BLACKSBURG, Va., October 12, 2012 - In a recent design competition for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation, Kevin Shinpaugh, director of information technology at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and adjunct faculty in aerospace and ocean engineering, served as faculty advisor to the winning undergraduate student team for space transportation design.

The students were tasked with creating a business plan and design for a ship that would take passengers from Earth to orbit and back. MAGNETO, short for MAGNetic Earth-to-Orbit, a box-shaped ship with accommodation for 10 passengers, won the team $2500 from the Foundation.

For more information, see the VT press release.

About the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech is a premier bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology research facility that uses transdisciplinary approaches to science, combining information technology, biology and medicine. These approaches are used to interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences. With more than 240 highly trained multidisciplinary, international personnel, research at the institute involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, biochemistry, systems biology, computational immunology, statistics, economics, synthetic biology and medicine. The large amounts of data generated by this approach are analyzed and interpreted to create new knowledge that is disseminated to the world’s scientific, governmental and wider communities.



Traci Roberts
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October 31, 2012