Timothy Sands

Timothy Sands

Timothy D. Sands

President, Virginia Tech

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Blacksburg, Virginia
34,440 Students

Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the university in June of 2014. A scientist, educator, and inventor, he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education. President Sands earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in engineering physics and a master's degree and doctorate in materials science from the University of California. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the National Academy of Inventors, and a member of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.  President Sands serves on the Board of Directors for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority, the Center for Innovative Technology, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Business Higher Education Forum, and is Chair of the Board for the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for the National Intelligence University.  Follow President Sands on Twitter and Instagram at @VTSandsman.