Virginia Tech is building transdisciplinary teams to tackle the world’s pressing problems through research, education, and engagement.

Destination Areas

Destination Areas combine Virginia Tech’s existing strengths with novel transdisciplinary teams, tools, and processes that empower students and faculty to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. Through these novel approaches to research and education Virginia Tech will become an international destination for talent, partnerships, and transformative knowledge. The significant outcomes generated by these destination areas will enable the university to effectively fulfill its land-grant mission and apply its university motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Five Destination Areas (DAs) draw upon Virginia Tech’s strengths in fostering world-class scholarship and in cultivating global partnerships.

Adaptive Brain and Behavior

Data and Decisions

Global Systems Science

Integrated Security

Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities


Strategic Growth Areas

Strategic Growth Areas (SGAs) have been identified as critical areas for future growth and development. SGAs are similar to Destination Areas in structure but are of smaller scale and aim for regional or national leadership. They may mature into Destination Areas.

Creativity and Innovation

Economic and Sustainable Materials

Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition


Guiding Framework

Transdisciplinary Collaborations

Virginia Tech will become an international destination for talent, partnerships, transformative knowledge, and significant outcomes in these areas, enabling it to effectively fulfill its land-grant mission.

Strategic Partnerships

Destination Areas will be supported by large-scale partnerships with industry, government, and communities around urgent problems of common interest. They will provide faculty with multifaceted opportunities and diverse communities for developing disciplinary and transdisciplinary activities to address critical global problems.

Educational Leadership

Destination Areas connect the full span of relevant knowledge necessary for addressing issues comprehensively. Humanistic, scientific, and technological perspectives are addressed in relationship to one another and they are treated as complementary to overcome traditional academic boundaries, such as those that separate science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) fields and liberal arts.

Virginia Tech's Cluster Hiring initiative will add over 400 new faculty in support of transdisciplinary teaching, research and outreach over the next 5 years.

Contact the Destination Areas Team

Office of the Executive President and Provost
Burruss Hall, Suite 210
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Contact us to learn more

Phone: 540-231-6122