the West Falls Church high school campus, the Rushmark team that built the 300 W. Broad building (with its Harris Teeter) has made an unsolicited bid to redevelop the 7.4-acre Virginia Tech/University of Virginia graduate center site adjacent its 10-acre plan.
The news broke with the issuance of a press release from the F.C. City Hall Wednesday that announced the receipt on Aug. 29 of the detailed proposals from two groups, Rushmark and the team of EYA, Regency and PN Hoffman, for the development of the coveted 10 acre site. Near its end, the press release quietly noted that “Virginia Tech has announced