Research Stories

VCU College of Engineering places final beam on new research building

Spectators cheered as a final beam — signed by students, faculty and members of the community — was hoisted into the air and placed atop the collaboration and advanced research hub set to open in late 2020.

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Engineering and pharmacy join forces to make inhaled medications more effective for children and infants

Pharmaceutical aerosols are painless, fast-acting and less likely to cause side effects than medicines delivered via pills or injections. Yet inhaled therapies are often avoided because of the challenges associated with targeting how aerosol particles are deposited within the lung.

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Q&A with Hong Zhao, Ph.D.

One of the research focus areas of Hong Zhao, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, is micro-nano manufacturing through inkjet and electrohydrodynamic printing.

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VCU named National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Virginia Commonwealth University has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Gupton named a Person of the Year honoree

B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., the Floyd D. Gottwald Junior Chair in Pharmaceutical Engineering and chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, is an honoree in the 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year program.

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Meet the 2019-2020 Wright Scholars

Meet the third cohort (the largest to date) of Wright Scholars, a remarkable group of VCU Engineering students dedicated to embodying the legacy of longtime benefactor C. Kenneth Wright.

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Kenneth Wynne, Ph.D., named Distinguished Career Professor

Kenneth Wynne, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, has been named a Distinguished Career Professor by the Office of the Provost of Virginia Commonwealth University.

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VCU will lead $50M study of traumatic brain injuries in military personnel

Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded a $50 million federal grant to oversee a national research consortium of universities, hospitals and clinics that will study the long-term impacts of mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions on service members and veterans.

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VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine aims to accelerate Richmond’s efforts to become a premier biotech hub

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Engineering and Medicine (IEM) is working to put Richmond, Virginia, on the map of cities known for biotech excellence.

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VCU College of Engineering to hold topping-off ceremony for new research building

The VCU College of Engineering will hold a “topping off” ceremony to mark a milestone in the construction of its new Engineering Research Building on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m.

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RamHacks 2019

Competitors armed with laptops, virtual reality glasses and extra-strong coffee entered the ring for a 24-hour coding showdown at VCU Engineering’s sixth annual RamHacks, held Sept. 28-29, 2019, at Engineering East Hall. 

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Q&A with Jennifer Puetzer, Ph.D.

Jennifer Puetzer, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the VCU School of Medicine, focuses on musculoskeletal tissue engineering.

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Meet VCU’s newest SMART scholars

A junior who built his first radio in ninth grade and a senior with a penchant for updating old-school computer systems are VCU’s newest recipients of the Science, Math and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship, an award established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to support the country’s top science and engineering students.

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The journal bringing the work of undergraduate VCU researchers to the world

When Marisa Wood was a first-year Honors College student at Virginia Commonwealth University, she took a rhetoric class built around the task of writing a comprehensive paper of original research.

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VCU Engineering unveils new Maker Garage

Faculty, students and members of the VCU Engineering Dean's Society were on hand for a first look at the college's new makerspace for students’ large-scale engineering and high-performance transportation projects.

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VCU is part of a national team seeking to improve health for patients with spinal cord injury

Carrie Peterson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in VCU’s College of Engineering, is researching how to improve health and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury who use manual wheelchairs — from childhood through adulthood.

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Cain Scholarship winner Samuel Adu-Gyamfi seeks to make an impact

Two of the first graduates of VCU Engineering’s chemical and life sciences engineering program, Julia Cain (B.S.’01) and Nicholas Cain (B.S. ’01), created the college’s first alumni-endowed scholarship in 2017 because they wanted to give back.

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VCU Engineering community engagement leader honored by Cary Elementary

Michael Powell, principal of John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond, described the scene when his students got the chance to build a catapult last fall.

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‘Alexa for chemistry’: National Science Foundation puts VCU and partners on fast track to build open network

D. Tyler McQuade, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, is principal investigator of a multi-university project seeking to use artificial intelligence to help scientists come up with the perfect molecule for everything from a better shampoo to coatings on advanced microchips.

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Five Virginia Universities Receive Internship Program Grant Funds

VCU Engineering received $200K from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Innovative Internship Fund and Program grant competition. The award will support the college's Tech Talent Internship Pipeline program, which aims to place 24 to 28 computer science and computer engineering students into new summer internship positions with employer partners. 

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Q&A with Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D.

Studying how light interacts with materials on the nanoscale is the research focus of Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.   

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Computer science professor to receive 2019 service award from the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

The IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) has selected Milos Manic, Ph.D., for its 2019 Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award.

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Intern’s work identifying malaria antibodies impresses researchers

Administrators at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, were so impressed with 2018 summer intern Tania Dobrescu that they invited her back to work in the same lab this past summer.

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Medicine in motion

How a group of VCU students created the PharmaCart, an invention that could make it safer and more secure to distribute medicine in hospitals

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Meet the class of 2023

Eight new Rams talk about their first weeks on campus. Main takeaway? The future is bright.

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New faculty and academic promotions

Six new faculty members have joined the VCU College of Engineering faculty to date in 2019.

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VCU Engineering appoints new director of makerspaces

As the college dedicates more square footage to active, collaborative design and fabrication, it has named Charles Cartin, Ph.D., as its inaugural director of makerspaces.

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Hooman Tafreshi, Ph.D., joins editorial board of the journal Separation and Purification Technology

Hooman Tafreshi, Ph.D., Qimonda Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at the VCU College of Engineering, has been named to the editorial board of the journal Separation and Purification Technology.

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How a VCU grad student is getting her degree in style

Shani Levit describes herself as curious and innovative. She loves exploring and tackling new challenges — two qualities that drive her passion for engineering.

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VCU Engineering appoints senior associate dean for academic affairs

Gregory Triplett, Ph.D., formerly associate dean for graduate studies and research in engineering, has been appointed senior associate dean for academic affairs in the VCU College of Engineering.

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Philanthropist and businessman C. Kenneth Wright, who helped transform VCU, dies

Kenneth Wright, a longtime businessman and philanthropist whose generous giving is credited with helping to build today’s Virginia Commonwealth University, died this week. He was 94.

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The gift that keeps on giving

Biomedical engineering faculty member and other scientists from the VCU’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research stand out among competitors for National Institutes of Health funding, thanks to significant donor support.

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Engineering M.D.-Ph.D. student Jefferson Overlin receives NIH award

Jefferson Overlin (B.S.’15), the first student accepted into a new dual M.D.-Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering, has received a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund his research.

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Leonard becomes College of Engineering’s Executive Dean

John D. Leonard II, Ph.D., formerly executive associate dean for finance and administration, has been promoted to executive dean of the VCU College of Engineering.

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The heat is on

An urban heat island occurs when a city has significantly elevated temperatures relative to surrounding rural areas. It should come as no surprise to Richmonders that the temperature within the city is higher. But temperatures can vary even within the city itself. 

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Streamlining pharmaceutical processes

The journal Organic Process Research & Development features a discussion between Medicines for All Institute leaders B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., and D. Tyler McQuade, Ph.D., about their recent article, “A Holistic Approach to Streamlining Pharmaceutical Processes.”

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VCU researchers gain insight into what makes a healthy cell stable

A team of researchers led by VCU College of Engineering and the University of Florida has found a possible mechanical explanation for how cell structure and tissue can be disrupted, which may provide clues into what happens in diseases such as cancer.  

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VCU Engineering faculty members receive Presidential Research Quest Fund grants

Three Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering faculty members have received 2019 grants through the VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund (PeRQ).

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The Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee (IEIC) welcomes new founding academic member Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

The Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee (IEIC), an independent committee that promotes internet diversity and resilience through the formation of new global internet nexus points, today announced that Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has joined as a founding member.

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State approves nation’s first Ph.D. program in pharmaceutical engineering

Virginia Commonwealth University will be home to the nation’s first Ph.D. program in pharmaceutical engineering. The doctoral program, a collaboration between VCU’s School of Pharmacy and College of Engineering, will focus on research and training students in areas of drug product development such as continuous manufacturing and drug-containing nanomaterials.

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VCU Engineering’s diversity and inclusion efforts recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education

The VCU College of Engineering has been awarded a Bronze award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program.

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Undergraduates from across the country train in mechanobiology research at VCU

Nicholas Toosi could have spent his summer working at his dad’s engineering consulting firm or at Pennsylvania State University, where he is a rising junior.

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Early experiences at VCU ignited Goldwater scholar’s passion for research

What makes engineering so fascinating to Anastasios “Tassos” Karles are the myriad problems in need of solutions.

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Computer science undergraduates conduct natural language processing research at Johns Hopkins University

Rachel Dorn, a post-baccalaureate certificate student in computer science, and Andriy Mulyar, a senior in the computer science department, are participating in Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) internships this summer.

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VCU Engineering poised to lead cyber network in Central Virginia

When the Virginia Research Investment Committee voted in June to certify four regional cybersecurity nodes, Virginia Commonwealth University took the lead in creating the Central Virginia component.

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Computer science researcher receives Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has received a 2019 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award presented by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of 125 Ph.D.-granting institutions.

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Two VCU Engineering faculty named fellows of American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Henry J. Donahue, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Professor and Distinguished Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).

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Start your engines!

VCU’s newest Formula-style race car is ready for action. Dubbed VCU02, it will go up against 79 other built-from-scratch racers at the 2019 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) international collegiate competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Biomedical engineering undergraduate conducting cancer research at Yale

Biomedical engineering major Kristin Kim, a rising senior, is a research fellow this summer at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) program at Yale University.

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Postdocs win Early Investigator Awards

Evan Buettmann, Ph.D., and Michael Friedman, Ph.D., both postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, have won Early Investigator Awards from the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health.

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VCU Engineering-based research to advance orthopaedic implants and clean air earn 2019 CRCF awards

Technologies for 3D-printed orthopaedic implants that promote bone formation and filters that produce their own bacteria-killing agents received 2019 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards.

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New NIH funding will support research into how the body responds to medical implants

A Virginia Commonwealth University engineering professor has received a $1.76 million grant to further his research on tissue healing and investigate how immune system cells control the body’s response to biomaterials such as a dental implant or hip replacement.

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Assistant professor receives 2019 Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine

Laleh Golshahi, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, has received the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM) Young Investigator Award for 2019.

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Michael Friedman, Ph.D., receives young investigator award

Michael Friedman, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has won an Alice L. Jee award from the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS).

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VCU collaboration with industry, universities, receives Virginia Catalyst grant

BrightSpec, a life science instrumentation company based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., the Floyd D. Gottwald Jr. Chair in Pharmaceutical Engineering and director of the catalysis lab at Virginia Commonwealth University, have received a grant from Virginia Catalyst for a project to use a new technology for pharmaceutical development processes.

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Faculty research on vaginal microbiomes and preterm birth published in Nature Medicine

Tomasz Arodz, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science, and Stephen Fong, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical and life science engineering, are part of an interdisciplinary team that produced two major studies published May 29, 2019, in Nature Medicine.

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Gabrielle Gurdin to present at Grace Hopper Celebration

Gabrielle Gurdin, a rising sophomore in the Department of Computer Science, has been selected to present at the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration.

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Computer engineering undergraduate wins Goldwater Scholarship

Anastasios Karles, a rising junior majoring in computer engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, will receive a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Announcing the 2019-2020 VCU Undergraduate Research Fellows

Several undergraduate students have received fellowships to work with faculty mentors from the College of Engineering on research projects for this summer and the upcoming academic year.

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Making Smart Cities Smarter

Population and urban resource records are found on clay tablets, papyrus, medieval memoranda — and file cabinets in city hall. For centuries, these data have been tallied and entered by hand. What if automation could overhaul this process?

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Congratulations, DERI fellows!

See the photos from the Dean's Early Research Initiiative (DERI) ceremony.

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Q&A with Mo Jiang, Ph.D.

Improving the process of manufacturing pharmaceuticals and other biochemical products is a major research focus area of Mo Jiang, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering.

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Pasta + red = learning: How this NSF grant recipient taught herself to succeed with dyslexia

Dyslexia is caused by a structural abnormality in the brain that causes the right hemisphere to be larger than the left. People with dyslexia learn best through hands-on techniques. With the right tools, they can overcome learning obstacles.

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Thea Pepperl, Ph.D., selected as Service-Learning Faculty Fellow

Thea Pepperl, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected by the VCU Division of Community Engagement as a 2019-2020 Service-Learning Faculty Fellow

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Biomedical engineering and cardiovascular medicine team receive major grant

Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Biomedical Engineering, and collaborators from the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center will receive a 2019 Collaborative Sciences Award from the American Heart Association to investigate a new treatment for cardiac sarcoidosis.

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From Data to Decision

Cities collecting data is nothing new. Vast records of population and resources exist on clay tablets, papyrus, medieval memoranda — and in bulging file cabinets in every city hall. For most of history, these data have been counted by people and entered painstakingly by hand.

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Meet mechanical engineering student Tyriq Clay from VCU’s TRIO program

Tyriq Clay is one of 41 students graduating this month who participated in TRIO Student Support Services, a federally funded program that helps vulnerable student populations navigate college.

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Class of 2019: Wendy Sun’s passion for medicine, engineering and inclusion leads to Yale

Wendy Sun’s academic career has taken her from Toronto, Canada, and New York City to Richmond and the Dominican Republic.

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Doctoral alum receives best paper award from Applied Spectroscopy

Ammon Williams (Ph.D. '16) has been selected to receive the award for best paper published in Applied Spectroscopy in 2018 on the topic of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS).

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Post-baccalaureate student awarded for best poster at women in computing conference

Rachel Dorn received the award for best poster at the 2019 Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing (CAPWIC) Conference.

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Doctoral student receives first place poster award at FiltCon 2019

Mohammad Jamali, a doctoral student in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, won top honors in the student poster competition at FiltCon 2019, the annual meeting of the American Filtration and Separations Society.

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VCU places second in Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

A student team from VCU placed second in the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, on March 28-30, 2019.

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Class of 2019: How Myles Boyd doubled down on his dream to earn an engineering degree

Myles Boyd came to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 to study engineering and ultimately go to medical school. It was a good plan, until two years later when Boyd hit an academic roadblock.

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Up to Code: Music major finds skills and inspiration in new computer science course for non-majors

On Friday nights, sophomore music major Thomas Levine loves to play saxophone at Emilio’s, the Broad Street club that’s a second home to VCU jazz studies students.

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VCU Engineering offers new undergraduate summer research programs

A year ago, Hayley Eicher, a biomedical engineering undergraduate student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had never worked in a laboratory environment.

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Q&A with Jessika Rojas, Ph.D.

A nuclear engineering expert specializing in nanomaterials and radiation-induced synthesis, Jessika Rojas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

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Gupta delivers keynote in Global Conference on Global Warming

Gupta spoke about past innovations in energy technologies and future clean energy.

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Scoliosis, seizures, desire to help others lead 14-year-old to study engineering

What do you do if you love engineering but you’re too young for a program that lets high school students research engineering at a college level?

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VCU’s Jordana Kron is searching for answers to a mystery disease

A disease that has no cause or cure, sarcoidosis affects people of all ages throughout the world.

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Capstone returns to the Stu

The big day is almost here: the 2019 Capstone Design Expo is Friday, April 26, 2019. Several Capstone Design teams have joint projects with VCU School of Business students. Presentations from VCU’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) teams will also be on display at VCU’s Stuart C. Siegel Center.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: Iron Meteorite Imaging System

A capstone design team at VCU’s Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is supporting NASA’s efforts to better understand an asteroid that may yield new insights into Earth’s mysterious core.

