Don't believe I've seen this mentioned here - VT students designed and built FutureHAUS, which won first prize at the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East, a competition launched by the United States Department of Energy and the United Arab Emirates' Dubai Electricity & Water authority to accelerate research on building sustainable homes.
Virginia Tech was the only American team in the contest.
I went and visited this weekend while it's set up in Alexandria (near Delray/Potomac Yards) and it was pretty awesome. The level of work and sophistication, using entirely OTS parts, was really impressive. A great look for the university and future VT recognition.