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Regional Academy for Advanced Technology & Engineering (RA²TE)


The Regional Academy for Advanced Technology and Engineering (RA²TE) will enter its eighth year of existence beginning fall 2014. The first pilot class, consisting of a group of 9 juniors from Franklin County began their course work in the Mechatronics engineering area in the fall of 2007. This first group successfully completed the program and graduated in 2009. The second academy was started in the fall of 2008 and included the Engineering transfer guided curriculum and expanded to include students from Botetourt, Craig, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem.

The Academy is a program designed to grow the number of students entering the engineering pipeline by reaching out to rising high school juniors and seniors with a strong aptitude for science and mathematics. The curriculum has been built by experienced engineering faculty who come from various backgrounds with extensive engineering and technical knowledge. After all, it makes sense that if you're going to teach engineering, then engineers need to be involved.

We invite you to look over the details of the program and look at the caliber of the work being done by our students. We created this website to answer as many of your questions as possible and to assist students interested in applying. However, if you still have questions after you've looked around, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Our Mission

The Regional Academy for Advanced Technology and Engineering is a distinctive, two-year curriculum where engineering faculty help bridge the gap for high school students to excel in undergraduate engineering programs and in engineering careers. Our mission is to provide an integrated curriculum focusing on the theoretical and applied mathematics, science, and technology for future engineers.

Our Philosophy

The Regional Academy provides students an environment that is advantageous to learning and exploration in fields of engineering. The academy aims to engage students with an educational experience that is fun, challenging and focused on science, technology, engineering and math. We strive to make engineering the highlight of each student's day and to show them how engineering provides a framework for studying Math and Science.

Contact Information

Terry Drumheller, Program Coordinator, 540-857-6366
Brenda Morrison, Program Administration, 540-857-6731

Richard Clark, Professor and Program Head of Engineering, 540-857-6262
Daniel C. Horine, Program Head Advanced Technology in Mechatronics, 540-857-6110

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