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Demo Day to showcase VCU students’ most promising startups and innovations

Entrepreneurial-minded Virginia Commonwealth University students participating in the Pre-Accelerator Program will present their innovations and startup ideas Friday, April 26, 2019, at a community event at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, 601 W. Broad St.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: Ambulance Drone for Overdose Response

A Capstone Design team is designing a drone that can deliver — and administer — a lifesaving injection to a person in the early stages of an opioid overdose.

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VCU creates Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Sciences

Virginia Commonwealth University has opened a Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Sciences. The new interdisciplinary center, one of few in the country and the only one of its kind in Virginia, is a collaboration between the university’s School of Pharmacy and College of Engineering.

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College students present more than 100 prototypes, designs at VCU Engineering expo

More than 100 engineering designs, prototypes, innovations and entrepreneurial business cases, created by engineering and business students, will be on display at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering’s annual Capstone Design Expo.

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MNE students receive scholarships from the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Nuclear Society

Mechanical and nuclear engineering students at VCU are receiving coveted awards from two of the country’s leading nuclear agencies.

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VCU hosts solar competition for middle schoolers

Virginia Commonwealth University will host Rams Go Solar, a solar car design and construction competition for middle schoolers, on Saturday, April 13.

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Senior academic advisor co-authors book on women of color in higher ed

Chavonn Reed, senior academic adviser for the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, is co-author of The Table: Stories of Black Women in Student Affairs.  The book is an anthology of trials and triumphs that 11 women of color encountered while working in higher education. It aims to fill a void in literature about universities.

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VCU invention improves solar cell light harvesting

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have developed a new material they believe could deliver solar energy at a lower cost. The innovation harvests sunlight using a more affordable material that could address a long-standing barrier to solar power’s viability as a cost-efficient energy source.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: Waterproof Osseointegration Covers

For a U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs above the knee, a Capstone Design team is designing and creating waterproof covers to protect his body while swimming.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: Box Turtle Tracker

Eastern box turtles, which regularly live to be as old as 100, have an almost unbreakable connection to their individual habitat. If their habitat is disturbed or they are removed from it, these turtles will often wander aimlessly trying to find their original home until they die.

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Q&A with Brian A. Taylor, Ph.D.

A medical imaging physicist, Brian A. Taylor, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a researcher at the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: DropLock

For those sheltering in place during an active shooter event, every second counts. Why, then, do the current door barricade systems require users to slot fussy metal parts together just-so in the heat of the moment?

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VCU students help Richmond high schoolers navigate the college application process

As a Virginia Commonwealth University freshman in fall 2017, Allen Shieh volunteered to give tips and advice as part of an introduction to applying to college session for Richmond students attending Open High School.

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VCU researchers create new silk material for biomedical uses

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, in collaboration with the University of Trento, Italy, have created fully degradable, flexible, silk-protein films that could potentially be used for biomedical purposes including tissue regeneration, biosensors and drug delivery.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: Wireless Neonatal Vital Sign Monitor

Newborn babies being cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit need to have their vital signs monitored continuously. Currently, monitors with wires and cords are bulky and present an obstacle for nurses who need to move the infant and parents who wish to hold their child.

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Q&A with Hong-Sheng Zhou, Ph.D.

Cryptography, with a focus on secure computing and blockchain, is a major research area for Hong-Sheng Zhou, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science.

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Doctoral candidate Xiang He receives award from Chinese government

Xiang He, a doctoral candidate in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, has been selected to receive a prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: Quick Release Rowing Assistive Grips

A Capstone Design team has created custom equipment to make rowing a safer sport for athletes with physical disabilities.

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Hong-Sheng Zhou, Ph.D., receives Google Faculty Research Award

Hong-Sheng Zhou, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has received a 2018 Google Faculty Research Award.

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VCU programs rise in updated U.S. News & World Report rankings

Three Virginia Commonwealth University schools already ranked in the top 50 climbed further up the U.S. News & World Report list of the country’s best graduate programs in the magazine’s updated rankings released today. Overall, VCU has graduate programs ranked in the top 50 in 19 fields, according to the publication.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: Dynamic Center-of-Gravity Display

When trains derail, specialty cranes are deployed to place them back on the tracks. These cranes carry loads as heavy as 200,000 pounds on terrain riddled with mounds and valleys. The risk of a tip-over is high.

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Capstone 2019 Highlight: Anthem Operation Dashboard

The electronic claims platform at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield processes tens of thousands of insurance claims per month — without the benefit of an effective monitoring system. To improve the performance of Anthem’s claims process, this Capstone Design team is building an operation dashboard that monitors run times and helps identify abnormalities.

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VCU Engineering’s newest building has a past

The industrial-chic brick building at 12 W. Cary Street, known to the community for decades as Grubbs Auto Service, will soon reopen as VCU’s Maker Garage. Here, students will design and build high-performance Formula SAE cars, Hyperloop vehicles and other pieces of transportation’s future.

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Q&A with Carrie Peterson, Ph.D.

Improving rehabilitation for individuals with spinal cord injury is a major research focus area of Carrie Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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2019 Women in Engineering Luncheon

Pamela Faggert, former chief environmental officer and senior vice president of sustainability at Dominion Energy, addressed a gathering of more than 100 at the 2019 VCU College of Engineering’s Women in Engineering Luncheon held Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 in Engineering East Hall.

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Multidisciplinary collaborations lead to advances in pharmaceutical synthesis

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University working together across several disciplines have discovered ways to speed up chemical reactions that could dramatically drive down the costs of producing pharmaceuticals.

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Nuclear engineering doctoral students receive best poster awards

Hunter Andrews and Dimitris Killinger, both doctoral students in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, received top honors in the student poster session, at the 2018 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo.

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New chemical and life science engineering Ph.D. program approved

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has approved a doctoral degree in chemical and life science engineering to be offered by the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University beginning in the fall of 2019.

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Professional Development for Engineers

VCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education is partnering with the VCU College of Engineering to offer a new short course: Introduction to Little Data: Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments.

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VCU students pitch innovative ideas to improve health, education and energy

To help low-income Latinx women more easily access prenatal care, a team of Virginia Commonwealth University students is designing an app that would allow them to communicate with a medical provider. The women also could use the app to access health information via educational videos on topics such as nutrition, blood pressure and antepartum depression.

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Medicines for All Institute develops new, cost-saving synthesis of anti-HIV drug

The Medicines for All Institute (M4ALL), which seeks to reduce the costs of manufacturing HIV/AIDS treatments and other lifesaving medications, has developed a new, efficient route to 5-fluorocytosine (5FC), a key starting material used in the synthesis of the anti-HIV drug emtricitabine.

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VCU Engineering faculty elected senior members of the National Academy of Inventors

Two Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering professors have been named to the National Academy of Inventors’ inaugural class of NAI Senior Members.

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Alumnus credits VCU as the catalyst for his success

Arzan Dotivala (B.S.’18) landed the job of wire design engineer at The Boeing Co. based in Seattle before graduating from the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. It’s a highly technical job that involves developing the architecture for the wiring systems of aircrafts.

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VCU Engineering’s billboard campaign begins

Look for familiar faces on your next drive or walk down W. Cary Street. VCU Engineering’s two-year billboard campaign is underway. The billboard is at 12 W. Cary, next to the site formerly known as Grubbs Auto Service (soon to reopen as VCU’s Maker Garage). The #EngineersMakeItReal campaign highlights the many opportunities open to Ram engineers.

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VCU College of Engineering to host the American Nuclear Society National Student Conference

More than 600 students and professionals from across the U.S. are expected at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) National Student Conference to be hosted by VCU College of Engineering April 4-6, 2019. This is the first time a university in Virginia has been selected to host this event.

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VCU’s DAR newsletter features Brian Campbell

VCU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) newsletter interviewed Brian Campbell, executive director of development for the College of Engineering, as its “DAR-ling.” Campbell shares what it was like to serve in the U.S. Air Force at a pivotal moment of history in Cairo, Egypt and how he feels about returning home to Virginia.

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Alumni Update: Isaac Rodriguez and SweetBio

Isaac Rodriguez (B.S. ’10; Ph.D. ’13) used his two biomedical engineering degrees to co-invent a product, a combination of Manuka honey, a collagen derivative and nanoparticles, which promotes tissue regeneration. Though his primary expertise is in the lab, since graduation Rodriguez has stepped into the world of business to bring his invention to market.

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VCU College of Engineering is in the news as Virginia prepares for arrival of Amazon HQ2

See who's talking about the College of Engineering.

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VCU and VUU to offer dual degrees in physics and engineering or chemistry and engineering this fall

Officials representing Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University have signed an agreement for the creation of three dual-degree programs. Beginning in fall 2019, eligible students at both universities can earn a dual bachelor of science in one of the following: physics and electrical engineering, physics and mechanical engineering or chemistry and chemical and life sciences engineering.  

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Richmond heat map project wins Smart 50 Award

Stephen Fong, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering in the VCU College of Engineering, has won a 2019 Smart 50 Award for an urban heat island community mapping project in Richmond, Virginia.

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Device created by VCU students could address issues with incubator covers for premature babies

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, Debra Hearington had seen her share of infants in isolettes — a special incubator for preemies that measures and regulates certain vitals, such as oxygen, temperature and humidity. And she had seen the frustratingly anachronistic covers used on these modern incubators.

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International award-winning technology protects the power grid by hacking would-be hackers

For hackers, the U.S. energy grid is a treasure trove of classified information with vast potential for profit and mayhem. To be effective, the power grid’s protection system has to be a bit like a hacker: highly intelligent, agile and able to learn rapidly.

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2018 Year in Review

A look back at the top stories and social media posts from 2018.

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Massey scientists develop world’s most advanced drug delivery system with the highest tumor-targeting ability

In pre-clinical studies, VCU Massey Cancer Center scientists have developed a novel drug delivery system using nanoparticles that significantly outperformed the tumor-targeting abilities of its predecessors. The researchers are hopeful their findings could lead to improved outcomes and reduced side effects for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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Tang studies nanoparticles as a means to develop more effective treatments for drug-resistant solid tumors

Christina Tang, Ph.D., designs novel chemotherapeutic systems in an attempt to gain insight on new drug combinations that could enhance the treatment of drug-resistant solid tumors such as breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.

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In the News: BME alumni startup is featured in RVAHub.

Grad students put medical school on hold to bring their startup to life.

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In the News: VCU is meeting industry demand for IT programs, says Dean Boyan in letter to Richmond Times-Dispatch.

A letter from Dean Boyan to the Richmond-Times Dispatch.

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In the News: The Top 5 podcast talks with MNE alumna Donielle Boateng

The Top 5 podcast catches up with Donielle Boateng (B.S. ’14), an mechanical engineering alumna who is now a senior project engineer with Honeywell in California.

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Jennifer Wayne, Ph.D., wins prestigious honor from American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Jennifer Wayne, Ph.D., professor in the VCU Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 H.R. Lissner Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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Engineering Student wins AIChE Award

Amanda Pham, a sophomore at VCU, has received the Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award. Pham is double majoring in chemical engineering and chemistry.

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Henry J. Donahue, Ph.D., named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Henry J. Donahue, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Distinguished Chair and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

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In the news: Richmond Times-Dispatch features Dean Boyan and engineering faculty on Virginia’s “cyber moon shot”

Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Dean of the VCU College of Engineering, discusses Virginia’s “cyber moon shot” to boost university research in cybersecurity and other high tech fields.

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Engineering for Virginia’s Workforce

The VCU College of Engineering is building Virginia’s highly skilled workforce. From industry-driven collaborations like Capstone Design to internships and co-ops that immerse students in the workplace — and keep them working in Virginia after graduation — VCU Engineering is partnering with companies to fill the skills gap.

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In the news: Richmond Times-Dispatch features engineer-turned-entrepreneur

Chemical engineering alumna Wendy Jiang (B.S. ’11), who co-founded Tablee, is featured in a Startup Spotlight.

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VCU’s newest graduates reflect on the moments that mattered

For nearly 3,000 Virginia Commonwealth University students, the commencement ceremony on Dec. 8 marks both the end of a journey and the start of something new. After years of juggling class schedules, late nights in the library, meetings with advisers and professors, and writing draft after draft of papers, graduation day is nearly here. They will leave VCU with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as a wealth of experiences and networks gained within and outside the classroom.  

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Build it and they will come

When Jenilee Stanley-Shanks, the director of government and community outreach for VCU’s College of Engineering, shows up at an elementary school, the kids know they’re in for a treat. In their minds, they’re going to be saving a house from catastrophic flood or becoming a real-life scientist who guides a robot through a maze. But what Stanley-Shanks is doing is sowing the seeds that will make kids pursue an engineering career.

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VCU researchers discover new insights into how droplets separate from fibers

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have uncovered new insights into the physics of how liquid droplets separate from fibers, and their discovery may have major benefits for industry, the environment and human health.

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In the news: NBC News talks with VCU Engineering’s dean and a computer science senior about Amazon HQ2.

With Amazon coming, Virginia schools look to boost computer education

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VCU research to be advanced on International Space Station

Henry Donahue, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the VCU College of Engineering, will be able to further his research into space travel health impacts when SpaceX launches its Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) as early as next week.

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School of Education facilitates STEM discussion with White House advisor

The VCU School of Education recently facilitated an informal discussion with Jeff Weld, Ph.D., senior policy advisor and assistant director of STEM Education in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. The meeting yielded valuable insights that can be applied to Weld’s new Federal STEM Education Plan, as well as ideas for a Virginia leadership group that is informing state-based STEM plans for the commonwealth.

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In the news: BME alum Alexandria Ritchie (B.S. ’18) wins first place in the rvAwesome Founders awards Student category

Alex Ritchie (B.S. ’17), Neil Haley (B.S. ’18), Arthur Chadwick (current junior) and Chandana Muktipaty (B.S. ’14) are among the six finalists in the rvAwesome Founders awards.

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Computer science and biomedical engineering projects take top honors in 2018 Dean’s Undergraduate Research Symposium

Year-long undergraduate research projects were presented in East Hall’s Qimonda Atrium Nov. 20, 2018, at the Dean's Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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Hyperloop at VCU team’s pod vehicle design passes first hurdle

The Hyperloop at VCU student team, which made history last year as a finalist in the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, has advanced past the first stage of the 2019 competition.

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Innovative Sternheimer Awards announced

Seven senior design teams whose projects demonstrate outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship will receive 2018-2019 Mark A. Sternheimer Capstone Design Awards.

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VCU Engineering’s marketing and communications team wins three top MarCom Awards

VCU College of Engineering’s Marketing and Communications team has received 10 MarCom Awards for 2018. The awards program, one of the largest, most-respected international creative competitions, is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

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Innovation by Milos Manic, Ph.D., and researchers from Idaho National Laboratory receives R&D 100 Award

Milos Manic, Ph.D., professor of computer science at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, along with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) researchers Todd Vollmer, Ph.D., and Craig Rieger, Ph.D., received the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award (Far West Region) for their Autonomic Intelligent Cyber Sensor (AICS). Manic also holds a joint appointment with INL.

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Doctoral student’s research showcased at Science Pub RVA

Mechanical and nuclear engineering student Sarah Morgan recently shared her doctoral research at one of Richmond’s hippest events: Science Pub RVA, an informal lecture and discussion series that takes place in local restaurants, bars and other non-academic venues.

