Virginia Tech Honors and Awards

Virginia Tech is proud of the academic and professional accomplishments of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The many personal and collaborative achievements noted here illustrate the commitment to scholarship, outreach, and research among members of the university community, placing Virginia Tech among the top research universities in the world.

University Award Winners

2013 Award Winners

William H. Ruffner Medal


Michele "Shelley" Duke, honorary alumna, first female vice-rector on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, owns and operates Rallywood Farm.

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University Distinguished Achievement

Tracy Wilkins

Tracy D. Wilkins emeritus faculty member, former university leader, and co-founder of the TechLab company.

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Alumni Distinguished Service

Ben Davenport

Ben J. Davenport Jr. is chairman of First Piedmont Corporation as well as Davenport Energy.

David Lowe

David E. Lowe is past president and an honorary lifetime board member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

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Weekly Awards

Faculty Scholar of the Week

Guohua Cao

Guohua Cao, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Virginia Tech–Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, develops sophisticated imaging technology for biomedical and bioscientific discovery, diagnosis, and medical intervention.

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  • 2013 Undergraduate Man and Woman of the Year

    Nicholas Onopa is majoring in public and urban affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Darya "Dasha" Nesterova is majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science.

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    2013 Graduate Man and Woman of the Year

    Ryan C. Smith is a doctoral candidate in psychology in the College of Science. Shernita Lee is a doctoral candidate with an interdisciplinary major in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology.

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