Virginia Tech supports the largest university-based program in fiber optics and smart structures in the country. Fiber optics and fiber optics-related undergraduate and graduate lecture and laboratory courses serve more than 450 students each year in classes on campus and at several off-campus locations. The Fiber & Electro-Optics Research Center within the Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering currently is engaged in more than thirty separate fiber optics research programs sponsored by companies and government organizations. These include work in long distance and local area network fiber communications, fiber sensing including smart structures, fiber micro-optical devices, and fiber manufacturing and materials. The Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory within the Department of Mechanical Engineering currently is engaged in an additional twelve sponsored programs which focus primarily on actuators, shape memory composites, and active structural control. This paper reviews these combined activities.
Richard O. Claus, Richard O. Claus,
"Overview Of Fiber Optics And Smart Structures Programs At Virginia Tech", Proc. SPIE 1170, Fiber Optic Smart Structures and Skins II, (5 February 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.963088; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.963088