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VCU team wins Virginia caregiver hackathon

A multidisciplinary team from Virginia Commonwealth University won first place in a Virginia competition called “Caring for the Caregiver Hack.” The team was made up of two seniors in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the VCU College of Engineering, graduate students in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the VCU College of Health Professions and graduate students in the VCU Brandcenter.

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Biomedical engineering postdoctoral fellow receives TRISH Fellowship

Michael Friedman, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in VCU’s Bone Engineering Science Technology (BEST) Lab, has received a two-year fellowship from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH).

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VCU College of Engineering hires Brian Campbell as executive director of development

Brian Campbell joins the VCU College of Engineering Nov. 15, 2018, as executive director of development. Campbell was selected after a nationwide search to find the right candidate to help increase fundraising efforts of this rapidly expanding college. He will lead the College of Engineering fundraising program, primarily through the coordination of major gift and annual fund strategies.

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Ivory Coast, VCU form partnership to improve access to lifesaving medicines

Officials representing Virginia Commonwealth University and the government of Ivory Coast have signed an agreement to train researchers in the West African country to develop high-quality pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities.

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College of Engineering researchers win second green chemistry award

Frank Gupton, Ph.D., the Floyd D. Gottwald Jr. Chair and chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, and D. Tyler McQuade, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering, have received a 2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Doctoral student’s research featured on cover of The Journal of Applied Physics

Research by Noor M. Farhan, a Ph.D. student in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, was recently featured on the cover of the Journal of Applied Physics. The Journal of Applied Physics is an American journal publishing significant new experimental and theoretical results of applied physics research.

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VCU receives NIH award to study mutation in heart disease

Seth H. Weinberg, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is using computational modeling to investigate a genetic mutation that can lead to sudden cardiac death. Weinberg is collaborating with Steven Poelzing, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI), on a project that has received a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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VCU College of Engineering offers post-baccalaureate certificate programs in cybersecurity and data science

The Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering will launch post-baccalaureate graduate certificate programs in cybersecurity and data science this spring. These programs are designed for the working professional to remain current or gain fluency in the ever-growing fields of cybersecurity and data science.

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‘She’s not going to let anything stop her’

Meet Sophia Entzminger, who has returned to VCU to complete a bachelor’s degree — a path she set off on more than 30 years ago. She enrolled in August along with her twins, Noah, who is studying computer science, and Mia, who wants to be a special education teacher.

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Pharmacy on Demand initiative moves forward

Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering researchers are pushing forward with an initiative, Pharmacy on Demand, that represents a fundamental change in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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Mary Beth (Bird) Knipper (B.S.’10) Wins 10 Under 10 Award

“I have always loved the adventure of moving,” says Mary Knipper, describing how her childhood as an “Army brat” became an adulthood that includes ethnographic research in Lesotho, a southern African nation.

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Get on board: Computer science senior Megan Charity offers users a better ride through virtual reality

As the sophistication of virtual reality (VR) increases, so does an old-school problem: motion sickness.

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VCU team places third in Biomedical Engineering Society Design Competition

A VCU College of Engineering team advised by Christopher A. Lemmon, Ph.D., won third place at the 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Undergraduate Design Competition.

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WeatherCubes: Thinking Globally, Measuring Locally

The conversation about climate change continues to heat up but it’s hard to translate global changes to something that’s relevant on a local level. The latest collaboration between VCU’s College of Engineering and the Science Museum of Virginia seeks to rectify that, building on a series of studies that focus on monitoring the environment right here in Richmond. Best of all, with the new WeatherCubes service-learning project, students get hands-on experience in life science engineering with immediate real-world benefits.

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New computing specialization offered to VCU undergraduates in all majors

VCU College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science is offering a new specialization in fundamentals of computing open to VCU undergraduates regardless of their school, college or major. To earn the specialization, students must complete four courses.

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VCU Engineering students lead the pack in powering the future

Virginia Commonwealth University students won the top awards at Dominion Energy’s first-ever Power the Future design-a-thon, hosted by the VCU College of Engineering, Oct. 20-21.

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In the news: Richmond-Times Dispatch

VCU Engineering’s dean is in the news. Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Dean of the VCU College of Engineering, was interviewed by Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Michael Martz for an article about university partnerships with the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).

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VCU launches ‘Innovation Challenges’ competition to solve problems facing education, energy and health

How can technology improve outcomes in K-12 and higher education? What is the future of electric vehicle charging in Virginia? And how can emerging technologies — such as the Internet of Things, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, cryptocurrency and artificial intelligence — improve the health of the Richmond community and beyond? Over the next month, teams of students at Virginia Commonwealth University will compete to provide answers to these questions as part of a new competition, VCU Innovation Challenges 2018, with a chance at $10,000 in prizes and services.

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Unmet needs in assistive technology and prosthetics take center stage at VCU College of Engineering’s HealthHacks Nov. 3-4, 2018

Students from multiple universities and disciplines will join veterans, healthcare innovators and mentors in the VCU College of Engineering on Nov. 3-4, 2018, for the third annual HealthHacks, a 24-hour problem-solving marathon. Student teams will create new ideas and innovations in assistive technologies and prosthetics for unmet needs presented by mentors from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans and rehabilitation specialists. More than 200 student participants are expected. Throughout the event, veterans along with engineering, medical faculty and industry professionals will be on-hand for mentoring, technical guidance and feedback on concepts.

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Making car batteries with biocarbon derived from corn?

Ram B. Gupta, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty research development at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering and a professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, is testing a method to convert a corn processing waste byproduct into a valuable renewable source to power the batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Braden Goddard, Ph.D., receives Young Former Student Award from Texas A&M University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering

Braden Goddard, Ph.D., assistant professor in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, has received a Young Former Student Award from Texas A&M University's Department of Nuclear Engineering.

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VCU College of Engineering selected to host 2019 IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School

The Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering has been selected to host the IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School June 2-7, 2019. The event, which is held on a different continent each year, will bring approximately 100 of the world’s top doctoral candidates in magnetics research to Richmond for a series of lectures on advanced topics in magnetism by international experts. This conference is funded by IEEE Magnetics Society, the National Science Foundation and VCU College of Engineering.

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VCU’s DAR newsletter features Philip O’Connor

VCU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) newsletter selected Philip O’Connor, executive director of the College of Engineering Foundation and Corporate Relations, as its “DAR-ling.” In his interview with DAR, O’Connor talks about handling rejection, places he likes to take his dog and why employers are eager to partner with the college.

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Students Develop Rapid Nicotine Test for E-Cigarettes

VCU students are designing tools that law enforcement officials could someday use to quickly detect nicotine in e-cigarettes being sold illegally to minors.

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Andy Hobson wins VCU Alumni GOLD Award

Andrew “Andy” Hobson (B.S. ’12) has a talent for planning events and programs that connect VCU engineering alumni, students, staff and faculty with members of the larger community.

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Hunter Andrews and Justin Bresson recognized in the 2018 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards

Two students in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering have received awards in the 2018 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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In the News: Richmond Times-Dispatch

VCU Engineering community members are making headlines. Leaders of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science were featured in a front-page story about cybersecurity in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Erdem Topsakal, Ph.D., serves on the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative’s executive committee.

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Supathorn Phongikaroon, Ph.D., to direct VCU's nuclear engineering education program

The VCU College of Engineering has named Supathorn Phongikaroon, Ph.D., director of nuclear engineering. A nationally recognized expert on nuclear waste minimization, Phongikaroon is an associate professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

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Fundamental research hailed as “new horizon” in hypersonic flight

Mohamed Gad-el-Hak, Ph.D., professor emeritus in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, together with investigators at the University of Peking, China, has revealed an aerodynamic heating mechanism that sheds new light on the behavior of ultra-high-speed aircraft. Their discovery comes as news outlets including CBS, CNN and the Washington Post are reporting on the tightening race among China, the U.S. and Russia for dominance in hypersonic systems, aircraft and weapons that travel more than five times the speed of sound.

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Richmond Inno’s 25 Under 25

Four recent VCU Engineering alumni — and one current student — made the top 25 under 25 list from Richmond Inno, which covers the innovation ecosystem in Richmond, Virginia.

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Record-breaking attendance and dazzling innovations at fifth annual RamHacks

The fifth annual RamHacks, held September 22-23 in VCU Engineering’s East Hall, brought together 320 students from universities across the region for an adrenaline-fueled all-nighter of designing and coding.

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Meet the 2018-19 Wright Scholars

The Wright Engineering Access Scholarship is VCU Engineering’s flagship scholarship program. It was established in 2017 with a historic $5 million gift from longtime benefactor C. Kenneth Wright. Wright designed his gift to help qualified students, especially nontraditional students, earn an engineering degree without dependence on loans.

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Research interns Rami Dahman and Angelica Sunga receive VMEC Gold Scholar Awards

Rami Dahman and Angelica Sunga, seniors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received Gold Scholar Awards for their research projects with the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium (VMEC) Summer Scholars Program.

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VCU Engineering hosts RamHacks, one of the nation’s top hackathons, Sept. 22-23, 2018

Who holds the No. 1 computer science hackathon in the U.S.? The Department of Computer Science at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, according to 2018 rankings by the official student hackathon league Major League Hacking.

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Cydney Dennis wins SREB award

Cydney Dennis, a biomedical engineering doctoral student, has won an Institutional Award through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program.

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Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts undergraduate research experience

A dozen undergraduate students from VCU and other universities around the country got the chance to participate in research related to mechanobiology of disease and nanomedicine at VCU Engineering over the summer.

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Biomedical engineering service learning course helps abroad and at home

Students taking a new service learning course at the VCU College of Engineering are gaining hands-on skills in repairing medical equipment to help patients in need, both locally in Richmond and overseas in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Engineering, arts and medicine collaboration creates 3-D training model for resident surgeons

Collaborators from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, School of the Arts and College of Engineering have designed a training model that provides surgery residents a new tool to practice their skills in the operating room.

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First Look: Meet some fantastic new VCU students as they settle into their first semester.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s newest students — all 6,000 of them — are settling into their first semester on campus. VCU News caught up with seven as they begin classes and build their routines.

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VCU College of Engineering welcomes 12 new faculty members

The VCU College of Engineering’s faculty continues to expand. The college’s 12 new faculty have added expertise in a wide range of fields that include cybersecurity, pharmaceutical engineering, biomedical engineering, and alternative energy. A number of VCU Engineering’s current faculty members have also received academic promotions.

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Engineering East Hall makes “50 Reasons to love VCU” list

VCU’s Spring 2018 alumni magazine published a list of 50 reasons to love VCU. Engineering East Hall, with its prime location for collaboration and fun, made the list.

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$3M grant will greatly expand STEM female faculty recruitment, retention and advancement at VCU

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.99 million grant to an interdisciplinary team of faculty women leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University that will increase the recruitment, retention and advancement of STEM female faculty across the university.

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VCU researchers explore strategy to give damaged muscles new life

Michael McClure, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, is developing a strategy that could allow a patient to regain use of a severely damaged muscle.

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Rebecca Walker wins NASA Fellowship

Rebecca Walker, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, has been selected for a NASA Fellowship Activity award.

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Justine Drobitch receives National Science Foundation-funded internship

Doctoral student Justine Drobitch will spend six months interning in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the 2018-19 academic year. Her internship is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) program. Her adviser is Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Robert Klenke, Ph.D., reflects on nearly two decades of teaching at VCU

The university asked Robert Klenke, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to share his experiences, favorite moments and lessons learned throughout the years.  

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All dressed up with somewhere to go: How this entrepreneur, transgender activist and RPI graduate lives life out in the open

Rhonda Williams (A.S.’68) has lived a life of dramatic change. She left Halifax County in rural Virginia after high school for the bustling state capital, Richmond. Over the years, she forged a career in the then-nascent field of software engineering, pursued a new path as an entrepreneur, came out as transgender and discovered new skills as an activist for diversity and inclusion.

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After Historic SpaceX Debut, Hyperloop at VCU Sets Its Sights on the Future

Cheers erupted from the grandstand when SpaceX officials announced they will host a fourth Hyperloop Pod Competition next year, shortly after declaring the winners of this year’s international competition in Hawthorne, California.

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VCU Awarded $1M to Engage More Students in Science, Regardless of Background

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected 33 colleges and universities, including Virginia Commonwealth University, for its 2018 Inclusive Excellence initiative, which aims to help schools find ways to engage more students in science ­­­— especially those from underrepresented groups, such as minorities, first-generation students and working adults with families.

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Fascinated by technology and drawn to art, Tammi Chen brings eye for detail to VCU’s Hyperloop quest

Mechanical engineering undergraduate student Tammi Chen was not interested in buying a miniature BB-8 “Star Wars” toy. She wanted a bigger one — a robot whose body could actually roll around. Teaming up last summer with a friend, she said, “We can totally build one. So we did.”

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Hyperloop at VCU: Meet the Dream Team

Get to know the leaders of the team that’s making VCU history!

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The business behind Hyperloop at VCU

No one eats pizza in Powhatan County when Harrison Powers is out of town. That may be an exaggeration, but pizza consumption undoubtedly declines when Powers — who has been the sole delivery driver for the county’s only Pizza Hut for the past three months — matriculates at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

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This Quidditch-Playing Criminal Justice Major Is Helping Build the Transportation System of Tomorrow

Samantha Kaputa is studying criminal justice at Virginia Commonwealth University with plans to pursue a career in law enforcement, maybe in the CIA or as a K-9 police officer. She’s also on VCU’s Quidditch team, playing the positions of beater and seeker.

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Team founder crafts vision for Hyperloop at VCU

Richmond-area orchid-business owner Art Chadwick knew that his son, Arthur, an astronomy enthusiast, had always been fascinated by SpaceX founder Elon Musk. But when Chadwick’s son, a mechanical engineering major in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, started talking excitedly about Musk’s futuristic transportation concept known as Hyperloop, he admits he was a bit lost.

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Scientist, Artist, Inventor, Dean: The Many Sides of Shawn Brixey

At first glance, Shawn Brixey’s lab looks like any other in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering. For starters, there are optical isolation tables, lasers, video microscopes, circuit board printers, oscilloscopes, and computer numeric control machine tools. It looks and feels a lot like a hybrid physics/engineering lab.  

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The Sprint to SpaceX: Inside VCU’s Dash to Beat the Clock — and the Odds — at the Hyperloop Finals

At 6 p.m. on the most beautiful Saturday in June, five sleep-deprived students hunch silently around a table as a fluorescent light hums overhead. A wrench or drill occasionally cuts through the quiet. But there are few words. Like athletes or surgeons, they know the task — and each other’s rhythms — well enough to speak in the shorthand of nods, gestures and eye contact.

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Hyperloop at VCU finishes construction of SpaceX Hyperloop competition pod

A Virginia Commonwealth University student team — part of an elite group of 20 teams selected internationally to advance to the final round of the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition this summer — today unveiled its fully constructed competition pod vehicle to the Richmond community.

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VCU Engineering’s Marketing and Communications Team Recognized at 71st Annual Virginia Public Relations Awards

VCU College of Engineering’s Marketing and Communications team received three awards at the 71st Annual Virginia Public Relations Awards on May 24. Each year, the Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recognizes outstanding public relations professionals and their work at the Virginia Public Relations Awards. The Public Relations Society of America is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community.

