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Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1

    Michael Vick

    Spokesperson, American football player

    Age41

    BirthplaceNewport News, Virginia, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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

    #48 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#243 of 1,342 The Best Football Players Ever#18 of 86 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked

  • 2
    Novelist, Author

    Age64

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 (ALA), as a  ...more
  • 3

    Jayma Mays

    Actor, Singer

    Age42

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Bristol

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Andrews on the  ...more

    #20 of 26 26 Celebrities Whose Parents Are Teachers#30 of 33 33 Celebrities You Probably Didn't Expect To Be Cheerleaders#25 of 77 Celebrities Who Live in Los Feliz

  • 4
    Astronaut, Aerospace Engineering

    Age69

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 mission STS-114.  ...more
  • 5
    American football player

    Age43

    BirthplaceBellaire, Ohio

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 6

    Seung-Hui Cho

    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
  • 7

    Tony McNulty

    Politician

    Age63

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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
  • 8

    Jeff Allen

    Basketball player, Athlete

    Age34

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jeff Allen is a professional basketball player.  ...more
  • 9

    Edward J. Laurent

    Database manager, Editor

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 10

    Mary Hatwood Futrell

    Educator

    Age81

    BirthplaceAltavista, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mary Hatwood Futrell is an educator.  ...more
  • 11

    Trey Sheldon

  • 12
    Businessperson

    Age80

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 13

    Homer Hickam

    Author, Writer

    Age78

    BirthplaceCoalwood, West Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 14
    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 77 (1862-1939)

    BirthplaceSwansonville, Virginia, Virginia, USA

    NationalityUnited 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 (1906-1910),  ...more
  • 15
    Politician, Teacher

    Age55

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 served as the  ...more
  • 16
    American football player

    Age58

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited 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 Buffalo  ...more

    #3 of 96 The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time#10 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#19 of 28 The Best NFL Players With The Most Pro Bowl Appearances

  • 17

    Robert Coleman Richardson

    Physicist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1937-2013)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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, along  ...more
  • 18

    Pierson Prioleau

    American football player

    Age44

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 played  ...more
  • 19

    Jake Grove

    American football player

    Age41

    BirthplaceJohnson City, Tennessee

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 college  ...more
  • 20

    Robert B. Pamplin

    Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 97 (1911-2009)

    BirthplaceDinwiddle County, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 later  ...more
  • 21

    John B. McKay

    Pilot, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 52 (1922-1975)

    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
  • 22
    American football player

    Age37

    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 the  ...more
  • 23

    Robert C. Michelson

    Scientist, Engineer

    Age70

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 the  ...more
  • 24

    DeAngelo Hall

    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceRockville, Maryland

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 Tech  ...more
  • 25

    Jimmy F. Williams

    American football player

    Age37

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 (NFL).  ...more