The summer 2012 edition of Virginia Tech Magazine includes a diverse slate of feature stories, faculty and alumni profiles, and university news of particular note.

Is homeownership still a cornerstone of the American Dream? In the edition's cover story, Virginia Tech experts and alumni weigh in on the many questions facing a still-struggling U.S. housing market.

In the magazine's second installment of a series on the tech sector in the Roanoke and New River valleys, Virginia Tech alumnus Winston Samuels explains how his return to the region has greatly benefited his microencapsulation company, Maxx Performance.

As Virginia Tech seeks to ease veterans' transition from military service to the classroom, a number of efforts are under way to ensure that the nearly 200 student veterans on campus thrive in a supportive academic environment.

An alumnus profile of Brad Casper, who received a degree in finance from Virginia Tech in 1982, catches up with the new president overseeing all business and non-basketball operations for the NBA's Phoenix Suns.

And the latest installment of How Tech Ticks explores Virginia Tech's Central Steam Power Plant, which produces heat, hot water, and electricity, delivered through a network of underground tunnels and piping to about 90 percent of campus buildings.

Virginia Tech Magazine is available online.  Request hard copies by emailing Jesse Tuel, magazine editor.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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