Virginia Tech will invest $75 million over five years to build teaching and research capacity in areas where it is already a national leader, including smart design and construction, and autonomous vehicles across land, air, and water, university officials said today.

The initiative will provide learning opportunities for students and unite university and industry partners under the theme of “intelligent infrastructure for human-centered communities” — a critical domain that will fuel global development and enhance quality of life in a world teeming with challenges and opportunities because of changing trends in energy, transportation, and urbanization.

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