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Hyperloop at VCU students to unveil pod for SpaceX competition

Hyperloop at VCU, the student team competing in Elon Musk’s 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition finals, will unveil its self-propelled transport pod vehicle to the Richmond community before it ships to California for the July competition.

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VCU blasts into SpaceX Hyperloop finals

No one — not even Arthur Chadwick — could have known last summer that Virginia Commonwealth University had a shot of advancing to the finals of the 2018 international Hyperloop competition, the SpaceX-sponsored event that challenges university teams to design and build the best transport pod for Elon Musk’s high-speed ground transportation system.

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VCU College of Engineering holds groundbreaking ceremony for new collaboration, research and makerspace facility

University, business and government leaders gathered Tuesday, June 5, to officially break ground for the VCU College of Engineering’s new Engineering Research Building (ERB). Slated to open in 2020, the 133,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will transform the northeast corner of Cary and Belvidere Streets and serve as a collaboration hub to support advanced research, economic development and hands-on approaches to engineering.

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Biomedical Engineering Graduate Wins OZY Genius Award

Alexandria Ritchie, a 2018 biomedical engineering graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, is one of 10 OZY Genius Award winners selected nationally for her idea to develop a pressure-sensing epidural needle device.

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Fulbright Scholar Develops Technology to Bring Independence to People with Disabilities

When Shawn Joshi was 14, his brother suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Joshi was able to find technological solutions for the family’s day-to-day life, and has carried that idea with him to this day.

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Engineering Students, Recent Grads Spent Senior Year Tackling Augmented Reality

Cory Gray spent his senior year at Virginia Commonwealth University working with classmates from the College of Engineering and School of Business developing an augmented reality app for Newport News Shipbuilding. “The biggest thing I got out of this was project management,” said Gray, a recent computer science graduate. “I had to learn how to work with my teammates and, at times, manage them. Through this whole process, I learned about what kind of leader I am. Now that we [have come] to the end, I can reflect on that and think about how I can improve as a leader and a coworker.”

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UROP Spotlight: Using Zebrafish to Study Neuron Development

VCU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) gives undergraduate students a chance to conduct real-world studies alongside nationally and internationally recognized faculty. It often represents one of the biggest highlights of their undergraduate careers.

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Experts from VCU’s College of Engineering and Wilder School Explain Why Virginia Should Expand Distributed Solar Energy Usage

Distributed solar energy can provide at least 5 to 10 percent of the nation’s electricity demand, without causing negative impacts to the electrical grid or significant rate increases for consumers, according to new research by a Wilder School expert in alternative energy.

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Brandon Watts Will Be the First in His Family to Graduate from College. Here’s How He Did It.

Computer Science major Brandon Watts grew up in a home without internet. He nearly didn’t go to college — “I was looking at going into the military for a few years to pay for school,” he said. And he nearly didn’t go to VCU, only applying the day before the deadline at his mother’s insistence. 

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Alumni spotlight: Jose Ortiz

Once a computer engineering student learning coding and operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the lab of Robert Klenke, Ph.D., Jose Ortiz (B.S. ’08; M.S. ’10) now serves as the Avionics Technical Lead for Facebook’s Aquila project. Aquila, a solar-powered aircraft, seeks to bring the internet to remote regions of the world by beaming coverage from the sky. Ortiz said, “Facebook has provided a refreshing take to aeronautical engineering by allowing an environment where higher risks can be taken in order to create high impact systems to connect people.”

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Bridget McInnes, Ph.D., Named a 2018 Outstanding Faculty Mentor

Each year, the VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program accepts nominations from students for our “Outstanding Faculty Mentor” Awards. Undergraduate researchers are asked to identify a professor or faculty mentor who regularly goes above and beyond to create and engage students in research opportunities.

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Doctoral Candidate Lauren Griggs to Receive VCU’s Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment

Biomedical engineering doctoral candidate Lauren Griggs will receive VCU’s Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) on April 26, 2018. PACME Awards honor members of the VCU and VCU Health System communities whose extraordinary efforts have built civility, cross-cultural understanding and inclusive excellence throughout the university. Griggs will receive the 2018 PACME Student Award.

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VCU Engineering Researcher’s Study to Power Next Generation Optical Telecommunications Published in the Journal Nature

Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, is investigating methods to make information transfer across the internet faster through cutting-edge research called plasmonics. Plasmonics harnesses the interaction between an electromagnetic field and free electrons in a metal, often for use in sensing and information technology applications.

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VCU’s engineering school becomes the VCU College of Engineering

Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering is now the VCU College of Engineering. This change reflects the college’s increase in programs, research, faculty and student census, and supports its mission to advance a collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial engineering culture.

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Computer Science Major Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship for Research on the Internet of Things

Steven Hernandez, a senior computer science student, has received a fellowship appointment to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The award provides tuition and a stipend for up to five years. The fellowship program supports outstanding graduate students with “demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.”

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Engineering Student Researches Machine Learning Related to Language Processing

Clint Cuffy has always been interested in machine learning — the area of computer science in which computers use data to learn how to perform tasks, rather than being specifically programmed to do those tasks. But he lacked the opportunity to delve into the subject.

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NSF awards VCU a $1.2M grant to train math and science teachers for the Richmond region

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.2 million to a Virginia Commonwealth University scholarship program that recruits science, technology, engineering and math students and trains them to serve as secondary school math and science teachers in the Richmond region.

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VCU’s schools of Education and Engineering Receive Army Grant to Promote STEM Engagement in High-Needs Schools

VCU’s schools of Education and Engineering have received a $50,000 one-year grant from the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) to engage students from the Richmond region’s high-needs schools in the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) program. JSS is an educational program that challenges students to create fast, interesting, well-crafted solar vehicles.

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Students Present Innovative Prototypes at Annual VCU Engineering Design Expo

The Capstone Design course teaches leadership, teamwork and design skills in a collaborative environment and provides students the opportunity to develop and complete projects that may lead to product innovation for the benefit of society. Each year in the fall semester, student teams can compete for additional financial support for their projects through a generous gift from Mark A. Sternheimer.

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Hyperloop Team on a Mission: Build Pod for SpaceX’s Final Round of Competition

After advancing through two preliminary rounds to become one of only 11 teams in the United States and one of only 20 teams across the globe earning the honor to compete in the final round of SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition, the Hyperloop at VCU team is now in the final sprint to make their pod design a reality and get it to the final competition in California.

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Demo Day showcases VCU student-led startups as they compete for $25,000 in funding

A new kind of patio door system that can open as a French door or as a sliding glass door. A nonprofit funeral home serving Richmond. A phone application to assist children, especially with autism, assimilate to new health care environments through virtual reality. A catheter that is more resistant to bacterial infection. A dating service for people with terminal or chronic illnesses and severe physical or mental disabilities.

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VCU Professors Join Elite Biomedical Engineering Group

Three Virginia Commonwealth University professors have joined the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, an elite group that comprises the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers nationally.

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VCU’S NUCLEAR ENGINEERING GRADUATE PROGRAM IS RANKED NUMBER 24 BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

VCU Engineering’s nuclear engineering graduate program is ranked no. 24 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. VCU is the only university in Virginia with an accredited undergraduate nuclear engineering major concentration, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs in mechanical and nuclear engineering. VCU Engineering also offers the country’s only hybrid doctorate in mechanical and nuclear engineering.

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Manic Is General Chair and Keynote Speaker in Major Conferences

Milos Manic, Ph.D., professor of computer science, will be a general chair of the annual conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C. Now in its 44th year, the conference is expected to draw more than 1,000 researchers from around the world.

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From the Next Avenue news website:

People are talking about research being done at the VCU School of Engineering.

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Chemical engineering researcher will send experiments with foams and emulsions to International Space Station

James Ferri, Ph.D., professor of chemical and life science engineering, is part of an international team of researchers collaborating with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to send experiments on the behavior of foams and emulsions to the International Space Station (ISS). The team’s findings will be transferred to industry for applications ranging from medicine to food science to a world of consumer goods.

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VCU Engineering student team selected for 2018 National Academy of Inventors Student Innovation Showcase

The Brise-solette student team of Virginia Commonwealth University has been selected to participate in the 2018 Student Innovation Showcase hosted by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The VCU team is one of only six in the nation chosen to compete in the showcase, held April 6, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection in Washington, D.C. as the closing event of the Seventh Annual Conference of the NAI. Finalists were selected based on the novelty, potential benefit to society, potential for commercialization and technical feasibility of their technology.

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Gupton and McQuade to Receive ACS Affordable Green Chemistry Award

B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., the Floyd D. Gottwald Jr. Chair and chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, and D. Tyler McQuade, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering, will receive the 2018 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Affordable Green Chemistry.

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Leveraging Twitter Sentiment with Data Science: CS Researchers Design Systems for More Emotionally Aware Social Media

Three assistant professors in the Department of Computer Science (CS) in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering are developing algorithms that can help the online news and social networking service Twitter detect attitudes and feelings, and even identify hate speech. Bartosz Krawczyk, Ph.D., Bridget McInnes, Ph.D., and Alberto Cano, Ph.D., have designed a robust system to computationally determine whether a tweet is positive or negative. This process, called sentiment analysis, is valuable to marketers and political consultants. It is also used to monitor social phenomena and spot potentially dangerous situations.

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VCU Team Advances in Cyber Defense Competition

A student team from the VCU School of Engineering will advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Finals of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, the nation’s biggest student cyber defense competition. VCU’s team competed with 33 others for eight slots in the Regional Finals.

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VCU's schools of Engineering and the Arts partnered to screen film about movie star — and electrical engineer — Hedy Lamarr

Members of the VCU schools of Engineering and the Arts, as well as the community, gathered at the university’s Grace Street Theatre for a screening of “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” an award-winning documentary about about the legendary screen actress’ little-known — but important — contributions to science and engineering.

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VCU’s DAR newsletter features VCU Engineering director of marketing and communications

VCU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) newsletter selected Kendra Gerlach, director of marketing and communications in the School of Engineering, as its “DAR-ling.” In her interview with DAR, Gerlach reveals why she chose VCU Engineering, where you might find her on the weekend — and an art form she has been practicing since age three.

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Engineering Student Explores AI and the Allure of Travel During Semester-long Study Abroad in Scotland

Growing up in Virginia Beach, Corey Sutphin rarely ventured outside of the Hampton Roads area. In fact, a trip to North Carolina to visit his grandfather was the only time he breached the Virginia state line as a kid. His journey to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University was a near-epic one in the context of his youth, and he kept his travel to modest distances through his first three years in college.

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Computer science students land jobs with top tech companies

Graduation is months away, but computer science seniors DongChen “Jay” Guan, Stuart Geipel, Quark Wei, as well as master’s student Chase Greco (B.S.’17), already have job offers from top tech companies.

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VCU School of Engineering receives GO Virginia funding to support commercialization of pharmaceutical manufacturing technology

GO Virginia announced Feb. 13 that the VCU School of Engineering has been awarded a grant intended to spur economic development across the region. The $500,000 grant will support commercialization efforts to implement FDA-approved, sustainable pharmaceutical manufacturing in Virginia using innovative, low-cost technologies while also increasing the highly skilled workforce needed to support the pharmaceutical industry.

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Doctoral Student Daniel Bond’s Research Will Help NASA Improve Protective Materials for Deep Space Travel

Research by Daniel Bond, a doctoral student in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, will help NASA engineer better barriers against the much-higher radiation levels astronauts will face in deep space. As the agency prepares to send crews beyond Earth’s lower orbit, it needs spacecraft that protect against strong space radiation.

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VCU Engineering is expanding: announcing VCU’s new Engineering Research Building

A state-of-the-art research building slated to open at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering in 2020 will significantly expand the school’s laboratory capacity and serve as a collaboration hub with large areas of open space.

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Jayasimha Atulasimha, Ph.D., Is Named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Jayasimha Atulasimha, Ph.D., Qimonda Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). One of the oldest engineering societies, ASME is active in 158 countries. Fellowship is conferred on approximately three percent of ASME members.

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VCU Team One of 20 Selected Internationally for 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Finals

Hyperloop at VCU, a student organization devoted to designing and building a transportation pod for SpaceX's 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition, has advanced to the final round this summer. The competition challenges university teams to design and build the best transport pod for Hyperloop, a high-speed ground transport concept being advanced by SpaceX founder Elon Musk. The primary criterion is achieving maximum speed with the self-propelled pod vehicle.

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For students in VCU’s Pre-X program, no idea is too big or too small

David Vu, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in VCU’s School of Pharmacy, is taking part in Pre-X as he develops a mobile application to help children, especially those with autism, to assimilate to health care environments by using virtual reality.

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VCU Engineering Professor Receives Governor’s Highest Award for Teaching Excellence

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering, is a recipient of the 2018 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award.

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VCU Researcher Develops Advanced Alternative to Glaucoma Eye Drops

Hu Yang, Ph.D., Qimonda Professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering at the VCU School of Engineering, is developing novel medication formulations through nanotechnology that could help glaucoma patients preserve their eyesight. Yang is working on systems to deliver a sustained release of medication that can be applied to the eye so patients would no longer need to use eye drops several times a day. “We had some very exciting results,” he said of one such formulation. One dose may be effective for four days, rather than only several hours, he said.

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Daniel Conway, Ph.D., Receives Biomedical Engineering Society CMBE Rising Star Award

Daniel Conway, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the VCU School of Engineering, received the Rising Star Award at the 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society - Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (BMES-CMBE) Conference. The Rising Star Award designates exceptional early career principal investigators. Conway was one of eight awardees selected internationally.

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Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D., Receives Air Force Research Award to Study How Light Interacts with — and Changes — Materials

Lasers, Blu-ray players and Google cars are just a few of the technologies that operate using light waves. Specialty materials with enhanced optical properties can streamline the design of these and other devices and make them work more efficiently. With an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) grant, Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is conducting research to develop optically enhanced materials.

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Cool Runnings: For MNE Alumnus Brad Trevillian (B.S.’06), Internships and Capstone Set a Path for Leadership with Trane

Today, Brad Trevillian (B.S.’06) oversees a $500 million revenue stream for air conditioning giant Trane. He said VCU’s engineering program gave him a solid foundation in keeping things cool — and making it real.

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Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Student Presents at Conference

Patrick Link, a doctoral student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, recently presented his research at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Americas (TERMIS-AM) annual conference and exhibition.

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Robert J. Mattauch, Ph.D., Receives IEEE’s 2018 Microwave Pioneer Award

Robert J. Mattauch, Ph.D., dean emeritus of the VCU School of Engineering and the founding chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2018 Microwave Pioneer Award of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S).

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VCU Hyperloop Team Makes It to Final Round of SpaceX Competition

VCU’s new student Hyperloop team has made it to the final round and will be competing in SpaceX's 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition this summer.

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Designed by VCU Students, App for Expectant Mothers with Chronic Illnesses Ranks Highly in Major Innovation Competition

A team of Virginia Commonwealth University students is designing an app for expectant mothers with chronic illnesses. The app will allow the expectant mothers to share health care data and communicate with their doctors about symptoms and issues of concern.

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Engineering and Dentistry Researchers Harness the Mouth’s Own Cellular Structures to Regenerate Oral Tissues in NIH-Funded Project

VCU faculty in Engineering and Dentistry are developing a better way to regenerate oral tissues in patients suffering from gum diseases or trauma to the mouth. Principal investigator Zhao Lin, B.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of periodontics in the School of Dentistry, leads an interdisciplinary team working to harness the mouth’s own naturally occurring cellular structures to regenerate gum and bone tissue.

