READ

Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni

Reference
17.5k views 290 items

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?”
1
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
2
Alex Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
3
Jayma Mays is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
4
Charles Camarda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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.
5
Ben Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
American football player
Benjamin Frazier Taylor is a former American football linebacker. Taylor was a linebackers coach for the Bridgewater College football team.
6
Seung-Hui Cho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
7
Tony McNulty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
8
Jeff Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete
Jeff Allen is a professional basketball player.
9
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
10
Mary Hatwood Futrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
Educator
Mary Hatwood Futrell is an educator.
11
Trey Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
12
John A. White Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
13
Homer Hickam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
14
Claude A. Swanson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
15
Chet Culver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
16
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
17
Robert Coleman Richardson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
18
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
19
Jake Grove is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
20
Robert B. Pamplin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
21
John B. McKay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
22
Darryl Tapp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
23
Robert C. Michelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
24
DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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
25
Jimmy F. Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni
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