VCU Engineering’s original hackathon.
Sept. 22-23, 2018
A contest to design a new app for an energy powerhouse.
Oct. 20-21, 2018
Students meet veterans’ unmet medical needs.
Nov. 3-4, 2018
Hacking solutions for a cleaner, healthier planet.
Jan. 26-27, 2019
A showdown of cyber- and cyber-physical security skills.
March 30, 2019
More than 120 undergraduate students — from first-year students to seniors — were engaged in multidisciplinary, long-term, large-scale research projects in 2018-2019 through the Vertically Integrated Projects program, or VIP@VCU.
VCU is a member of the prestigious VIP Consortium, which began with several U.S. universities and is now being expanded abroad.
The first VCU team, Collaborative Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), forms with 14 undergraduate students. Its adviser, Robert Klenke, Ph.D., is named program director. VCU becomes the only university in Virginia to belong to the VIP Consortium.
The program grows to three teams, including one on Engineering Critical Patient Care.
One team develops improved clinical biomechanical diagnostics for overactive bladder. The Medical Device Development and Prototyping team works on developing glucose monitoring and delivery systems, such as a long-term implantable biosensor. Another group creates a training app for anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.
Students develop a device to prevent doctors from leaving a wire inside the body during medical procedures and receive a patent on their invention.
Seventeen teams now exist with more than 120 undergraduate students. VCU School of Pharmacy becomes the first unit outside VCU Engineering to launch a team, Development of Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications for Surgical Planning and Training.
Kendra Gerlach, APR
VCU Innovation Gateway
VCU Massey Cancer Center