Destination Areas

Destination Areas: Building Transdisciplinary Communities

Transdisciplinary communities at Virginia Tech are working collaboratively to address complex problems that impact the human condition. Teams are working across disciplinary boundaries to address challenges in rural health, infectious disease, coastal mitigation, and security.

Destination Areas, Virginia Tech

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Transdisciplinary Communities

Nine areas of focus combine our existing academic and research
strengths with innovative transdisciplinary teams, tools, and processes.

Committed to Beyond Boundaries

The Destination Areas and Strategic Growth Areas (DA/SGAs) and Virginia Tech’s
investment Institutes are committed to advancing the Beyond Boundaries vision.

In order to facilitate transdisciplinary research efforts, the DAs/SGAs in conjunction with the Institutes, are offering seed grants to foster collaborative efforts and to enhance the competitiveness for defined external support in areas that address issues related to rural health and infectious disease.


+Policy Research Team Supplement

Applications due October 17, 2018

The Policy Strategic Growth Area (PSGA) solicits applications from research teams with ongoing projects that would benefit from a funding supplement focusing on policy. The +Policy Research Team Supplement is designed to enable extant teams to engage with a Virginia Tech faculty member with expertise in policy in order to add a policy component to, or enhance the policy dimension of, an ongoing research project.

Upcoming Events

September 24

Building Transdisciplinary Communities
Open to the university community
Time: 8:00am–1:30pm
Location: Virginia Tech Inn

October 3

Information and Trust in Society Workshop 
Sponsored by the Integrated Security DA.
Interested participants should contact Russ Walker.

October 5

Creating Technological Surprise
Dr. Steven H. Walker, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Time: 8:30am
Location: Quillen Family Auditorium, Goodwin Hall (room 190)

Faculty Spotlight

Steven Sheetz, professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, was recently appointed the PricewaterhouseCoopers Senior Faculty Fellow of Accounting and Information Systems by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Faculty Spotlight, Virginia Tech

Destination Areas News

Deloitte Virginia Tech alumni and Deloitte Foundation to give $3 million to Global Business and Analytics project, VT News

Artist, students to create structures with plastic bottles, VT News

New opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration are the focus of upcoming event, VT News

Video: Conversation with the President

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In a conversation with Dawn Jefferies, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands talks about the start of the academic year and reflects on the importance of research.

Our Motto

Ut Prosim (That I May Serve)

Virginia Tech is committed to creating global impacts built
upon a foundation of diversity, inclusion, and social engagement.

Top Talent Search

We intend to attract and retain top talent through initiatives that are supported by administration, stakeholder groups, and outstanding new interdisciplinary facilities.

2018 Courses

We welcome students seeking to reach beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to find the innovation that exists in the intersections of diverse fields.





Please contact Todd Nicewonger, Project Director for Destination Areas