I've written before about Virginia Tech's focus on energy research and sustainability, even going so far as to say that the university's focus on these issues is a nice example of putting their money where their mouth is, with no outside pressure. And I believe that.
And appointments such as these lead me to believe it even more. Sure, Dr. Leo's appointment is one that is made to further the university's research advancement goals and bring in more money, but you can bet they'll be putting much of these initiatives in place right here on campus.
Kudos to Dr. Leo and Virginia Tech. Once again, Inventing the Future.