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A Meeting of the Minds: Thought Leaders Converge at VCU’s Inaugural Medicines for All Summit

The inaugural Medicines for All Summit convened leaders from academia, industry, government and nonprofits to advance an urgent goal: increasing access to global health care to save more lives.

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VCU Engineering Team Wins National BMES Design Competition

A VCU School of Engineering team won first place in the national 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Undergraduate Design Competition.  

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VCU School of Engineering Opens NSF-Funded Magnetic Nanomaterial Characterization Equipment

Magnetic nanomaterials are many times smaller than a pinpoint, but punch well above their weight. These structures are one one-billionth of a meter in size, but have a number of industrial applications — ranging from improving magnetic resonance imaging to destroying cancer cells. They are made of magnetic materials such as iron, nickel and the solid chemical element gadolinium.

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BME, CLSE and CS Students Receive Awards at Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Initiative (DURI) Symposium showcased the work of juniors and seniors who have completed rigorous, year-long research fellowships in VCU’s engineering labs. The Nov. 22, 2017, symposium took place in the School of Engineering East Hall Qimonda Atrium and featured conference-style poster presentations. Biomedical engineering major Alexandria Ritchie, computer science major Clint Cuffy and chemical and life science engineering major Tien Vuong took top honors.

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VCU and VCU Health Experts: Bill Gates’ $100M Alzheimer’s Pledge Is a Chance to Better Coordinate Research Efforts

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates pledged $100 million to further research efforts for Alzheimer’s disease last month. Gates is making a personal $50 million investment in the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital fund that studies the disease, while another $50 million will be devoted to startup ventures researching Alzheimer’s.

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Meet some of the talented students who graduated from VCU in December

While you are more likely to see holiday cards than graduation cards lining gift shop shelves this time of year, December is graduation season for the more than 2,200 students who will receive degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University later this week. Here we highlight a few of the many stellar students who are saying goodbye to their time at VCU and moving forward to promising futures.

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VCU Innovates annual reception honors B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D.

Frank Gupton, Ph.D., the Floyd D. Gottwald Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, was honored with the 2017 Billy R. Martin Award for Innovation at the annual VCU Innovates reception Nov. 30. “We seek to obtain distinction for research that advances knowledge and equally importantly enhances the quality of life,” said Frank Macrina, Ph.D., vice president for research, who presented the award. “Today we honor a faculty member whose research epitomizes this theme.”

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West Hall Wins Cook-Off!

Competition was fierce at the 5th annual Battle of Belvidere cook-off. Volunteer faculty and staff chefs duked it out for bragging rights for culinary superiority — and West Hall took home the trophy! The winning dishes were macaroni and cheese, tom yum fried rice and buckeye candy. The event on Dec. 4 raised more than $600 for the Virginia State Employee Assistance Fund as part of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC).  

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VCU launches newly expanded pre-accelerator program, called VCU Pre-X, to better support student innovators and entrepreneurs

The da Vinci Center at Virginia Commonwealth University is looking for entrepreneurial and innovative students, as well as mentors from the Richmond area’s business community, to take part in a newly expanded and revamped pre-accelerator program that helps VCU students turn their promising ideas into viable startup companies.

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Study Coauthored by René Olivares-Navarrete, D.D.S., Ph.D., Featured in The Atlantic

Research by René Olivares-Navarrete, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Amanda Dickinson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biology, is featured in The Atlantic. Their study finds use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects of the oral cavity and face.

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Inspired to Change the World at Clinton Global Initiative University

Mashaba Rashid, a biomedical engineering student at the VCU School of Engineering, returned from the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at Northeastern University Oct. 13-15, 2017, inspired and energized to make a difference in the world.  

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B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., Featured on KTEP in El Paso, Texas

B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., Floyd D. Gottwald Chair and chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, spoke with National Public Radio affiliate KTEP about his research. Gupton, who is also founder of the Medicines for All Institute, discussed new technologies that will streamline the production of pharmaceutical active ingredients (APIs) for medications.

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Course Offerings, Plus a Gift from Rockwell Automation, Help VCU Prepare Students for Major Workforce Need

VCU’s School of Engineering is expanding its curriculum and resources to prepare students for a critical workforce need: automation and controls engineering. A gift from Rockwell Automation — the second in two years — has provided classroom workstations to support instruction in this key area.

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Vaping while pregnant could cause craniofacial birth defects, a Virginia Commonwealth University study shows

Using e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects of the oral cavity and face, according to a recent Virginia Commonwealth University study. The findings, published in the journal PLOS in late September, add to growing scientific evidence suggesting that e-cigarettes pose health risks despite being widely considered a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

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VCU School of Engineering Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., Named Rice University’s Distinguished Bioengineering Alumna for 2017

Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair and dean of the VCU School of Engineering, has received Rice University’s Distinguished Bioengineering Alumna Award for 2017.

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STEM Day with NASA at Pole Green Elementary School

When students at Pole Green Elementary School in Mechanicsville, Virginia, recently spoke with the NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station, Ram engineers were on hand to help with a full day of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons and activities throughout the day.

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Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) Awards $250,000 for Development of Six New Products for Pediatric Patient Care

Awardees of the 2017 Seventh Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition include devices for non-surgical eardrum repair, reducing infant mortality in low resource environments, treatment of amblyopia, low-pressure finger cuff continuous noninvasive monitoring of infant blood pressure, decreasing incidence of unplanned teenage pregnancy, and improving intracranial pressure monitor for hydrocephalus

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An archaeologist, a brewmaster and an engineer walk into a bar...

A university, a historical foundation and a brewery seem like an unlikely alliance. Unless, that is, you’re attempting to recreate America’s first beer. The university? Virginia Commonwealth University, specifically its School of Engineering and Stephen Fong, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical and life science engineering. Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, whose archeologists recently excavated a brewery from the 1600s, is the historical component.

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Just in Time for Cyber-Shopping Season: VCU Computer Scientists on Cybersecurity

In the cyber world, distance becomes irrelevant. Someone on the other side of the planet can monitor your online activities as easily as a nefarious criminal can quietly look over your shoulder at an ATM. What’s more, others can manipulate your activities. Almost daily advances in technology continue to make the world smaller and blur the differences between man and machine. Individuals, organizations — and even countries — must remain vigilant.

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MNE Major Is Part of VCU’s Qatar Leadership Exchange Program

Zaid Shaikh, a junior in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, was part of an interdisciplinary group of VCU students to travel the roughly 7,000 miles from Richmond t0 Doha as part of VCU’s Qatar Leadership Exchange Program. “The hospitality, the culture and the sense of going somewhere new and experiencing leadership and [different] constructs than what we may have here — it’s a different life,” he said. But not as different as he expected.

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HealthHacks: Problem solving and Prototyping

From a child-sized wheelchair to a medical records system that can be accessed without WiFi, students from multiple universities and disciplines came up with solutions to unmet needs at the second annual health care-themed hackathon. HealthHacks, held Nov. 4-5, 2017, focused on pediatric and global health issues.

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VCU School of Engineering Foundation Purchases Former Auto Shop for Makerspace

The VCU School of Engineering Foundation recently purchased the former Grubbs’ Auto Service property at 12 W. Cary St. The 57-year-old building is slated to be refurbished and opened in spring 2018 as a makerspace for student projects and student vehicle performance teams.

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ECE Student Takes on Hundreds of Challenges — and Thousands of Competitors — to Win a CyberStart Scholarship

Computer engineering major Erwin Karincic has received a SANS Institute’s CyberStart 2017 Scholarship, one of the region’s most competitive awards. Karincic placed third among the nearly 4,000 students from Virginia and six other states competing in the scholarship challenge.

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ECE Doctoral Student Pursues Avocation as Guide Runner

When doctoral student Freddy Derenthal is not in the lab, you may find him training alongside an athlete with visual impairments. As a guide runner, Derenthal helps runners with disabilities compete at their highest level. Guide running, which he started a year ago, has expanded him as an athlete — and inspired him as an engineer.

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Isaac Rodriguez, Ph.D., (M.S. ’10 / Ph.D. ’13) Wins 10 Under 10 Award

Isaac Rodriguez, Ph.D. (M.S. ’10 / Ph.D. ’13), is one of this year’s VCU Alumni 10 Under 10 recipients. The awards program honors alumni who earned their first VCU degree within the past 10 years and have enjoyed remarkable professional success, made important contributions to their community and loyally supported the university.

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VCU Students Invent an Entirely New Kind of Patio Door

Matthew Sozio was helping his lifelong friend and fellow Virginia Commonwealth University student Neil Hailey move into a house on Park Avenue when they discovered Hailey’s couch was not going to fit easily through the patio door. Sozio, a Master of Product Innovation student, and Hailey, a junior mechanical engineering major in the School of Engineering, started tossing around ideas about how they might address the common problem of moving furniture that doesn’t easily fit through a standard sliding patio door.

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More women are seeking STEM-related degrees at VCU, university says

More women are seeking STEM program degrees at VCU, according to VCU News. “We have excelled at recruiting women into all aspects of engineering,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair in Biomedical Engineering and dean of the VCU School of Engineering. “The number of women in STEM fields has been on a consistent growth curve since I joined VCU in 2013.”

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P. Worth Longest, Ph.D., Named Louis S. and Ruth S. Harris Exceptional Scholar Professor in MNE

P. Worth Longest, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the Louis S. and Ruth S. Harris Exceptional Scholar Professor in VCU’s Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department. The Louis S. and Ruth S. Harris Exceptional Scholar Professorship was donated by Louis and Ruth Harris with the intent of attracting and retaining eminent scholars to Virginia Commonwealth University.

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VCU School of Engineering Hosts Health Care-Themed Hackathon Nov. 4 - 5, 2017

Health care innovators will join students from multiple universities and disciplines at the VCU School of Engineering Nov. 4-5, 2017, for HealthHacks 2017. Pediatric and global health issues are the focus of this second-year intense problem-solving and prototyping event. The anticipated 160 student participants will be supported by physicians and clinicians, engineering faculty and industry mentors.

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VCU Sets Alumni on Path of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technology

VCU School of Engineering alumni Luke Libraro and Skylar Roebuck are cofounders of Rocket Wagon, a rapidly growing Internet of Things consultancy firm based in Chicago. Rocket Wagon’s focus, IoT, is red-hot. Through the addition of sensors to objects, “we create new data, opportunities and experiences that allow us to completely re-imagine businesses and unlock opportunities for our clients,” said Roebuck, the chief digital officer. “At Rocket Wagon, we do this every day — we're makers who create products that transform entire industries.”

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Lewinski Wins 35 Under 35

Nastassja Lewinski, Ph.D., 33, assistant professor of chemical and life science engineering, has won an American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 35 Under 35 Award. The outstanding young professional AIChE members were honored for making significant contributions to the organization and to the chemical engineering profession. Lewinski was featured in Chemical Engineering Progress Magazine.

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ECE Alum Fahad Saif Harhara, Ph.D., Named VCU School of Engineering Alumni Star for 2017

Fahad Saif Harhara, Ph.D., who earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering in 2000, has been named the VCU School of Engineering Alumni Star for 2017. VCU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations recognizes one Alumni Star per school for extraordinary achievements and contributions to the field. He and the other Alumni Stars will be honored at a reception Nov. 3, 2017, at the Science Museum of Virginia.

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First Recipients of VCU’s Wright Engineering Access Scholarship Traveled Many Paths to One Destination: Engineering Excellence

The inaugural 19 recipients of VCU’s Wright Engineering Access Scholarship represent many backgrounds and engineering disciplines. They have one thing in common: a place in the school’s history. This first cohort of the new flagship scholarship program includes first-generation college students, transfers to VCU, immigrants to the U.S. and a single custodial father of four.

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VCU Engineering Teams Up with National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to 'Make It Real' for a Young Inventor

VCU’s School of Engineering recently opened its laboratories to a younger-than-usual engineer:  11-year-old aspiring inventor Evan Washo. The school organized his Day of Engineering in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF). NPCF initially called VCU to request a mentor for Washo for Fashion Funds the Cure, in which children battling cancer walk the runway dressed as what they want to be when they grow up.

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At Entrepreneurship Academy in Italy, VCU Students’ Innovative Startups Rank among the Top 10

Students in the VCU da Vinci Center’s Master of Product Innovation program traveled to Italy over the summer to participate in the European Innovation Academy, a program that draws 600 entrepreneurial students from 70 different countries to work in teams that develop promising startup concepts, develop a business and build a prototype — all in three weeks. Two of the teams that included VCU students were ranked among the top 10 of all participants.

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From the Richmond-Times Dispatch

People are talking about the VCU School of Engineering. Check out this article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the opening of the school’s virtual reality lab.

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VCU Researchers Study Space Radiation’s Impacts on Bone and Muscle Health

New research by Henry J. Donahue, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Engineering Foundation Professor at the VCU School of Engineering, suggests that space radiation may cause astronauts in outer space to lose additional bone, but not more muscle. The findings raise intriguing questions about the relationship between bone and muscle, especially for humans on Earth dealing with age-related bone and muscle loss.

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VCU School of Engineering welcomes 16 new faculty members for 2017-18

The addition of 16 new teaching and research faculty members this academic year increases full-time faculty in the School of Engineering to 109, which is among the largest expansions since the school’s founding in 1996. Instructional and research specialties include pharmaceutical engineering, robotics, nanomaterials, polymer chemistry, additive manufacturing, tissue engineering and nuclear engineering design.

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VCU Engineering Boosts Percentage of Women in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering

“Stereotype threat” is a self-fulfilling phenomenon in which people — usually women and minorities — think they are at risk of being negatively stereotyped and end up conforming to those very stereotypes. Studies have shown that even mentioning gender caused girls to perform worse than boys on math tests, said Lorraine Parker, Ph.D., the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering director of diversity and student programs.

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Computer Science Virtual Reality Lab Opening this Friday (Sept, 15, 2017)

The Department of Computer Science cordially invites you to the opening of the new Virtual Reality (VR) Lab directed by professor Milos Manic, Ph.D.

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Biomedical Engineering Major Megan Dell Gains Hands-on Medical Training in Italy

Megan Dell found herself on top of the largest church in the world, taking in a breathtaking view of the capital of Italy, filled with thousands of years of history and architectural wonders. The VCU women’s soccer senior defender and biomedical engineering student was finally getting the experience she always wanted, a three-week study abroad trip to Italy. “I’ve always wanted to study abroad,” Dell said. “So my big thing was how am I going to fit in studying abroad into my schedule? As an engineer I can’t do it once my eligibility is up in the spring because I have to finish my senior design project, so I had to do it during the summer.”

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Researchers Help Unlock the Molecular Origins of Alzheimer’s Disease

A “twist of fate” that is minuscule even on the molecular level may cause the development of Alzheimer’s disease, VCU researchers have found. Observations of molecules called monomers, which are present in the brain, have revealed valuable insights into the disease’s pathway. Monomers resemble a chain in which each of the links is one of 20 amino acids, the building blocks of essential proteins. Problems arise when these monomer chains repeatedly stack on top of one another to form harmful atypical amyloid fibrils, which are long, string-like structures.

