List of Virginia Tech alumni
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This is a list of notable Virginia Tech alumni, including graduates, current students, and former students who did not graduate.
- 1 Military
- 2 Business, government, and academia
- 3 Literature
- 4 Music
- 5 Movies and television
- 6 Sports
- 7 Other
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- COL Julien E. Gaujot, US Army (Class of 1893) – Awarded the Medal of Honor for actions on the Mexican Border in 1914, the only soldier ever awarded the Medal for actions of a peacekeeping nature. Brother of Antoine Gaujot. (Did not graduate)
- LTC Antoine A.M. Gaujot, US Army (Class of 1900) – Awarded the Medal of Honor for actions as an Army Corporal at the Battle of San Mateo during the Philippine-American War. Brother of Julien Gaujot. (Did not graduate)
- SGT Earle D. Gregory, US Army (Class of 1923) – Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I. Known as the "Sgt. York of Virginia".
- SGT Herbert J. Thomas, USMC (Class of 1944) – Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on Bougainville Island during World War II. Member of Virginia Tech's Athletic Hall of Fame. (Did not graduate)
- 1LT Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr., US Army (Class of 1944) – Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Normandy landings on D-Day during World War II. (Did not graduate)
- 2LT Robert E. Femoyer, USAAF (Class of 1944) – Awarded the Medal of Honor for actions as an Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress navigator on a bombing mission over Germany
- 1LT Richard Thomas Shea, US Army (Class of 1948) – Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill during the Korean War. (Did not graduate)
- MAJ Lloyd W. Williams, USMC (Class of 1907) – Attributed with one of the more famous quotes of World War I: "Retreat? Hell! We just got here!"
- LTG Lewis A. Pick, US Army (Class of 1914)
- LTG Wallace H. Robinson, USMC (Class of 1940) – 20th Quartermaster General of the Marine Corps; Director of the Defense Supply Agency
- CPT James F. Van Pelt Jr., USAAF (Class of 1940) – B-29 Superfortress navigator involved in both atomic bomb attacks against Japan, navigating the instrument ship in the first attack against Hiroshima then navigating the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki
- LTG John H. Elder, Jr., US Army (Class of 1941) – Chief of Plans & Programs, J-5, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Commander, 18th Engineer Brigade
- LTG Joseph G. Wilson, USAF (Class of 1942) – Commander, Allied Air Forces, Southern Europe
- LTG Howard H. Cooksey, US Army (Class of 1943) – Veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam; Commander, Fort Dix Infantry Training Center
- LTG Walter D. Druen, Jr., USAF (Class of 1951) – Commander of Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Southern Area
- LTG Robert L. Moore, US Army (Class of 1952) – Commanding General, U.S. Army Missile Command
- GEN Thomas C. Richards, USAF (Class of 1956) – Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command; Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy
- GEN Lance L. Smith, USAF (Class of 1969) – Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation and Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command
- LTG Joseph R. Inge, US Army (Class of 1969) – Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command and Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command
- LTG William G. Boykin, US Army (Class of 1971) – Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence; Commanding General, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School; Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Forces Command; Commander, 1st SFOD-D
- VADM Jody A. Breckenridge, USCG (Class of 1975) – Commander Coast Guard Pacific Area
- RADM J. Scott Burhoe, USCG (Class of 1976) – 39th Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 10th President of Fork Union Military Academy
- Nidal Malik Hasan, US Army (Class of 1997), former MAJ and Army psychiatrist; convicted in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, and subsequently dishonorably discharged.
Business, government, and academia
- James Dunsmuir (Attended VAMC in 1874) — British Columbia coal magnate and politician.
- Donaldson Brown (Class of 1902) — Financial executive and corporate director with both DuPont and General Motors
- Mike Michalowicz (Class of 1993) — Author of business books The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The Pumpkin Plan and Profit First, entrepreneur, lecturer, former columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC television personality.
- Robert B. Pamplin, Sr. (Class of 1933) — CEO of Georgia Pacific Corp.
- Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. (Attended in the 1960s) — President and CEO of R.B. Pamplin Corporation
- Cordel L. Faulk (Class of 1998) — Member of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Tech and Director of Admissions of the University of Virginia School of Law.
- Thomas M. Price (Class of 1938) — Architect
- Clifton C. Garvin (Class of 1943, BS) (Class of 1947, MS) — Chairman and CEO of Exxon Corp.
- Clifford A. Cutchins III (Class of 1944) — Chairman and CEO of Sovran Bank
- Frank Dunham, Jr. — Lead lawyer for Zacarias Moussaoui
- Chris Kraft (Class of 1944) — NASA architect of Mission Control and the first flight director. Author of Flight My Life in Mission Control
- Thomas L. Phillips (Class of 1947) — Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Corp.
