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List of famous alumni from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

This list features graduates like Michael Vick and Jayma Mays.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University?” and “Which celebrities are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni?”

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Michael Vick Spokesperson, American football player Michael Dwayne Vick is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He has previously played for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets. Vick played ...more

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Alex Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Alex Sánchez Novelist, Author, Writer Alex Sánchez is a Mexican-American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults. His first novel, Rainbow Boys, was selected by the American Library Association, as a Best Book for ...more

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Jayma Mays is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Jayma Mays Actor, Singer Jamia Suzette "Jayma" Mays is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing Emma Pillsbury on the Fox musical series Glee, her recurring role as Charlie Andrews on the NBC ...more

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Charles Camarda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Charles Camarda Astronaut, Aerospace Engineering Charles Joseph "Charlie" Camarda is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who flew his first mission into space on board the Space Shuttle mission STS-114.

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Ben Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Ben Taylor American football player Benjamin Frazier Taylor is a former American football linebacker. Taylor was a linebackers coach for the Bridgewater College football team.

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Seung-Hui Cho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Seung-Hui Cho Seung-Hui Cho was a South Korean mass murderer who killed 32 people and wounded 17 others on April 16, 2007, at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. ...more

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Tony McNulty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Tony McNulty Politician Anthony James "Tony" McNulty is a former British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Harrow East from 1997 to 2010 and was a government minister from 2002–09. ...more

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Jeff Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Jeff Allen Basketball player, Athlete Jeff Allen is a professional basketball player.

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Edward J. Laurent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Edward J. Laurent Database manager, Editor, Earth remote sensing Ed Laurent is a Spatial Ecologist who develops and delivers collaborative, science-based recommendations and tools that enable the implementation and evaluation of conservation activities. His ...more

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Mary Hatwood Futrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Mary Hatwood Futrell Educator Mary Hatwood Futrell is an educator.

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Trey Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni

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John A. White Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
John A. White Jr. Businessperson John Austin White, Jr, Ph.D., P.E. was the fourth chancellor of the University of Arkansas. He succeeded Daniel Ferritor in 1997 after previously serving as the dean of Georgia Institute of ...more

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Homer Hickam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Homer Hickam Author, Writer, Engineer Homer Hadley Hickam, Jr. is an American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer. His autobiographical novel Rocket Boys: A Memoir, was a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller, is studied ...more

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Claude A. Swanson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Claude A. Swanson Politician, Lawyer, Teacher Claude Augustus Swanson was an American lawyer and Democratic politician from Virginia. He served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1893 until 1906, was the 45th Governor of ...more

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Chet Culver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Chet Culver Politician, Teacher Chester John "Chet" Culver was the 41st Governor of Iowa, holding the position from 2007 to 2011. He was also elected as the Federal Liaison for the Democratic Governors Association ...more

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Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Bruce Smith American football player Bruce Bernard Smith is a former American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was a member of the Buffalo Bills teams that ...more

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Robert Coleman Richardson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Robert Coleman Richardson Physicist Robert Coleman Richardson was an American experimental physicist whose area of research included sub-millikelvin temperature studies of helium-3. Richardson, along with David Lee, as senior ...more

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Pierson Prioleau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Pierson Prioleau American football player Pierson Olin Prioleau [PEER-sun PRAY-low] is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more

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Jake Grove is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Jake Grove American football player Charles Jacob Grove is a former American college and professional football player who was a center in the National Football League for seven seasons during the early 2000s. He played college ...more

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Robert B. Pamplin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Robert B. Pamplin Businessperson Robert Boisseau Pamplin was an American businessman and later philanthropist. A native of Virginia, he rose through the ranks of Georgia-Pacific where he later served as president and chairman ...more

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John B. McKay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
John B. McKay Pilot, Engineer John Barron McKay was an American naval officer and aviator in World War II, test pilot, and one of the first pilots assigned to the X-15 flight research program at NASA's Flight Research ...more

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Darryl Tapp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Darryl Tapp American football player Darryl Anthony Tapp is an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. ...more

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Robert C. Michelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Robert C. Michelson Scientist, Engineer Robert C. Michelson is an American engineer and academic widely known for inventing the entomopter, a biologically inspired flapping-winged aerial robot, and for having established the ...more

