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Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and be of some renown.

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
Spokesperson, American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Virginia

Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia ...more

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Alex Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Alex Sánchez (born 1957) is a Mexican American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults. His first novel, Rainbow Boys (2001), was selected by the American Library Association ...more
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Jayma Mays is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Actor, Singer

Age: 39

Birthplace: Bristol, Tennessee, USA

Jamia Suzette "Jayma" Mays (born July 16, 1979) is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing Emma Pillsbury on the Fox musical series Glee, her recurring role as Charlie ...more
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Charles Camarda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Astronaut, Aerospace Engineering

Age: 66

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Charles Joseph "Charlie" Camarda (born May 8, 1952 in Queens, New York) is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who flew his first mission into space on board the Space Shuttle ...more
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Ben Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Bellaire, Ohio

Benjamin Frazier Taylor (born August 31, 1978) is a former professional American football player. Taylor was elected to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. He now teaches physical ...more
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Seung-Hui Cho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 23 (1984-2007)

Birthplace: Asan, South Korea

Seung-Hui Cho (조승희 in Korean, properly Cho Seung-Hui; January 18, 1984 – April 16, 2007) was a South Korean-born American permanent resident, who killed 32 people and wounded 17 others with two ...more
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Tony McNulty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 60

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Anthony James McNulty (born 3 November 1958) is a British politician who was the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Harrow East from 1997 to 2010. During his ministerial career, which began in ...more
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Jeff Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete

Age: 32

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

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
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
Educator

Age: 78

Birthplace: Altavista, Virginia

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

Age: 39

Birthplace: Halifax, Virginia

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John A. White Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 78

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
Author, Writer, Engineer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Coalwood, West Virginia

Homer Hadley Hickam Jr. (born February 19, 1943) is an American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer who trained the first Japanese astronauts. His 1998 memoir Rocket Boys (also ...more
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Claude A. Swanson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 77 (1862-1939)

Birthplace: Swansonville, Virginia, United States of America

Claude Augustus Swanson (March 31, 1862 – July 7, 1939) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician from Virginia. He served as U.S. Representative (1893-1906), Governor of Virginia ...more
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Chet Culver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Politician, Teacher

Age: 53

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202, + more

Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is an American politician who served as the 41st Governor of Iowa from 2007 to 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously ...more
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Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 55

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Bruce Bernard Smith (born June 18, 1963) 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 ...more

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Robert Coleman Richardso... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Physicist

Age: Dec. at 76 (1937-2013)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Robert Coleman Richardson (June 26, 1937 – February 19, 2013) was an American experimental physicist whose area of research included sub-millikelvin temperature studies of helium-3. Richardson, ...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

Age: 41

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Pierson Olin Prioleau [PEER-sun PRAY-low] (born August 6, 1977) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He ...more
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Jake Grove is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Johnson City, Tennessee

Charles Jacob Grove (born January 22, 1980) is a former American college and professional football player who was a center in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played ...more
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Robert B. Pamplin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: Dec. at 98 (1911-2009)

Birthplace: Dinwiddle County, Virginia

Robert Boisseau Pamplin (November 25, 1911 – June 24, 2009) was an American businessman and later philanthropist. A native of Virginia, he rose through the ranks of Georgia-Pacific where he ...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

Age: Dec. at 53 (1922-1975)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia

John Barron McKay (December 8, 1922 – April 27, 1975) was an American naval officer, World War II pilot, aeronautical engineer, and test pilot. He was one of twelve pilots who flew the North ...more
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Darryl Tapp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia

Darryl Anthony Tapp (born September 13, 1984) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (62nd overall) of ...more
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Robert C. Michelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Scientist, Engineer

Age: 68

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Robert C. Michelson (born 1951) is an American engineer and academic widely known for inventing the entomopter, a biologically inspired flapping-winged aerial robot, and for having established ...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

Age: 32

Birthplace: Rockville, Maryland

DeAngelo Eugene Hall (born November 19, 1983) is a former American football defensive back who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Virginia ...more
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Jimmy F. Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia

James Franklin Williams, Jr. (born March 8, 1984) is a former American football cornerback who previously played for the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League ...more