- Robert Coleman Richardson (Class of 1958, BS) (Class of 1960, MS) — Physicist at Cornell University, shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1996 for the discovery of superfluidity in He-3
- Roger K. Crouch (Class of 1968, MS) (Class of 1971, PhD) — NASA astronaut
- James K. Asselstine (Class of 1970) — Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during Three Mile Island incident
- Richard Baker (Class of 1998) — Game designer
- William Lewis — Rhodes Scholar, Founding Director of McKinsey Global Institute
- Mark Embree (Class of 1996) — Rhodes Scholar, currently Associate Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University
- Denis G. Clem (Class of 1973) — Chief Information Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense
- George Nolen (Class of 1978) — President and CEO of Siemens Corp.
- António Pinto Barbosa (Class of 1978) — Portuguese economist and government official
- Charles J. Camarda (Class of 1983, PhD) — Astronaut on board the space shuttle Discovery for the STS-114 mission
- Jim Buckmaster — CEO of craigslist.org
- Chet Culver — former Governor of Iowa (2007–2011) and former Iowa Secretary of State (1999–2007)
- Jess Cliffe — Game Designer and co-creator of Counter-Strike, the popular online video game.
- Dave Calhoun — CEO and Chairman of the Board, The Nielsen Company
- Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr. (Class of 1962) — Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia
- Danny Ludeman — President & CEO Wachovia Securities (1999–Present)
- Pierre Thomas (Class of 1984) — Senior Justice Correspondent for ABC News
- Tony McNulty — Minister for Police and Security in the UK government.
- Matt Lohr (Class of 1995) – Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
- Elsa Murano — 23rd President of Texas A&M University; former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety
- Rob Wittman — Congressman from the 1st District of Virginia
- Markus Breitschmid (Class of 1994, MS) — Internationally active Swiss architectural theoretician, historian, and author
- Curt Finch (Class of 1987) — CEO of Journyx and Author of All Your Money Won't Another Minute Buy: Valuing Time as a Business
- Mike Aubrey (Class of 1996) — Real Estate Expert and Co-Host of HGTV's Real Estate Intervention.
- Linwood H. Rose — Fifth President of James Madison University
- Curtis J. Tompkins — Eighth President of Michigan Technological University (MTU)
- Robert C. Michelson (Class of 1973) — American roboticist; progenitor of the field of aerial robotics; recipient of the 2001 Pirelli Award; Recipient of 2001 Top Pirelli Prize; inventor of the Entomopter; Principal Research Engineer Emeritus (GTRI) and Adj. Assoc. Professor (AE)
- Charlie L. Yates (Class of 1958) — First African American to graduate from Virginia Tech and the first African American to graduate from "any major Southern engineering institute"
- Thomas Jermoluk (Class of 1978, BS) (Class of 1979, MS) — CEO @Home Network 1997–2000
- William Dodd (ambassador) (Class of 1895, BS) (Class of 1897, MS) — Ambassador to Germany from 1933 to 1937 under President Roosevelt. Subject of Erik Larson's book In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.
- Frank Sturgis (Attended in the 1940's) — Convicted for the Watergate burglaries that ultimately led to the resignation of US President Richard M. Nixon. , served in both the US Army and Navy and as a covert operative in Latin America, born Frank Angelo Fiorini.
- Harrison Ruffin Tyler (Class of 1951) — Co-founder and former Chairman of ChemTreat, Inc. now a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation. He is a grandson of US President John Tyler.
- Henry C. Groseclose, considered to be the father of the Future Farmers of America organization.
- Catherine Woteki (Class of 1971, MS, PhD) — Under Secretary for United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, as well as the Department's Chief Scientist.
- Deborah Hersman — Chairman, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board
- Charles W. Steger — 15th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Steven M. Mollenkopf — CEO and President of Qualcomm
- Charles (Chip) Blankenship - CEO and President of GE Home and Business Solutions
- Homer Hickam (Class of 1964) - American author of several works including the New York Times Best Selling memoir Rocket Boys, which served as the basis for the film October Sky
- Vahan Janjigian (Class of 1982 MBA) & (Class of 1985 PhD) - Coauthor of Even Buffett Isn't Perfect: What You Can-and Can't-Learn from the World's Greatest Investor and The Forbes/CFA Institute Investment Course: Timeless Principles for Building Wealth
- Newton Lee (Class of 1983 B.S.) & (Class of 1985 M.S.) - Coauthor of Disney Stories: Getting to Digital, the author of the Total Information Awareness book series including Facebook Nation and Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity, and the editor of the Digital Da Vinci book series including Computers in Music and Computers in the Arts and Sciences
- Sharyn McCrumb (Class of 1985) - New York Times Bestselling Author of the Elizabeth McPherson series, the Ballad series, and the St. Dale series.
