Listed below are the current student activities offered at the Northern Virginia Center. If you have any ideas or suggestions for new activities to add, please e-mail


The Virginia Tech-National Capital Region student (VT-NCR) chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineer’s (ITE) objective is to build a community of students and professionals interested in the world of Transportation and Traffic Engineering. Our chapter aims to acquaint students with real-world problems in the field by inviting speakers from both academia and industry. Throughout our events, members will find opportunities to grow their professional and academic network, to hunt for their desired jobs and to engage in collaborative research opportunities. Beyond traditional activities, VT-NCR chapter aims to serve the public community by holding informative sessions with the neighboring schools, inviting speakers to discuss transportation and traffic issues and raising awareness among the public and to share all this knowledge to make a difference in our community. For more information on the VT NCR Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter, Click Here.


New equipment is installed in the Community Cafe on the first floor of the Northern Virginia Center. Chang-Tien (CT) Lu, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, has organized weekly tournaments on Wednesday afternoons beginning at 3:00 P.M., all are welcome to participate.


A billiards table is available for use in the Community Cafe on the first floor of the Northern Virginia Center. The billiards table can be accessed during normal building hours. Billiard equipment can be checked out from the NVC Library, across from cafe.


Dr. Lu also leads a Tai Chi group on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, 7:30 - 8:30 A.M., in the gardens at the Northern Virginia Center. What a great way to greet the day! "Immediate benefits from participating tai chi tend to be clearer and more relaxed mind - and this can happen on day 1. Clinical studies in the US report improved balance and peace of mind only 8 weeks of very simple set of movements taken from a variety of tai chi styles. Other, less expected, benefits of tai chi include improved working of internal organs, better breathing, and finding it easier to sleep at night. People report more strength, stamina, and suppleness as a direct result of doing their tai chi. For others, tai chi benefits come in the form of reduced stress, and an improved ability to deal with difficult situations."


The Northern Virginia Center Library is equipped with 3D printers, laser scanners, and CAD workstations for student use. There are no fees to use the printers, and we are open to the community. Click Here for hours and more information.


Kick off the beginning of each spring and fall semester with food in the lobby, as well as the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to meet up for casual conversation and informal advising/Q&A.



Join us for pumpkin carving in October. We will provide —tools, instructions, inspiration/carving stencils, and refreshments. Come learn how to carve a pumpkin, or show off your skills and show others how it’s done!



Please join us in celebrating fall and Thanksgiving at our upcoming annual Thanksgiving potluck celebration. All NCR students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.