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Celebrate with us!

Our annual membership gala is an incredible opportunity to network with over 400 of the region’s leaders, top executives, fellow RBTC members, and guests. This annual evening is highlighted by a State of the RBTC address, speakers that inspire us forward towards our vision for the region, and an
after-party for extended networking. Join us!

Ross Baird of Village Capital

KEYNOTE // TIMOTHY D. SANDS, President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

ABOUT THE SPEAKER // Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the university in June of 2014. He is also a scientist, educator, and inventor, he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education. As president, he has engaged the university community in a visionary plan to advance Virginia Tech’s role as a global land-grant institution, confronting the commonwealth’s, the country’s, and the world’s most challenging problems.

The initiative, called “Beyond Boundaries,” seeks to define Virginia Tech’s role a generation into the future and align the educational experience with the needs and opportunities that will be created by changing world economies and the evolving landscape of higher education.

He 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, Berkeley. He joined the Purdue faculty in 2002 as the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the schools of Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to becoming provost, he served as the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park.

From 1993 to 2002, President Sands was a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and before that, he performed research and directed research groups at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Red Bank, New Jersey. Throughout his career, he has participated in and led research teams and academic programs that have been characterized by open collaboration across a wide array of disciplines.

He has published more than 250 refereed papers and conference proceedings and has been granted 20 patents in electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices. He holds faculty appointments in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, with research interests in microelectronics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the National Academy of Inventors.

Event Schedule

DATE – Wednesday, November 7, 2018

5:30 pm – Registration and Networking Reception

6:45 pm – Welcome Remarks

7:00 pm – Dinner

7:45 pm – Keynote Address

8:15 pm – After Party

(extended networking and decadent desserts!)


Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah Avevnue NW, Roanoke, VA 24016


Hotel Room Rate Information


For reservations call (540) 985-5900 and ask for the RBTC Fall Gala Rate.

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