- Charlie Byrd (Class of 1946) - American jazz guitarist (Did not graduate)
- Gerry Beckley, founding member of the rock band America
- Keith Buckley, singer for American metalcore band Every Time I Die
- Jack Tatum, founding member of the indie rock band Wild Nothing
Movies and television
- Collette Wolfe - Actress in films such as Semi-Pro, Four Christmases, 17 Again, Observe and Report, and Hot Tub Time Machine.
- Sara Erikson, Actress in television shows such as Two and a Half Men, Community, and In Case of Emergency.
- Hoda Kotb (Class of 1986) - Television news anchor and TV host on NBC's Today and Dateline NBC
- Brian Sullivan (Class of 1993) - CNBC Anchor
- Molly Line (Class of 1999) - reporter for Fox News
- Roger Craig (Class of 1999) - Winner of the 2011 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions and Jeopardy! record holder for the highest 5-game total, highest single-game total, and largest true daily double bet.
- Tim Leaton (Class of 2007) - Filmmaker, Assistant Editor, Editor. 2006 Film Your Issue winner. Credits include Tropic Thunder & America's Got Talent.
- Azita Ghanizada, Actress who is a primary cast member of the American Syfy Channel series Alphas and appeared in various other television shows.
- Keith Flippen, Actor. Credits include Minority Report, The Wire, Dawson's Creek, Buried Alive II, and Virus
- Jeff Consiglio, Film Editor, Inocente, Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) 2013
- Pierre Thomas, Senior Justice Correspondent for ABC News 
- Brian Whitesell (Class of 1987) - NASCAR team manager for Hendrick Motorsports
- Darian Grubb (Class of 1998) - NASCAR crew chief for Joe Gibbs Racing driver Tony Stewart
- Jeff Motley, NASCAR Sr. Public Relations Director for Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- Ed Clark, NASCAR President of Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Doug Fritz, NASCAR President of Richmond International Raceway
- Brandon Thomas, NASCAR Crew Chief for Hall of Fame Racing (Driver J.J. Yeley)
- Chad Willis, SPRINT Operations Director for Sprint Cup Series
- Fredrik Pettersson, IndyCar Commercial Director for Pacific Coast Motorsports
- Kevin Barker, first baseman, Toronto Blue Jays
- Brad Clontz, former Atlanta Braves pitcher
- George Canale, former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman
- Johnny Oates, catcher and later the manager for the Baltimore Orioles, as well as manager of the Texas Rangers.
- Joe Saunders, pitcher, Baltimore Orioles
- Franklin Stubbs, former Major League first baseman-outfielder
- Mike Williams, former Major League pitcher
- Paul Long (Class of 1967) - Guard for the Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves, and Kentucky Colonels.
- Allan Bristow (Class of 1974) - Forward/Guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, and Dallas Mavericks; coach of the Charlotte Hornets, and executive for the New Orleans Hornets.
- Dell Curry (Class of 1986) - Shooting guard for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Charlotte Hornets.
- Vernell "Bimbo" Coles (Class of 1990) - Point guard with the 1988 U.S. Olympic Basketball team, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics.
- Zabian Dowdell (Class of 2007) - Point guard for Enisey Krasnoyarsk of the Russian Professional Basketball League & Phoenix Suns.
- Deron Washington (Class of 2008) - Small forward/Shooting guard for the Barak Netanya of the Israeli Basketball Super League selected 59th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft
- Carroll Dale (Class of 1960) - Former wide receiver, All-American, played for Vince Lombardi-era Green Bay Packers
- Frank Loria, First Team All-American safety for VT (1967), First Team Academic All-American (1967), College Football Hall of Fame Member (1999), was offensive coordinator for Marshall (age 23) when he (and team) was killed in plane crash (1970).
- Frank Beamer (Class of 1969) - Head coach of the Virginia Tech football team
- Bruce Smith (Class of 1985) - Defensive linesman for the Buffalo Bills and he Washington Redskins, All-American and first overall pick at the 1985 NFL Draft, 2009 NFL Hall of Fame inductee
- Jake Grove (Class of 2004) - Center for the Miami Dolphins, All-American 2nd round draft pick in 2004 NFL Draft.
