BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has approved the development of a $3.5 million propulsion laboratory to boost the university's capacity for high-tech defense and energy research.
The board on Monday approved the resolution directing the Virginia Tech Foundation to develop the 8,100-square-foot facility in the Corporate Research Center. It will be operated by the college of engineering.
Four new Gov. Bob McDonnell appointees took their seats on the board Monday, including new Rector Michael Quillen of Bristol.
The Roanoke Times
reports that the board also approved loans of up to $4 million for new equipment at the National Tire Research Center, which is affiliated with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.