Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus
Virginia Tech is partnering with the Commonwealth of Virginia to build an Innovation Campus focused on graduate-level education and research in computer science and computer engineering. Virginia Tech faculty, graduate students and partners across the public and private sectors will assemble around big ideas and broad themes to explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between humans, computers, and systems.
Located just south of National Landing in the Alexandria portion of Potomac Yard, the campus will infuse the DC region with highly-skilled graduates, leading faculty members, and a pipeline of undergraduates from Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.
The Innovation Campus, which will be the first phase in the development of a larger, mixed-use innovation district, will make its home in three academic buildings that Virginia Tech and JBG Smith are developing in the Alexandria portion of National Landing.
Located steps away from the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station with a direct connection to the nation’s capital, the Innovation Campus is ideally situated for interactions with diverse industries, including leading tech companies like Amazon and thousands of STEM-focused tenants throughout National Landing.
The new campus will triple Virginia Tech’s existing footprint in the region and feature academic classrooms, incubator space for new startups to utilize for research and development, offices for industry collaboration, and space for alumni events. The development plans call for public open space and ground-floor retail, knitting the campus into the fabric of the community and forming a southern anchor to National Landing and its technology-focused district.
The inaugural class of Innovation Campus master’s degree students enrolled in the fall of 2020 at the existing Virginia Tech space in Falls Church.
The first Innovation Campus building is expected to open in 2024. The campus will be fully complete in about a decade, enrolling 750 master’s candidates and hundreds of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows annually.