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DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
DeAngelo Hall American football player DeAngelo Eugene Hall is an American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He played college football for Virginia Tech, and was drafted with the eighth ...more

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Jimmy F. Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Jimmy F. Williams American football player James Franklin Williams, Jr. is an American football cornerback for the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League. He played college football for Virginia Tech, and was recognized as a ...more

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Lewis Binford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Lewis Binford Anthropologist, Archaeologist Lewis Roberts Binford was an American archaeologist known for his influential work in archaeological theory, ethnoarchaeology and the Paleolithic period. He is widely considered among the most ...more

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Thomas Davis Rust is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Thomas Davis Rust Civil engineer Thomas Davis "Tom" Rust is an American politician of the Republican Party. He is currently a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 86th District since 2002. ...more

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Matt Lohr is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Matt Lohr Farmer, Motivational speaker Matthew J. "Matt" Lohr is an American politician. Lohr served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006–2010, representing the 26th district in the Shenandoah Valley, made up of the ...more

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Jennifer Davidson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Jennifer Davidson Businessperson Jennifer Kate Stitt Davidson was an American businesswoman and Vice President of Cartoon Network until her death in 2007.

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Brian Baker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Brian Baker Mechanical engineer Brian Baker is the upright bass player for Last Road Bluegrass, an Easley SC-based band that plays traditional and gospel bluegrass. Brian also sings lead and tenor vocals. He has been a member ...more

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Jim Buckmaster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Jim Buckmaster Programmer, Businessperson Jim Buckmaster, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is an American computer programmer who has been the CEO of Craigslist since 2000. He was an undergraduate at Virginia Tech and studied medicine ...more

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Brandon Frye is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Brandon Frye American football player Brandon Lee Frye is a former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech. Frye ...more

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Shayne Graham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Shayne Graham American football player Michael Shayne Graham is an American football placekicker who is currently a member of the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Virginia Tech. He made his professional debut in May ...more

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Rob Wittman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Rob Wittman Robert Joseph "Rob" Wittman is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 1st congressional district, serving since a special election in 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The ...more

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Elsa Murano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Elsa Murano Elsa Alina Murano was the 23rd President of Texas A&M University. On June 14, 2009, Murano resigned as president of the university, effective June 15, 2009. Prior to being elected president ...more

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Aaron Rouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Aaron Rouse American football player Aaron Roosevelt Rouse is a former American football safety who last played for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round ...more

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John H. Walker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
John H. Walker Businessperson Mr. Walker was named CEO of GBC in November 2007. He is a member of the Audit Committee of Delphi's Board of Directors.

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Kevin Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Kevin Jones Coach, American football player Kevin S. Jones is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for six seasons. Jones played college football for Virginia ...more

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Bill Dally is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Bill Dally Computer scientist, Engineer William James "Bill" Dally is the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor in the Stanford University School of Engineering and past Chairman of the Computer Science Department at ...more

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Michelle Krusiec is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Michelle Krusiec Television producer, Actor Michelle J. Krusiec is a Taiwanese American actress, writer and producer.

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Richard Cranwell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Richard Cranwell Lawyer Charles Richard Cranwell is an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates 1972–2001, and was its Democratic floor leader 1991–2001. From ...more

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Newton Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Newton Lee Computer scientist Newton Lee is a computer scientist who is an author and administrator in the field of education and technology commercialization.

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Shashi Nambisan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Shashi Nambisan Civil engineer, Engineer Shashi Nambisan is currently a Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He has held various positions previously such as the director of the Center for Transportation Research and ...more

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Vincent Fuller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Vincent Fuller American football player Vincent Fuller, Jr. is a former American football safety that played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Eric Green is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Eric Green American football player Eric Denaud Green is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech. Green ...more

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James Anderson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
James Anderson American football player James Nathaniel Anderson is an American football linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the ...more

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Ernest Wilford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Ernest Wilford American football player Ernest Lee Wilford, Jr. is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia ...more

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Tyrod Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Tyrod Taylor Athlete, American football player Tyrod Di'allo Taylor is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was the starting quarterback for the Virginia Tech Hokies football ...more

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Matt Lehr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Matt Lehr American football player Matthew Steven Lehr is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech. He has also ...more

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John Engelberger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
John Engelberger American football player John Albert Engelberger is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia ...more