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The CHDP features in the Wallstreet Journal

Not enough workers can see the big picture beyond the screen in front of them. The Calhoun Discovery Program at Virginia Tech Honors College aims to teach students that problem-solving requires both sides of the brain.

Boeing CEO David Calhoun visits with students at the Calhoun Discovery Program at Virginia Tech last December.

Calhoun Honors Discovery Program Expo
brings together faculty, students and industry partners

The Calhoun Honors Discovery Program's Expo, the culmination of project development across multiple learning environments, brought together students from 15 majors with industry partners from Boeing, General Electric, Caterpillar, Association for Financial Professionals, Capital Youth and Empowerment Program, and Ithaka S+R to tackle complex problems. 

The CHDP Features on the Today with Hoda and Jenna Show

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The Calhoun Honors Discovery Program was featured in Today with Hoda and Jenna on May 5, 2021. Virginia Tech alumna Hoda Kotb surprises incoming Calhoun students, Emily and Sydney, with the announcement that they've been accepted to the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program. 

AFP Partners with Virginia Tech Program to Prepare Tomorrow's Leaders

Inspired and supported by Boeing CEO David Calhoun, The Calhoun Discovery Program prepares the next generation of leaders for the realities of today's workplace where teamwork, creativity and systems thinking approaches to problem-solving are as important as the specific disciplines learned in college majors.

How we collaborate: Calhoun Honors Discovery Program

In How We Collaborate, a new Virginia Tech interview series, Calhoun Honors Discovery Progam faculty share their secret sauce to interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, students, and industry partners. 

Katie Walkup, Michael Kretser, Shahab Sagheb, and Robert Smith collaborate as faculty members for the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program, an Honors College program funded by a $20 million donation from Boeing CEO David Calhoun. Photo by Melody Warnick for Virginia Tech.
Calhoun Honors Discovery Program faculty. Photo by Melody Warnick for Virginia Tech.
Dr. Katie Walkup outside of Hillcrest Hall at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Michelle Fleury.)
Dr. Katie Walkup outside of Hillcrest Hall at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Michelle Fleury.)

Dr. Katie Walkup Joins the CHDP

The Virginia Tech Honors College is pleased to welcome Dr. Katie Walkup, who will serve as the Collegiate Assistant Professor in Communication for Sociotechnical Systems in the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program (CHDP). Dr. Walkup is affiliated with the Virginia Tech School of Communication and the Department of English. In her career, Dr. Walkup focuses on teaching courses in technical communication, visual design, and digital rhetoric. 

The impact of the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program