Global Issues for a Global World

So we had our first meeting last month and the one thing that everyone was abuzz about was the possibility of travel before or after the program. So naturally, I spoke with my better half who had lived for some time in France, we had both seen much of Europe, and we decided that it would […]


MechXylo is a mechanical glockenspiel controllable by the programming environment Pd-L2Ork that is used to teach computational thinking based on simple arithmetic operations visualized on screen. Read a poster and view a video below:


Barwin, a cocktail machine that uses an evolutionary algorithm to refine cocktails for its users. Source code: algorithm and web interface, control interface. Team: Marcel Jira, Peter Regner, Peter Reschenhofer, Kyriakos Tsoukalas, and Jakob Unterwurza…

Global Perspectives Program

I am very excited to be participating in the Virginia Tech Global Perspectives Program. During this amazing opportunity I will travel with a group of graduate students to Switzerland. The theme of this years trip is: higher education as public good, related to the global landscape. I will be writing posts throughout this semester and … Continue reading “Global Perspectives Program”

GPP Ecuador: Reflections on community engagement and social responsibility

This year, I traveled to four different countries and visited ten universities through the Graduate School of Virginia Tech’s Global Perspective Programs based in Switzerland and Ecuador to study higher education around the world. While traveling to Switzerland, Italy, and France in May, I researched two questions: 1) How do universities and their faculty, staff, […]

GPP Ecuador.. Why?!

I was honored when selected to participate in the GPP trip to Europe earlier this year. It was expected to be a life-changing experience, and what we found there was more than expected! Therefore, I got excited when I knew that there’s another chance for us to travel abroad, to USFQ this time. My passion […]

VT-shaped individual: graduate student focus

Shortly after his arrival at VT, President Timothy Sands established an initiative entitled Beyond Boundaries and challenged the university to envision the future for Virginia Tech informed by four concepts: VT-shaped discovery, communities of discovery, nexus of discovery, and continuous … Continue reading