Focus on Faculty

Col. James Squire and Clay Penney '19 look on as their rocket prototype takes off.

Rockets, Research, and Rovers

Clay Penney '19 and Col. Jim Squire are launching into a Mars rover competition, building and testing prototypes for Penney's honors thesis.

Col. Howard Sanborn, professor of international studies, talks with a cadet during the study abroad fair Sept. 20.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Faculty Develop Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Opportunity

Three professors are collaborating to create a new study abroad trip that will lead cadets through Slovenia, Germany, and Belgium.

A group photo of Brig. Gen. Bob Moreschi and his family.

Promotions, Installation Mark Beginning of Academic Year

Key Institute leaders took up new responsibilities during ceremonies held during the general faculty meeting kicking off new academic year.

Study Abroad Enriches Cadet Experience

When most people think of VMI, the iconic image of the barracks comes to mind, or perhaps the Corps of Cadets marching in a parade. But what about cadets in civilian dress in Budapest, Bangkok, or Botswana?

Stephanie Hodde writes on the white board.

Three Generations Look Back at Their Formative Years

The English, rhetoric, and humanistic studies 411 fieldwork class, taught by Maj. Stephanie Hodde, is taking a more creative approach to service learning by hosting the Rockbridge Community Memoir Project.

Cadets examine soybeans in the lab.

Building a Better Soy Plant

Lt. Col. Anne Alerding, associate professor of biology, is working with a team of cadets in her lab and in soybean fields across the state to find a way to increase the plants’ production.

Maj. Dan Harrison ’05 and Jake Hyde ’17 set up a specially designed, air-free, electrochemical cell containing one of Hyde’s iron compounds. – VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Fueling a Carbon-Neutral Society

Maj. Dan Harrison '05, who’s been teaching at VMI since 2013, focuses his research around developing catalysts that can reduce carbon dioxide into a more reactive carbon species and then into a usable fuel that could someday replace fossil fuels.

An image of trees arching over the Chessie Nature Trail.

VMI Planners Focus on the Chessie

Since the VMI Foundation gifted the Chessie Nature Trail to the Institute in 2010, VMI has worked with the community to ensure the trail is maintained and enhanced as an outdoor resource for cadets and members of the community.

Matt Jarman, assistant professor of psychology, and Holly Richardson, professor of physical education, discuss the impact of meditation and mindfulness on managing stress, increasing productivity, and improving health.

Fit Mind, Fertile Ground – Podcast

Matt Jarman, assistant professor of psychology, and Holly Richardson, professor of physical education, discuss the impact of meditation and mindfulness on managing stress, increasing productivity, and improving health.

Col. James Hentz and Dr. Spencer Bakich of VMI's international studies department talk with Maj. Sherri Tombarge about the U.S. defense budget and how it relates to America's foreign policy.

The Unholy Trinity – Podcast

Col. James Hentz and Dr. Spencer Bakich of VMI's international studies department discuss the U.S. defense budget and how it relates to America's foreign policy, particularly in the context of China's growing economic and military strength.