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Vision

The Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities (IIHCC) Destination Area is focused on bringing visionary humanists and technologists together to create the framework for infrastructure innovation and the reinvention of community.  Faculty working together in this area are committed to transdisciplinary solutions that exist along the interdependencies between humans, community, and infrastructure with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life around the globe.  Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition by seeking the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities. This area further incorporates transdisciplinary approaches to addressing critical scientific materials challenges related to health, energy, environment, and resilient infrastructure as well as policymaking and policy analysis, collaborating at the intersection of scientific evidence, governance, and analyses to translate scholarship into practice.  

Themes: Energy, Robotics & Autonomous Vehicle Systems, Smart Design & Construction, Ubiquitous Mobility

Faculty Recruitment

Over the next five years, Virginia Tech is strategically investing in hiring innovative and collaborative faculty to advance its vision to grow beyond boundaries as a premier 21st-century global land-grant institution through our Destination Areas initiative. 

The Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area is actively recruiting a robust and diverse cluster of faculty.  In addition to the clustering hiring initiative, there are a number of additional faculty opportunities that are linked to the work of the IIHCC area.

Stakeholder Committee

  • Kathryn Albright (Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • Myra Blanco (Policy and Outreach, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
  • Dushan Boroyevich (Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Margaret Cowell (Public and International Affairs, College of Agriculture and Urban Studies)
  • Jack Davis (Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • Tom Dingus (Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
  • Sam Easterling (Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Azim Eskandarian (Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Joseph Gabbard (Industrial and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Kevin Heaslip (Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Randy Heflin (Physics, College of Science)
  • W. Cully Hession (Biological Systems Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
  • Daniel Hindman (Sustainable Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources and Environment)
  • Hunter Pittman (Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • Madhav Marathe (Computer Science, Biocomplexity Institute)
  • Andrew McCoy (Building Construction, College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • Julia Ross (Chemical Engineering and Engineering Education, College of Engineering)
  • Dan Stilwell (Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Pablo Tarazaga (Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Joe Wheeler (Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • Program Manager: Tracy McElroy