- Michael Vick (Class of 2002) - Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, first overall pick at the 2001 NFL Draft. (Did not graduate)
- David Wilson (Class of 2012) - Running back for the New York Giants, 1st Round pick at the 2012 NFL Draft. (Did not graduate)
- Jonathan Lewis (Class of 2006) - Defensive Tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars, selected with the 177th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
- Jason Worilds (Class of 2010) - Outside Linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, selected with 52nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft
- Don Strock, quarterback for Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns; later a college head coach
- Aaron Rouse (Class of 2007) - Safety for the New York Giants
- Antonio Freeman (Class of 1995) - Former wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, played in Super Bowl XXXI, Super Bowl XXXII, and 1998 Pro Bowl
- DeAngelo Hall (Class of 2005) defensive back for the Washington Redskins, 8th overall pick at the 2004 NFL Draft and played in consecutive Pro-Bowls in 2006–2007. (Did not graduate)
- Kevin Jones, running back for the Chicago Bears, 1st Round, 30th overall pick at the 2004 NFL Draft
- Darryl Tapp, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, 63rd overall pick at the 2006 NFL Draft
- James Anderson, linebacker for the Chicago Bears
- David Clowney, wide receiver for the New York Jets
- Ryan Williams, running back for the Arizona Cardinals
- Tyrod Taylor (Class of 2011) - Quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens
- Kam Chancellor, safety for the Seattle Seahawks
- Rashad Carmichael, cornerback for the Houston Texans
- John Engelberger, former defensive end for the Denver Broncos
- Shayne Graham (Class of 2000) - NFL place-kicker
- Vaughn Hebron, running back/kick returner for the Denver Broncos played in Super Bowl XXXII (against Green Bay Packer Antonio Freeman), Super Bowl XXXIII, and is a 2-time Pro Bowler
- André Davis, wide receiver for the Houston Texans
- Ernest Wilford, wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, selected with the 24th pick of the 4th round in the 2004 NFL Draft.
- Eddie Royal, wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, selected with the 42nd overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
- Jeff King, tight end for the Carolina Panthers
- Josh Morgan, wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.
- Brandon Flowers, defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs, selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
- Michel Faulkner, All-American at Virginia Tech, played for New York Jets in 1981–1982
- Bill Ellenbogen, offensive lineman for the New York Giants.
- Bruce Arians, Head Football Coach, Arizona Cardinals
- Vincent Fuller, safety for the Tennessee Titans, 108th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
- Jim Druckenmiller (Class of 1996) - Former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins, 26th pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.
- Ken Oxendine, running back for the Atlanta Falcons.
- Jayron Hosley, Cornerback for the New York Giants.
- Johnson Wagner, PGA Tour golfer, three-time winner
- Brendon de Jonge, PGA Tour golfer, 2008 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year
- Drew Weaver (Class of 2009) - PGA Tour golfer, winner of the 2007 British Amateur
Mixed Martial Arts
- Jim Miller, UFC fighter (Lightweight Division), wrestled for Virginia Tech as a freshman (2002–2003 season)
Track & Field
- Queen Harrison, Three time NCAA Women's National Champion in the 60m, 100m and 400m hurdles. 2008 US Olympian in the 400m Hurdles. On December 16, 2010, Queen Harrsion won The Bowerman, the "Heisman of Track and Field"
- Marcel Lomnicky 2009 NCAA Men's National Champion in the Hammer Throw.
- Angela Tincher, 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
2007 Virginia Tech massacre victims
- Seung-Hui Cho, Perpetrator
- Virginia Tech commencement speakers, which includes many Virginia Tech alumni
- "Remembering the Forgotten War U.S. Army Engineer Officers in Korea". Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "Lieutenant General Joseph G. Wilson". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "Lieutenant General Howard H. Cooksey". Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- Chasmar, Jessica (8 Sep 2013). "Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan dishonorably discharged from Army: report". The Washington Times. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- Virginia Tech Magazine Class Notes
- Physics 1996
- The ASBC : WBC Northern Virginia
- News Story | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech
- "Robotics Guru Saw Uses Early On". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. July 26, 2004. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
- Laday, Jason (October 7, 2007). "No Pilots, No Problem: Students Build Autonomous Aircraft". The Institute (IEEE). Retrieved October 18, 2007.
- "AUVSI Honors Industry Leaders: Pioneer Award-Robert Michelson". Unmanned Systems (the Magazine of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) 16 (3). Summer 1998. p. 22.
- "Education Section and Pirelli Top Prize". May 10, 2002. Retrieved October 18, 2007.
- "In memoriam: Charlie L. Yates, Virginia Tech’s first African American graduate". Virginia Tech. August 11, 2010.
- "Keith Flippen". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
- "Keith Flippen: Acting and Voiceover Instructor". The Actor's Place. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
- Max Luong (26 February 2013). "Former Hokie Wins Oscar". Collegiate Times. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- The Independent: Inocente makes history as first crowd-funded Oscar-winner
- "Allan Bristow". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "#3 Allan Bristow-10 Greatest VT Players of All Time". TechHoops. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "Class of 2004 Dell Curry". Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "Athletics". Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "Men's Basketball". Hokie Sports. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- "Zabian Dowdell inks with Enisey". Sportando. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- Vaughn Hebron
- Virginia Tech Alumni Association
- Virginia Tech Alumni Association | Notable Virginia Tech alumni
- Virginia Tech | We Remember