Intro to ICTAS

ICTAS Vision

To be a premier institute to advance transformative, interdisciplinary research for a sustainable future.

ICTAS Mission

To serve Virginia Tech, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through high-impact research and scholarship at the intersections of engineering, the sciences -- physical, life, and social -- and the humanities. To this end, advance the frontiers of knowledge and education, enhance the educational experience of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and promote economic development through the creation and application of innovative research that enhances the quality of life and preserves our natural resources.


  1. Increase Virginia Tech’s capacity in transformative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research that transcends traditional boundaries.

  2. Increase the reputation of Virginia Tech in transformative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research.

  3. Establish and promote a research culture geared toward meeting society’s most challenging needs for a sustainable future.

  4. Reach out regionally, nationally, and internationally to expand research capabilities and to enhance opportunities for economic development.

  5. Develop an organization that exemplifies and prides itself on

    • nimbleness,

    • a “can-do” attitude,

    • teamwork,

    • a culture of service to our faculty, our students, our staff, Virginia Tech, the Commonwealth of Virginia, our nation, and our world.

Core Values

Virginia Tech Core Values

  • Freedom of inquiry: Fundamental to the creation and transmission of knowledge is a commitment to nurture and protect freedom of inquiry. Intellectual freedom is the foundation of academic excellence and is vital to sustaining environments in which sound and rigorous learning, discovery, and engagement occur.

  • Mutual respect: At the center of the educational enterprise is the commitment to the exchange of ideas and information. Respect for varied points of view and the diverse backgrounds upon which they may be based is essential to the continued growth and advancement of all members of the university community.

  • Lifelong learning: A commitment to lifelong learning and inquiry within and outside the university community guarantees continued growth and secures for society the benefits of ever advancing knowledge.

  • A commitment to diverse and inclusive communities: In carrying out its mission, Virginia Tech values the educational benefits of diverse ideas, peoples, and cultures. Articulated in the Virginia Tech Principles of Community adopted by the board of visitors in 2005, diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and contributes to just engagement in all the world’s communities.

  • Ut Prosim: (That I May Serve) is Virginia Tech’s motto. This attribute distinguishes Virginia Tech from all but a few of the nation’s institutions. As a community of scholars and reflective of our land-grant mission, Virginia Tech is committed to service to individuals and society in all its forms.

  • Personal and institutional integrity. Integrity demands that all members of the university community and the university itself engage in continual civil discourse and ethical behaviors that advance learning, discovery, and engagement, supported by the administration. Integrity demands maintaining standards of personal and professional behavior of the highest order.

  • A culture of continuous improvement. Through benchmarking, assessment, evaluation of academic and administrative goals, and a commitment to process improvement and change, Virginia Tech will achieve greater national and international prominence.

ICTAS embraces the core values of Virginia Tech as a foundation for its own values. In expressing its values, ICTAS also consistently emphasizes these five guiding principles:

  • Diversity. ICTAS actively engages in institutional transition and growth through creation and nurturing of opportunities where the most diverse perspectives may be engaged.

  • Sustainability. The institute seeks to develop responsible management of environmental, economic, and social resources as well as stewardship of those resources for future generations.

  • Collaboration. Firm in the belief that creativity blossoms at the intersection of disciplines, the institute promotes a culture of collaboration where engineers, scientists, and humanists come together to move beyond the predictable and incremental advances in current technologies to the transformative science and technology of the future.

  • Innovation. The institute places a premium on innovation and encourages out-of-the-box and blue-sky thinking.

  • Internationalization. The institute recognizes the need to be globally engaged in discovery and scholarship.

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Contact Us

ICTAS (MC 0193)
Kelly Hall, Suite 410, Virginia Tech
325 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-2597