Universities compete fiercely to attract the world’s best teachers and researchers. At the end of the day, they are our primary product. Their teaching prepares future leaders. Their discoveries change industries, cure diseases, and advance fields ranging from the hard sciences to the arts. Creating a named professorship or endowed chair position – or contributing to an existing fund set up for such positions – is one of the most powerful ways to ensure Virginia Tech remains a top-tier institution that is respected around the world.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1990, Eric Wong's research interests include a molecular analysis of genes that play an important role in regulating growth of farm animals.
A lecturer in American history at the University of Edinburgh since 2007, Paul Quigley has distinguished himself among a younger generation of American Civil War historians who are bringing new perspectives to this significant historic event.
A well-established researcher in mechanical engineering, Robert G. Parker has secured more than $10 million in external funding as principal investigator or co-principal investigator from several state and federal agencies and from industry.