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B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., to Be Featured at Eighth Annual Conference on Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Virginia Commonwealth University will host the eighth annual Conference on Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa, which will bring together academic researchers, business professionals and government officials from around the world. The conference, “The Big Emerging Continent: The Rise of Africa – Challenges and Opportunities,” is sponsored by the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society and the Center for International Business Advancement in the VCU School of Business. It will be held Oct. 4-7.

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Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., Receives University Award of Excellence

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has received the University Award of Excellence. The annual award recognizing one of VCU’s approximately 2,300 faculty members for superior teaching, scholarship and service is among the highest honors the university can bestow. Bandyopadhyay is the first recipient from the School of Engineering.

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A New Spin: VCU Researchers Leverage the Rotation Properties of Electrons to Build Better Devices

Two researchers in the VCU School of Engineering are harnessing the spin properties of electrons to design more efficient technologies. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jayasimha Atulasimha, Ph.D., Qimonda Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, are creating novel systems that exploit electron spin to improve device functionality, a process called spintronics.

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VCU Team’s Energy-Saving Magnetic Data Storage Process Attracts Investor Funding

The era of cloud computing and big data has put a premium on storing more information in ever-smaller packets. A research team in the VCU School of Engineering is meeting this need with a magnetic data-storage technology that dramatically reduces energy consumption. Their work has attracted attention from the scientific community, and its commercial applications are garnering investor support. “The promise of this invention is that it only involves a minor modification to existing memory technology but can reduce the energy consumed by many orders of magnitude,” said Jayasimha Atulasimha, Ph.D., Qimonda professor in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

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VCU Engineering’s Medicines for All awarded $25 million to increase access to lifesaving medications

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering has been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish the Medicines for All Institute and to fund the institute’s work on a wide range of essential global health treatments. With this grant, the institute can help increase access to lifesaving medications for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases around the world.

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Medicines for All team set to save lives globally

Over the past four years under Gupton’s leadership, the Medicines for All initiative has developed an innovative model that reduces the cost of manufacturing AIDS treatments by accelerating the creation of more efficient ways of synthesizing the active ingredients in the medications. Until the establishment of the new institute, Gupton only had the capacity to work on one drug at a time. The multimillion dollar institute will allow his team to look at multiple drugs in parallel.

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MNE Students Receive U.S. Department of Energy Scholarships

Aaron Lam and Nicholus Radcliffe, both seniors in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, have received scholarships through the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Program. This competitive scholarship was awarded to only 58 recipients from universities across the country. Lam and Radcliffe will use their $7500 awards to study a range of critical nuclear energy issues, including the nuclear fuel cycle and reactor efficiency and design. They said they are interested in nuclear energy because of the greater efficiency and relative safety that it holds over other forms of energy production.

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Summer Discovery: 3D Engineering

Learning about science and technology took on a whole new dimension at 3D Engineering, a VCU Summer Discovery Class presented by VCU's Mary and Frances Youth Center and featuring the VCU School of Engineering's Innovation Lab.

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Invention Seeks to Prevent Wires from Being Left Inside Patients

A multidisciplinary team from the VCU School of Engineering and the VCU School of Medicine wants to make it impossible to leave a wire inside the body accidentally during common medical procedures. The team has designed a novel alarm to improve safety when placing a central venous catheter, a tube that goes into a large vein to give blood or medications. Typically, physicians and other clinicians first insert a wire, then slide the catheter over this “guidewire.” W. Paul Murphy, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology in the VCU School of Medicine, said that the guidewire is accidentally left behind in one of 3,000 procedures.

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Engineering and Arts Students Tackle Design Abroad Challenge in Cuba

Imagine finding yourself 1,000 miles away on an island — where you may not speak the local language — with only hours to identify and to solve a design problem. You are teamed up with people not trained in your field and you’re restricted to one material: bamboo. That’s the experience that 15 Virginia Commonwealth University engineering and arts students found themselves immersed in earlier this summer during the university’s first Designing Cuba intensive study abroad workshop. The course was the brainchild of Russell D. Jamison, Ph.D., Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Chair of Engineering Education, professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Life Science Engineering and dean emeritus of the VCU School of Engineering. The students explored the concept of design within constraint — using bamboo as an example and the location of newly reopened Cuba as the environment.

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VCU’s Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Program Collaborates with VMI to Build Virginia’s Ph.D. Pipeline

A partnership between the VCU School of Engineering and the Virginia Military Institute brings some of the Institute’s most talented rising seniors to VCU to work alongside research faculty in VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE). The program gives students from VMI, which is located in Lexington and offers engineering only through the undergraduate level, an opportunity to participate in graduate-level research. It also exposes these students to VCU’s graduate MNE programs, including its hybrid doctorate in mechanical and nuclear engineering, the only Ph.D. of its kind in the nation.

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Student Startup Diagnoseaze Develops Device that Predicts and Helps Prevent Heart Attacks

Business major Evan Thoresen has been exposed to cardiac health issues for a long time. For seven years, his mother worked as CEO for WomenHeart, a nonprofit based in D.C. that raises awareness about women’s heart disease and provides women with the best care available. While his mother’s work inspired Thoresen to learn more about cardiac health, it was his aunt’s experience with heart disease that urged Thoresen to take action. When she was hospitalized after experiencing heart problems, she had to wait over four hours to get her results back. By the time her doctors had a reading, his aunt had already experienced necrosis — or death — of cardiac cell tissue and suffered a heart attack.

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Workshop: Nuclear Science

Virginia educators converge at VCU’s School of Engineering to study the science of nuclear energy and radiation with academic and industry experts.

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Bioinformatics computer programs help scientists unlock the secrets of intrinsically disordered proteins, which have key roles in biology

Proteins are the building blocks of life and biological agents. They are drivers of growth and development and the spread of viruses and bacteria, and have key roles in disease pathways and virtually all cellular functions.  As scientists gain knowledge about proteins, the mechanisms behind biological mysteries are revealed.

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Engineering student immerses herself in the creation of a promising grocery-shopping app

Sierra Semel, a second-year mechanical engineering student at VCU, is constantly coming up with creative ideas for new products. Last fall, what started as an ordinary class assignment grew into an unexpected opportunity to see what it takes to bring an entrepreneurial idea to life. The assignment required students to submit an idea to OpenIDEO, a global community of innovative thinkers exploring solutions to problems through online challenges. Each challenge runs for several months at a time and focuses on a specific issue. This time, it was reducing food waste. Drawing on personal experience, Semel laid out the initial plans for a mobile app called Expire.

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VCU Engineering Researcher Receives Funding for Project to Improve Data Traveling at the Speed of Light

The amount of information being transferred across the Internet is growing at astonishing rates. That process is powered by data centers — the massive hubs in the cloud that let smartphones and other devices send and receive data. Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund award for a project that will help make those centers faster and more efficient.

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Jared Snyder (MNE) and Kevin Yang (ECE) Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarships

Two VCU School of Engineering undergraduates have received the prestigious Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship, an award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that supports the education of the country’s top science and engineering students. As SMART scholars, Jared Snyder, a student in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and Kevin Yang, a student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will receive full tuition, room and board, stipends, summer research internships and post-graduation employment with DoD agencies.

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VCU's Dean’s Early Research Initiative Gives High School Students a Real-World Engineering Research Experience

The Dean’s Early Research Initiative (DERI), which brings high-achieving high school students into VCU labs and lets them dig into real-world engineering research through one-year fellowships, continues to grow in popularity and make its mark on the wider research community. The DERI completion ceremony held at the School of Engineering in May showcased the accomplishments of the 2016-17 cohort — at 19 members, its largest to date. Two days later, six DERI fellows received honors at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science Research Symposium.

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VCU Researchers to Map Richmond’s Heat Wave Danger Zones

Virginia Commonwealth University engineering and arts students are teaming up with scientists and community volunteers in July to find out just how hot it gets in Richmond during a heat wave. They intend to develop the first map of Richmond that identifies where large buildings or pockets without any trees or vegetation create “urban heat islands” — areas that can be appreciably hotter than other parts of the city.

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Engineering the workforce: Virginia’s universities adapt to provide sought-after skills

Rockwell Automation, a provider of industrial automation and information products, has had a hard time recruiting engineers, and so have many of its customers. “There’s either a current or pending engineering shortage around various types of engineers,” says John McSorley, sales manager with Milwaukee-based Rockwell, which has offices in Richmond and Roanoke.

Biomedical Engineering Adjunct Faculty Receives State Grants

Biomedical engineering adjunct professor Christopher Dosier, Ph.D., who is principal investigator at SpherIngenics Inc., has received two 2017 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund awards.

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VCU brews up a craft beer certificate aimed at both enthusiasts and brewing industry professionals

As the craft beer industry in Richmond and across Virginia continues to explode, Virginia Commonwealth University is launching a new noncredit certificate of completion that will give enthusiasts an in-depth understanding of craft beer and will prepare students for a variety of careers at both small and large craft breweries.

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MNE Doctoral Student Wins American Association of University Women International Fellowship

Maria Molina Higgins, a doctoral student in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, has received an American Association of University Women International Fellowship. Recipients for this competitive fellowship are selected for academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to education of women and girls. The award will provide a stipend to support Higgins’ research in nuclear medicine. Her adviser and dissertation director is Jessika Rojas, Ph.D., assistant professor of nuclear engineering.

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Engineering co-ops boost student experience, job prospects

School of Engineering students at Virginia Commonwealth University are choosing to further their education outside the classroom, even if it means delaying their graduation. The school’s cooperative education or “co-op” program opens the door for students to work full time in a paid professional engineering position while taking a semester away from coursework. Co-ops can take many different forms, but, generally, students alternate a work term and an academic term.

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VCU Inventors’ Hand-held Device Brings Vast Improvements to Water Testing Process

Elevated levels of uranium in water supplies is an environmental safety and health concern, but current methods of detecting it are cumbersome, costly and time consuming. Gary C. Tepper, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and Ph.D. student Brandon Dodd are addressing this challenge with a novel portable device that streamlines and expedites the way uranium in water is measured. Because their patented technology is more sensitive than current technologies, it is able to detect low or trace concentrations of uranium in water supplies.

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Bull's-eye on Small Business

Milos Manic, Computer Science Professor, gives his insight into cybersecurity and the potential threats facing businesses and individuals online.

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VCU to send record-breaking contingent of students, alumni to Clinton Global Initiative University

A record-breaking nine Virginia Commonwealth University students and alumni have been accepted to participate in this fall’s Clinton Global Initiative University, a prestigious event that brings together more than 1,100 innovative students from around the world who are committed to tackling some of the most pressing challenges in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health.

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SWE Names Lorraine Parker, Ph.D., Director of Diversity and Student Programs for VCU Engineering a “Women Engineer You Should Know”

SWE, the magazine of the Society of Women Engineers, named Lorraine M. Parker, Ph.D., a “Woman Engineer You Should Know.” The magazine’s annual feature highlights women engineers throughout the country who are making meaningful contributions in the workplace and in our communities. Parker is director of diversity and student programs at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering. She assumed this role in 2013, following a 31-year career as associate professor of computer science at VCU. Her advocacy for bringing women into engineering has helped VCU establish itself as a top producer of female engineers. In 2014, the American Society for Engineering Education ranked the VCU School of Engineering as the nation's No. 9 engineering school or university based on the percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women. VCU Engineering has seen a 50 percent increase in female students overall since 2010.

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Inspired by her adopted Chinese siblings, VCU student earns Critical Language Scholarship to study in China

Abigail Byram, a computer science student at Virginia Commonwealth University, has four great reasons to study Chinese. “I did independent study because my family has adopted four children from China. They were adopted as older children, and I needed to speak Chinese to be able to help integrate them into the family,” Byram said. “That’s what sparked my interest in Chinese, and it’s continued from there into more of an academic interest.”

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Pediatric Health Care & Device Innovation Day and Seed Grant Opportunity Foster Better Care for the Youngest Patients

Innovations and new medical devices for the care of pediatric patients, who range in age from birth to 21 years, continue to lag behind health care developments for adults. This is due to the complexity of the pediatric population; newborns are different from toddlers, and young children are different from teenagers. As a result, the costs related to the development of devices focused on one or more of these sectors can be prohibitive for industry.  A recent conference — and an upcoming seed grant opportunity — are helping to address this disparity.

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Biophysical Journal: Biomedical Engineering Researchers’ Findings and Methodology Are Game-Changers

A study by three researchers in VCU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering enhances understanding of a cell’s response to mechanical cues from its surrounding environment, a key regulator of cell function. “Mechanotransduction Dynamics at the Cell-Matrix Interface” by assistant professor Seth Weinberg, Ph.D., student Devin Mair and associate professor Christopher Lemmon, Ph.D., employs a computational-experimental methodology with implications for further insights into mechanical interactions between cells. The study, which is part of a project funded by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, appears in the May 2017 issue ofBiophysical Journal.

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How I got the job: Rachel Judge is taking opportunities as they come — even the ones that scare her

Rachel Judge joined the Virginia Commonwealth University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers in September of her freshman year. Six months later, the chapter traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, for NSBE’s national convention. Judge was hesitant to attend. “I thought it was only for seniors or people who needed to get a job,” said Judge, now a rising senior in the School of Engineering. “I was very on the fence about going.” Judge called her mother. Vera Roe told her daughter to go to the convention.

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Design Challenge in Cuba

A group of students from disciplines including mechanical engineering, interior design and sculpture are heading to Havana this summer as part of a design thinking workshop based in Cuba. The 15 students will study different domestic spaces and come up with design solutions within the highly constrained environment.

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This VCU grad’s company may provide the next level in computer science instruction

A company that emerged from the da Vinci Center at Virginia Commonwealth University has built a prototype device that may soon teach aspiring programmers how to write code and develop for wireless systems, Bluetooth technology and the internet of things. Radiant RVA, co-founded by Michael Smith, who graduated earlier this month from VCU’s Master of Product Innovation program, is aiming to roll out a curriculum along with an interactive device that will teach programming skills to students of all ages, preparing them for computer science projects and future careers.

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Student Success: Meet Stephanie Fulenwider (MNE)

Stephanie Fulenwider sees natural connections between her craft business as a candle and jewelry designer and her studies in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Whether you're learning basic painting strokes, dance steps or fundamentals of engineering, you build on those skills to design something special.

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A Shot of Color

VCU’s School of the Arts, School of Engineering and College of Humanities and Sciences’ Department of Biology have built a green wall at the intersection of Broad and Belvidere streets.

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VCU Engineering Student-Athlete Breaks Records

VCU junior Nichelle Scott, who runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and is a student in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, broke the school record — which she had previously set — in the 800-meter run at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.

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Engineering, Business students continue work on wearable heart monitor

More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year, at least half of which go unwitnessed. Only about 5 percent of sufferers survive. A VCU School of Engineering Capstone Design team is working to change that. The aftermath of unwitnessed cardiac arrest is an occurrence that Joseph Ornato, M.D., chair of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Emergency Medicine and a certified internist and cardiologist, sees all too often, and that prompted him to share his concerns with colleagues at the VCU School of Engineering.

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VCU Engineering Students Gain Work Experience at Dominion

Winners of the Dominion Diversity scholarship work at Dominion in the summer as interns and receive $5,000 scholarships. Here’s a look at the large group of recipients this summer from the VCU School of Engineering.

