Shooting At Virginia Tech...LINK / PHOTO'S....
Tue Apr 17, 2007 01:50


Shooting At Virginia Tech

This Makes No Sense

The shooting starts at 7:15 in a dorm, the guy roams the campus for two hours. The shooting ends at approximately 9:30.


=================== wrote:

Virginia Tech Shootings Leave 33 Dead

the shooting occurs 1 day before the attorney general testifies about his lies, and the 8 year anniversary of columbine. Remember the stories about the alleged mind control of the shooters?

the today show will be taping from there tomorrow. I bet the VT students may be good for any anti-gun crusade, It could be used as a setup for some gun control legislation.


Access Denied: For Reasons of National Security -- Book Review
Read about Cathy O'Brien's journeys from being under the CIA's MK Ultra mind control to becoming a successful US Government whistleblower through the ...


So Virginia Tech is no ordinary engineering department, but has had this recent DARPA project involvement, along with other Defense contracts:
Sunday, February 18, 2007

BLACKSBURG -- When Ruel Faruque earned his master's degree in December, the mechanical engineering student said he had four job offers dangling "top secret space projects," roles in established organizations and salaries in the $65,000 to $70,000 range.

But Faruque opted for a newly created position with TORC Technologies, a small, two-year-old robotics development company in VT KnowledgeWorks, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center's business incubator.

...The Urban Challenge is a competition sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that aims to accelerate the development of autonomous ground vehicle technologies. Participating teams work to develop, and race, vehicles that can travel a 60-mile course through traffic -- with no human driver and no remote control.

DARPA, the central research and development arm of the Department of Defense, has sponsored two previous challenges. In the most recent, in 2005, teams raced autonomous vehicles on a 132-mile desert course. Virginia Tech's entries finished eighth and ninth out of 25 by distance covered, and a team from Stanford University walked away with the $2 million prize.

"DARPA has essentially challenged any team, university or company who wants to participate with one of the most difficult unmanned system programs ever," Fleming said. And "we're able to develop a lot of software algorithms that have applications elsewhere in the unmanned system community -- we have already had some large defense companies contact us and are extremely interested."


With help from Caterpillar, Virginia Tech is up to the challenge ...
A new Virginia Tech team is preparing for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with the goal ...

Results 1 - 10 of about 247,000 for Virginia Tech DARPA project

With help from Caterpillar, Virginia Tech is up to the challenge

By Alexandria Marder

October 2005—the Mojave Desert. A Virginia Tech engineering team consisting of two professors, two students, and two autonomous vehicles completes a cross-country journey through bad weather, traffic mishaps, and equipment failure to compete in a contest that will make the drive from Virginia seem like child’s play.

The team camps out in pup tents next to their competitors’ shiny sponsored vans and motor homes, looking and feeling like the ultimate underdogs. On October 9, the DARPA Grand Challenge begins, and the two robotic vehicles set out to navigate a 131-mile course with no human assistance. At the end of the day, the Virginia Tech team ends up in eight and ninth place out of 23, beating teams from several highly regarded universities and corporations.

Fast forward to March 2007. A new Virginia Tech team is preparing for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with the goal of developing autonomous vehicles that can be used for military applications in urban areas. Virginia Tech’s Team Victor Tango, including 10 graduate students, 50 undergraduate students, and four faculty advisors, is tackling the project with the same spirit as the last group. But this time, they won’t be the underdogs. With funding from Caterpillar, in addition to several other corporate and governmental sponsors, Team Victor Tango is ready for even greater success at the 2007 challenge, which will take place on November 3, 2007.

Caterpillar, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines, has built a strong relationship with Virginia Tech. Caterpillar has sponsored successful teams in past DARPA contests and has high hopes for Team Victor Tango.

Caterpillar is not the only corporation impressed by Virginia Tech. Ford has donated two Escape hybrid vehicles. National Instruments Corp., a leader in virtual instrumentation, is another corporate partner. TORC Technologies LLC, a company in Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center, will work with Team Victor Tango to develop the software for the vehicle’s computer system.

Even DARPA, the sponsoring agency, has provided funding for the team. DARPA granted $1 million contracts to 11 of the 65 competing teams based on an intensive proposal process. Only six of the contracts went to academic teams—and one of those teams is Team Victor Tango. Faculty advisor Charles Reinholtz says the DARPA grant pays for overhead expenses, salaries, and some equipment, but most of the project’s expenses are covered by the gift from Caterpillar. Reinholtz signs several purchase requests a day, and the money from Caterpillar is what makes the project possible at all.

Reinholtz says, “Caterpillar has been so great. They gave us $100,000. Without that, we would really be in trouble. With a project of this magnitude, we have lots of expenses, and some involve just going to the hardware store for wire and tools, but some involve buying expensive navigation equipment and sensors. Without Caterpillar, we would be in dire straits in terms of the equipment we need to do this.”

Technical interaction with Caterpillar is critical, too. Faculty members and students alike learn from visiting engineers and technicians. This experience will reap enormous benefits for the students involved in the project. Reinholtz says students from previous teams have gone to work for sponsoring companies after graduation. Many others are inspired by the experience to stay at Virginia Tech for graduate work. Many of this year’s graduate student team members worked on previous teams as undergraduates.

For Andrew Taylor (’08 mechanical engineering), working with the team has been a dream come true. He says, “I remember when I was a senior in high school and DARPA announced their plans for the first Grand Challenge. I thought it would be so cool to be able to work on something like that. This is my 4th semester on the team, last year for the Grand Challenge and this year for the Urban Challenge, and I have learned so much.” Taylor says he has learned a lot about mechanical engineering, welding, and software design. In addition, he has acquired many non-technical skills that will serve him well in the workplace. He explains, “I have learned so much about working with groups and the whole process of working with other companies through this—experience I can't get in the classroom. I’ve had to work with a lot of people and really learn about their needs, not unlike a customer’s needs in a future design job. Not just where they wanted things, but why, what did they want to be able to see and do with that sensor? Would it interfere with other projects that were going on?”

With the wealth of experience he has gained working on Team Victor Tango, Taylor is prepared for a successful engineering career. The team, meanwhile, is busy preparing for a successful run at the DARPA Urban Challenge. Projects like this one are made possible by the dedication and the scientific and technical expertise of team members—and by private support from corporations like Caterpillar.

News Story | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech leads effort to develop new, shape-changing materials ... The goal of the DARPA project, administered by John Main, is to develop synthetic ...

Main Page - Wednesday, 04/18/07

Message Board by American Patriot Friends Network [APFN]


messageboard.gif (4314 bytes)