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VCU Engineering Friends and Donors Get Early View of Tomorrow’s Technologies

On the eve of the VCU School of Engineering's Capstone Design Expo, the school’s friends and benefactors got a sneak peek at the student-created innovative projects that would dazzle hundreds of visitors the next day. Held April 27 on the floor of VCU’s iconic Stuart Siegel Center, the preview showcased more than 80 inventions including a drone-mounted face recognition system, an interface that uses eye movements to move a wheelchair and a low-cost device that distinguishes between Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.

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Fulbright scholar Ellen Korcovelos uses computer science and speech analysis to combat dementia

When recent VCU graduate Ellen Korcovelos emailed her idol, a researcher who is one of the best and brightest in his field, she didn’t imagine he would fulfill her request to meet him, let alone invite her to travel to Toronto to conduct research in his lab. Korcovelos, who earned an undergraduate degree in bioinformatics from the School of Life Sciences’ Center for Biological Complexity, couldn’t believe she had the opportunity to learn from Graeme Hirst, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the field of computational linguistics in the University of Toronto’s computer science department. Computational linguistics involves the use of computer algorithms to analyze aspects of speech such as sentence structure, parsing and word frequency, with the knowledge that speech is an indicator of cognitive health.

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VCU Startup’s Solution to Analytics for Small Business

Srijan Karan, 19, and Rahul Sundararaman, 18, declared their computer science majors when they arrived at Virginia Commonwealth University, yet their passion for the field of computer science goes back all the way to middle school. Since eighth and ninth grade respectively, Karan and Sundararaman have been refining their computer science skills on anything they could get their hands on, whether it be Android smartphones or TI-84 calculators. They describe coding and computing as something that simply “came naturally” to them.

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Triangle Fraternity’s Chris Ducic Scholarship Extends a Stellar Student’s Legacy

Dillon Hensley is completing his bachelor of science in physics with help from a program named for an outstanding engineering student: the Chris Ducic Scholarship. Hensley is the first recipient of this award, which was established by VCU’s Triangle Fraternity, a social fraternity for science, engineering and architecture students. The scholarship is named for Chris Ducic, an academic standout in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and founding member of Triangle who passed away during his senior year in 2015.

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2017 Capstone Design Expo: Meet the Excellence in Design Winners

The VCU School of Engineering’s 2017 Capstone Design Expo, the largest in the school’s history, showcased student-designed solutions to real-world challenges. The April 28 event took place on the floor of VCU’s Stuart Siegel Center, where 89 teams brought their A-game.

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Interdisciplinary research team studies whether using e-cigarettes while pregnant causes craniofacial birth defects

E-cigarettes are touted as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but they could pose alarming risks to children in utero, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have found. According to results from a two-year study and collaboration between faculty from VCU’s Biomedical Engineering and Biology departments, using e-cigarettes (also called vaping) while pregnant could cause craniofacial birth defects.

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Pharmacy on Demand: Miniaturizing Drug Production, Maximizing Health Care Results

Researchers in the VCU School of Engineering’s Pharmacy on Demand initiative design drug manufacturing processes that shrink the environmental and industrial footprint as they expand global access to drugs. Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D., the school’s director of pharmaceutical engineering, is working on Pharmacy on Demand with colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Computer Science and Nanomedicine Researchers Team Up to Improve Drug Research Process Through Cutting Edge Data Science

A team of Virginia Commonwealth University computer science and nanomedicine researchers in the School of Engineering is harnessing the power of machine learning to make it easier to advance research in the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology.

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Wei Zhang, Ph.D., Improves Security in the Internet of Things

The Internet, once a single entity, is quickly becoming an “Internet of Things” (IoT) made up of multiple electronic devices that network and communicate with each other and with other web-enabled gadgets. The embedded systems that link the IoT’s smartphones, fitness trackers, sensors and medical devices (to name just a few) also present significant security challenges with potential to threaten personal, corporate and national safety.

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ECE Team Receives U.S. Department of Defense Grant for Technology to Detect Explosives Remotely

Development of systems that can detect trace quantities of explosives is of critical importance for national security, both at home and abroad. 

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VCU graduate students show ingenuity and innovation at 20th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium & Exhibit

Students tackled complex topics such as improving maternal health care in India and extending medication shelf life last week at the 20th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium & Exhibit. The Graduate Student Association-sponsored event showcased projects from more than 70 researchers as part of the seventh Annual VCU Research Weeks. Fields across multiple disciplines in the sciences, arts and humanities were represented.

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VCU Engineering Leader Heads University’s Diversity Efforts

Interdisciplinary thinking and multitasking are just two of the many skills that Rosalyn “Roz” Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D., brings to her role as VCU’s acting chief diversity officer. In addition to her new position as associate vice president in the university’s Division for Inclusive Excellence, Hargraves is an associate professor in the VCU School of Engineering, where she teaches electrical circuits.  “Hargraves was one of the first professors hired by the school and remains one of its most sought after professors,” said Barbara Boyan, Ph.D., dean of Engineering.

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Robert K. Prud’homme, Ph.D., Discusses Nanoscale Drug Delivery Platform at VCU’s Henry A. McGee Lecture

Robert K. Prud’homme, Ph.D., renowned chemical engineer and researcher from Princeton University, presented the eighth Henry A. McGee Lecture at the VCU School of Engineering this month. Named for Henry A. McGee, Ph.D., founding dean of the VCU School of Engineering, the lecture series is a signature event of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. McGee was in attendance to help welcome the audience of students, faculty members and friends of the School.

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U.S. Department of Defense Funds Six Capstone and VIP Projects in VCU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Student researchers in the VCU School of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) have received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for projects of interest to the U.S. Army Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) Lab. These projects include enhancements to unmanned aircraft systems, optically transparent antennas and filters, alternative low-cost power sources and wireless monitoring systems. The funding comes from the NVESD INNOVATIVE DISCOVERY SCIENCE PLATFORM (iDISPLA) initiative, which aims to drive innovation in multiple emerging technologies.

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A Winning Brew: Chemical Engineering Alumni and Beer Entrepreneurs Julia and Nicholas Cain (’01) Establish New Scholarship

‌Julia and Nicholas Cain, two VCU School of Engineering alumni who helped to build one of the nation’s most influential craft brewing businesses, have established a scholarship for chemical engineering undergraduates. The Julia and Nicholas Cain Scholarship is the school’s first scholarship endowed by VCU Engineering alumni.

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Computer Science Faculty Wins Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Sevag Gharibian, Ph.D., assistant professor in the VCU School of Engineering Department of Computer Science, has won a VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Outstanding Faculty Mentor award. Each year, UROP accepts nominations from students for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards. Undergraduate researchers are asked to identify a professor or faculty mentor who regularly goes above and beyond to engage students in research opportunities.

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Congratulations to our 2017 VCU Undergraduate Research Summer Fellows!

Congratulations to the 2017 VCU Undergraduate Research Summer Fellows from VCU Engineering!

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More Hackathon Wins for VCU School of Engineering Students

VCU’s computer science students continue coding their way into hackathon glory. The Rams’ winning streak continued this month at Bitcamp, one of the region’s biggest hackathons. Held in the XFinity Center on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, Bitcamp attracted more than 1,000 top-notch coders. Among them were 17 programming Rams, who completed six projects and took home nearly $9,000 in prize money. Check out what they designed and executed — all in 36 adrenaline-fueled hours.

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VCU Ph.D. Student Awarded Travel Grants

Farheen Syeda, a mechanical engineering doctoral student, will present her research on brain stimulation at theInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conference in Dublin, Ireland this month. Syeda was selected to receive a travel grant for the IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG Europe 2017, from April 24-28.

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Engineering student's Fulbright Scholarship takes her to Greece

Lynn Secondo grew up in Ohio and stayed in the Midwest for her undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemical engineering, from Trine University and University of Michigan, respectively. But when it was time for her Ph.D., the 26-year-old decided to head east. She chose the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering because of the opportunities it offered within a smaller department in a large university. “I could still get to know my professors, yet interdisciplinary collaboration would be easy and encouraged,” she said about VCU. “Being with a department that is expanding and actively searching for new ideas not only from the faculty is exciting and a fantastic opportunity for the students involved.”

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P. Worth Longest, Ph.D., appointed to editorial board of the 'Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery'

P. Worth Longest, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery (JAMPDD). Longest’s research focuses on medical aerosols, pharmaceutical engineering, targeted therapeutics, medical devices and computational fluid dynamics. He is a frequent contributor and reviewer for JAMPDD, which is the primary source of information and expertise in aerosol medicine, inhalation, and drug delivery for pharmaceutical developers and specialists.

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What’s Your Legacy?

Fred Williams Jr. Senior, chemical engineering major / President, Activities Programming Board / Squad leader, VCU Ram Camp / Member, VCU Globe / Member, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow / Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers / PCI chair, National Society of Black Engineers / Participant, 2014 VCU Qatar Leadership Exchange / Member, VCU Rowdy Rams / Resident assistant, VCU Residential Life and Housing

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Two VCU School of Engineering Faculty Named NSF Early Career Researchers

Daniel Conway, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Christina Tang, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, have each received National Science Foundation CAREER Awards for 2017. This is the NSF’s most prestigious award given to junior faculty. It supports the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

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How I got the job: Rachel Judge

Rachel Judge secured a seven-month internship with Neutrogena while attending the 2015 National Society of Black Engineers’ annual conference. There was just one problem: The internship was in supply chain management and Judge didn’t know what that meant. “On the application it said ‘supply chain/operations,’ and because I was in engineering I figured I would be in an operations role — like manufacturing,” Judge said, laughing. “But then I received my offer letter to come work in Los Angeles in supply chain management.”

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Computer Science Students Take Prizes in DC and Baltimore Hackathons

Apps that feature innovative ways to use speech-recognition technology recently placed VCU School of Engineering computer science students in the winners circles at hackathons in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. CS majors Mit Amin, Jonathon Headley, Paul Hudgins, Courtney Parry and Austin Sarmento were on teams that took prizes at the HopHacks and Disrupt the District hackathons in February.  

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New Capstone Collaboration: Engineering and Business Students Join Forces to Build Startups

Students in the VCU School of Engineering’s Capstone Design course are building entrepreneurship skills alongside students in the VCU School of Business thanks to a new program that teaches engineering and business students how to create a startup.

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Interdisciplinary research team studies whether using e-cigarettes while pregnant causes craniofacial birth defects

E-cigarettes are touted as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but they could pose alarming risks to children in utero, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have found.

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BME Undergrad Wins Poster Award at International Meeting

Tien Comlekoglu, a junior biomedical engineering major in VCU’s School of Engineering, won a top poster award at a recent international meeting of the Biophysical Society. Comlekoglu said he studied "the effects of memory on the electrical behavior of cardiac muscle cells (cardiomyocytes) using a computational model of a cardiomyocyte." His poster demonstrated the research progress he made over the previous semester working in the Computational Physiology Lab with Seth Weinberg, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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VCU School of Engineering’s Innovation Maker Facility to Nurture Creative Culture

A new Innovation Maker Facility (IMF) will enhance student creativity, maker culture and innovation in engineering and with affiliated programs. Altria, a major supporter and employer of graduates from VCU Engineering, Business, and other disciplines, recently donated $1 million to the School of Engineering to enhance student creativity, maker culture, and innovation in engineering and with affiliated programs.

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'Hidden Figures' Engineer to the VCU School of Engineering’s Women Students: You Made the Right Choice

Christine Mann Darden, Ph.D., featured in the book Hidden Figures, visited the VCU School of Engineering last month to deliver a powerful message: STEM fields — and engineering in particular — offer women unique opportunities to advance their careers and contribute to society. Darden was the guest of honor at the school’s Celebration of Women in Engineering Luncheon, sponsored by Altria. The luncheon, now in its sixth year, was held Feb. 24 and was the culmination of the school’s celebration of Engineers Week. Approximately 110 students and faculty members were in attendance for the program, which also featured remarks by Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Engineering, and Tamika Murrell, staff engineer with Altria Client Services.

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VCU da Vinci Center Adds European Accelerator to Master of Product Innovation Program

Through a collaboration of VCU’s Schools of the Arts, Business, Engineering and College of Humanities and Sciences, the VCU da Vinci Center advances university innovation and entrepreneurship for students. One of its signature offerings is a Master of Product Innovation degree. The program is currently accepting applications for the next cohort, from July, 2017 through August, 2018. We asked da Vinci Center Executive Director Garret Westlake, Ph.D., to tell us about the program and its new partnership with the European Innovation Academy, the world’s largest extreme entrepreneurship program.

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Programs bridge gender gap in male-dominated STEM careers

RICHMOND – Kathryn Duda, a third-year computer engineering student at Virginia Commonwealth University, walked into the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) lab her first year and sat down next to a male student working on a project. She was curious and wanted to know what he was doing. “I walked in there, and it was like he was intimidated by my female presence,” Duda said. This kind of interaction is not uncommon; women are chronically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, especially in computer science and engineering. According to a 2016 study by the National Science Board, 29 percent of women in the workforce are in STEM careers. Of that percentage, 15 percent are engineers and 25 percent are computer scientists or mathematicians. However, local schools are making progress to promote gender equality in STEM fields.

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VCU Faculty Member Researches Advanced Materials for NASA Space Project

To explore more deeply into our solar system, NASA wants new spacecraft to be made of advanced ultra-high strength material — and has tapped a university-led team to deliver it. The new NASA-sponsored multidisciplinary Space Technology Research Institute (STRI) will incorporate the work of Ibrahim Guven, Ph.D., assistant professor in the VCU School of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, to ensure that this cutting-edge material won’t fail.

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Henry J. Donahue, Ph.D., to Receive Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Award from Orthopaedic Research Society

Henry J. Donahue, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will receive the Orthopaedic Research Society’s Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Award for 2017. The award will be presented at the ORS 2017 Annual Meeting, which takes place in San Diego, California March 19-22.

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VCU’s Online Master’s in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Ranked Among Best Values in the Nation

The VCU School of Engineering’s online M.S. in mechanical and nuclear engineering is one of the 30 best values in the nation according to Best College Values (BCV), an online resource that ranks university programs according to quality, affordability and return on investment. Gary Tepper, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department (MNE ), said the online M.S. was the product of a close partnership with industry. “The online M.S. degree was designed to provide working professionals the opportunity to obtain an advanced technical degree at a distance with the same quality and personalization as our on-campus degree program,” Tepper said.

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VCU Researcher’s Message to High School Students: Chemistry Is Everywhere

Earlier this month, students in J.R. Tucker High School’s International Baccalaureate program explored chemistry with Eliseu O. De Oliveira, Ph.D., assistant professor in VCU’s Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. De Oliveira, a researcher in VCU’s Medicines for All Laboratory, welcomed the opportunity to speak at the high school in part because of what he sees as chemistry’s image problem.

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Flagship Scholarship Program Established in VCU’s School of Engineering by C. Kenneth Wright

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering has received a $5 million founding gift from longtime benefactor C. Kenneth Wright to establish a scholarship fund for undergraduates. The Wright Engineering Access Scholarship Program will become the school’s flagship scholarship program to provide need- and merit-based awards to a broad base of students, including community college transfers. Wright’s gift — the largest scholarship gift in the school’s 21-year history — was announced at the Feb. 9 meeting of the VCU School of Engineering Foundation Board. VCU president Michael Rao, Ph.D. said that the gift, which is expected to create opportunities for many first-generation college students, typifies Wright’s special brand of giving.

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Computer science majors help VCU student-led startup companies launch websites, develop apps

In Founder’s Corner, Virginia Commonwealth University’s co-working space for student entrepreneurs, computer science students Shauna Ely and Judah Sebastian are working together to develop a website for a VCU student’s company that sells high-end sneakers and clothing, while also tinkering with a possible logo design for another VCU student’s software startup. “We are helping student entrepreneurs make minimally viable products, also known as MVPs, in order to demonstrate their ideas to wider audiences,” said Ely, a postbaccalaureate student in the School of Engineering. “We’re helping them by building their web presence with web and mobile applications.”

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VCU Alumna Promotes Campaign Inspired by ‘Hidden Figures’

For Racheida Lewis (ECE ’13), getting the chance to see the film “Hidden Figures” before it hit theaters nationwide didn’t just make her feel lucky. She was deeply moved to find herself among crowds of other people also eager to see the untold story about African American women mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race. “There was so much that resonated with me,” she said. “I was never more proud to be a black woman in engineering.”

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Vertically Integrated Networking for Engineers (VINE) program connects women engineering students to thrive

Entering the male-dominated field of computer engineering as a first-year student in 2015, Christine Reed found herself relying on other women students who’d been there and done that. The small cadre of colleagues, all studying the same major, helped her find her own sense of direction. This year, she stepped up to organize a VINE group, which welcomed a new incoming Ram engineer. Now, she said, "I pass on my own advice. I give my own wisdom."

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R01 grant renewal awarded to pharmacy-engineering research team

VCU School of Engineering professor P. Worth Longest, Ph.D., and VCU School of Pharmacy professor Michael Hindle, Ph.D., have received a $2.4 million, four-year renewal of a National Institutes of Health grant originally awarded in 2011. The original and current R01 grants were provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. As co-principal investigators, Hindle and Longest have been using computational fluid dynamics simulations and realistic in vitro airway models to find ways to improve aerosol drug delivery during various forms of non-invasive ventilation (respiratory support provided via a mask or nasal prongs).

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Two VCU School of Engineering Faculty Members Will Be Inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the upcoming induction of two VCU School of Engineering faculty members to its College of Fellows. “Election to AIMBE’s College of Fellows is a great honor,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Engineering. “Members of the College represent the top two percent of the medical and biological engineering community. AIMBE Fellows work with government agencies and industry to advance the innovation that improves human health.”

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VCU Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and Newport News Shipbuilding Launch Distance Master’s Program

The VCU School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) is partnering with Newport News Shipbuilding to offer the company’s engineers a commute-free path toward a master's degree in VCU’s signature hybrid mechanical and nuclear engineering program. Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) is the only designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. Starting January 2017, VCU MNE will provide instruction to a 55-member cohort of NNS employees. Content will be delivered synchronously, allowing the Newport News-based employee-students to take master’s level classes remotely, but in real-time with the VCU professors.

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Hamid Golgiri (ECE ’16): Driving success, from VCU to Ford

Hamid Golgiri was surprised to discover that working for Ford Motor Company is a lot like working on VCU School of Engineering projects.

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Laura Hayward (CLSE ’15): Medical discovery, across the world and back

Laura Hayward is working to improve health care — in the lab and in clinical settings.

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Pharmacy on Demand: Miniaturizing Drug Production, Maximizing Health Care Results

Researchers in the VCU School of Engineering’s Pharmacy on Demand initiative design drug manufacturing processes that shrink the environmental and industrial footprint as they expand global access to drugs. Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D., the school’s director of pharmaceutical engineering, is working on Pharmacy on Demand with colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Wei Zhang, Ph.D., Named Richmond Joint Engineers Council Engineer of the Year for 2017

Wei Zhang, Ph.D., a professor of computer engineering in VCU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named Engineer of the Year for 2017 by the Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC). The award recognizes an individual, business or organization that has made a significant contribution to the engineering profession in the greater Richmond metropolitan area through the application of engineering principles, the development of new technology or the refinement of an existing technology.

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VCU Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and Newport News Shipbuilding Launch Distance Master’s Program

The VCU School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) is partnering with Newport News Shipbuilding to offer the company’s engineers a commute-free path toward a master's degree in VCU’s signature hybrid mechanical and nuclear engineering program. Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) is the only designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. Starting January 2017, VCU MNE will provide instruction to a 55-member cohort of NNS employees. Content will be  delivered synchronously, allowing the Newport News-based employee-students to take master’s level classes remotely, but in real-time with the VCU professors.

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Faculty and Staff Features for February 2017: Sama Bilbao y León, Ph.D.

Bilbao y León was named chair of the Virginia Nuclear Engineering Consortium, which represents stakeholders including nuclear energy companies, suppliers and local organizations who support the advancement of the nuclear industry.

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Bridge between scientists and engineers sets stage for medical technologies and high-tech jobs

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has a message for Virginia institutes of higher education that Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao, Ph.D., hears loud and clear.“My whole emphasis has been about building the Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said Thursday at the public opening of the VCUInstitute for Engineering Medicine and School of Engineering’s expansion at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. “Our institutions of higher education are really what we need … to continue to be a leader in this country. VCU’s been up front, and the work that’s being done here is truly extraordinary. This is just the incubator to bring in jobs from around the globe.”

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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering-based Team Receives Grant for Long-term Implantable Biosensor

A research team based in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has received a two-year grant from the Commonwealth Health Research Board (CHRB) to develop an implantable biosensor for long-term continuous glucose monitoring. The device will improve comfort, safety and quality of life for the nearly one out of seven adults in Virginia who have diabetes.

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Allen Calderwood (CS '15): From Ramhacks to Google

Allen Calderwood’s first job out of college was at Google. He says VCU Engineering prepared him for it — in class and out. Calderwood, a 2015 alumnus of the VCU School of Engineering’s Computer Science Department, is VCU’s first graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science to snag a job at Google.

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ECE Team Receives U.S. Department of Defense Grant for Technology to Detect Explosives Remotely

Development of systems that can detect trace quantities of explosives is of critical importance for national security, both at home and abroad.

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VCU student wins nanotechnology research grant

Connor Howe, a Virginia Commonwealth University doctoral student in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, will develop a novel device for treating cerebral aneurysms under a national program to advance nanotechnology research in the Southeastern U.S.

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AMC Technology and the VCU School of Engineering create UX Design Center

A partnership between the VCU School of Engineering and Midlothian-based AMC Technology has computer science students building user experience (UX) enhancements — and their own creative problem-solving skills.

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Meet Xuejun Wen, M.D., Ph.D.

As one the newest members of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s dynamic engineering community, Xuejun Wen, M.D., Ph.D., focuses his work in the area of regenerating functional and safe human tissues. His research combines the principles of biomaterial and biomedical science, stem cell biology and engineering, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with the advanced techniques of molecular and cell biology.

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Getting the most from ultralarge datasets

In the words of Virginia Commonwealth University associate computer science professor Vojislav Kecman, Ph.D., “There is no part of contemporary human activity left untouched by the need and desire to collect data." Indeed. Human beings, he explains, are immersed in a sea of data generated by myriad sources – sensors, cameras, microphones, software and other devices.

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Understanding the properties of biological networks

Preetam Ghosh, Ph.D., may not have a crystal ball to predict the future, but that’s precisely what he’s trying to accomplish in his computer science lab in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering.

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Balancing time predictability and high-performance

Time predictability is crucial in hard real-time and safety-critical systems such as aircraft, automotive and medical controls. The accurate deployment of airbags or the functionality of heart pacemakers, for example, where timing is critical, can mean life or death in many scenarios.

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Exploiting Magnetism to Improve Health

One in five Americans over the age of 18 suffers from diagnosable neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Deepbrain stimulation by magnetic fields has offered promising treatments, but progress is hampered by poor understanding of the interaction of magnetic fields with neurons.

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School Expands in Biotech Eight

In 2016, the VCU School of Engineering expanded in the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, a 34- acre life sciences community that houses private sector companies, research institutes, non-profits and state and federal laboratories adjacent to the VCU Medical Center.

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Researching How E-cigarettes Impact Tissue Development

While the effects of conventional tobacco products on human health and pregnancy have been established, little is known about new e-cigarette products.

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VCU’s Nuclear Engineering Program Marks 10th Anniversary

In Its 10 years of existence, the Nuclear Engineering Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is helping meet industry personnel needs and contributing to the discipline. Ten years ago, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering added nuclear engineering to its program offerings, bringing comprehensive nuclear engineering education back to Virginia. Today, VCU is the only university in Virginia with an accredited undergraduate nuclear engineering major concentration, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs in mechanical and nuclear engineering. Those programs are making robust intellectual contributions to the discipline while also meeting significant industry needs. The idea to create them came about when industry and academia came together to solve a problem.

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Students win four awards at national conference for minority researchers

Four Virginia Commonwealth University students were among the top-ranked, undergraduate researchers honored for their skills at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the largest undergraduate research meeting in the country with more than 4,000 attendees. The winners were part of the VCU Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity undergraduate research training program.

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Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., Dean of the VCU School of Engineering, Elected as National Academy of Inventors Fellow

The dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering, Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., will be inducted as a 2016 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow.

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Doctoral student inspires as researcher and mentor

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, which provides support and opportunities for underrepresented students in STEM disciplines at VCU, offers a summer transition program for incoming freshmen students. The six-week program, which features structured online and face-to-face programming, prepares students academically and socially, connecting them with peers and mentors before the first day of class.  At the conclusion of the program last summer, Lauren Griggs, program director of LSAMP, arranged for the approximately 40 participating students to stand in a circle. She then had the students, one by one, speak about what they would most take with them from their summer experience. Many of the students talked about the power of meeting each other and beginning to feel like they were part of a family at VCU. As the students spoke, they exchanged a ball of yarn. Each student held onto a piece of the thread as the ball was passed randomly within the group. By the end, the thread was interwoven throughout the circle, forming a striking purple web. Griggs, a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, then told the group, “This web shows all of the connections that we have created together. Think of this web as a support net for you from now on. We are all here to support each other.” 

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$1.7 million grant awarded to improve diagnosis, treatment of overactive bladder

A $1.7 million grant awarded to John Speich, Ph.D., associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and Adam Klausner, Ph.D., associate professor and the Warren Koontz Professor of Urologic Research in the Division of Urology/Department of Surgery of VCU’s School of Medicine, may lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of overactive bladder. The condition affects nearly 20 percent of adults.

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Can the arts and sciences work together to prepare a city for climate change?

Ever since meeting at a Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Sustainability retreat last fall, professors Stephen Fong, Ph.D., and Jon-Phillip Sheridan, M.F.A., have been sharing ideas about how they could collaborate. While Fong teaches chemical and life science engineering and Sheridan teaches photography, they believe art and science complement each other.

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VCU Jazz and Computer Science departments create scheduling software

In 2007, after working at three universities over the span of 20 years, Tony Garcia realized if he added up every all-nighter he pulled scheduling student ensemble sessions, it would total more than two months.

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Computer science and nanomedicine researchers team up to improve drug research process through cutting edge data science

A team of Virginia Commonwealth University computer science and nanomedicine researchers in the School of Engineering is harnessing the power of machine learning to make it easier to advance research in the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology.

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Students team up to create new anesthesiology app

An interdisciplinary, cross-campus team is collaborating to create a virtual training tool for future nurse anesthetists.

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VCU experts guide innovators’ path to commercialization with the Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium

Improving health care for children is one of medicine’s most compelling goals, but achieving it is often hampered by challenges associated with developing medical devices specifically for pediatric patients. The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) brings together partners from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHoA) to stimulate innovation in the high-impact — but traditionally underserved — area of children’s health care devices. APDC is one of eight pediatric device consortia funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to provide support services to inventors of technologies that aid in the diagnosis, treatment and care of pediatric patients.

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2016 Undergraduate Symposium

Hats off to the award-winning presenters at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium! Researchers presented posters at the event on Nov. 22. The symposium was open to undergraduate students from the VCU School of Engineering, including Dean’s Undergraduate Research Initiative (DURI) scholars.

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Sternheimer Awards Announced

The VCU School of Engineering Foundation has announced the winning teams for the Mark A. Sternheimer Senior Capstone Design Award. The award, established in 2012 by Sternheimer, a Foundation Board member and benefactor, promotes innovative and entrepreneurial projects.

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Tips from the Traffic Doctor

With a record number of Thanksgiving travelers expected this holiday weekend, we turned to our nationally recognized traffic engineering expert John Leonard, Ph.D, for tips on navigating the roads.

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ECE Innovation Lab "The Garage" Opens

On Nov. 4, VCU’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) opened its new Innovation Lab, also known as “The Garage,” a popular makerspace that gives majors 24-7 access to the necessary tools for circuit design and development. John Leonard, Ph.D., the School’s executive associate dean of finance and administration, cut the ribbon across the doorway as Erdem Topsakal, Ph.D, chair of ECE, welcomed approximately two dozen VCU faculty members and guests including secondary educators. ECE Advisory Board Chair Giorgios Karles, Ph.D., who offered suggestions and support for the lab’s development, was also in attendance.

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BME alumni receive funding for app helping pedestrians who are visually impaired

Two 2014 VCU biomedical engineering (BME) alumni climbed into the Shark Tank at the Commonwealth’s 2016 Governor's Transportation Conference on Oct. 20. They climbed out with $4,000 for a new app that helps people who are visually impaired cross safely at crosswalks.

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Building the Pipeline for Women in Engineering and Orthopaedics

On Oct. 15, the VCU School of Engineering presented the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first Perry Outreach Program, an event designed to inspire young women to consider opportunities in engineering and orthopaedic surgery.

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Armond Conte (ECE 2015) and Brian A. Smith (BME 2015) Receive Master’s Thesis Awards

Two recent graduates of master’s programs in the VCU School of Engineering have received university awards for excellence in thesis research. Armond Conte, a 2015 graduate of the Master of Science program in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has been selected to receive VCU’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in Math, Physical Sciences and Engineering. Brian A. Smith, a 2015 graduate of the Master of Science program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive VCU’s Electronic Dissertations and Theses Master’s Thesis Award. As recipients of VCU’s awards, Conte and Smith will both be nominated for the Conference of Southern Graduate School’s 2017 Master’s Thesis Awards.

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Daniel E. Conway, Ph.D., Receives NIH NIGMS Maximizing Investigators' Research Award

Daniel E. Conway, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received a five-year, $1,829,564 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a research project to study the role of mechanical forces across proteins in epithelial cells. Epithelial cells separate the body from the outside environment and are the cells that provide a physical barrier in skin, lungs, and the intestines. Conway will study how mechanical forces at both cell-cell junctions and the nucleus contribute to growth, wound repair, and barrier function in these cells.

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VCU’s first HealthHacks provides numerous solutions to everyday patient care

Students from Virginia Commonwealth University and other universities gathered Oct. 1-2 to develop solutions for unmet medical needs at VCU’s first medical hackathon, HealthHacks. A hackathon is a 24-hour, intense period of innovation during which teams work collaboratively to solve computer science-related problems. A medical hackathon is similar in structure to a traditional hackathon, but focused on solving unmet medical needs presented by medical and affiliated professionals. The 170 attendees formed 35 teams with more than 20 engineering and medical mentors available for consults on the projects.

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Woon-Hong Yeo, Ph.D., receives BMES Career Development and Innovation Award

Woon-Hong Yeo, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering, has been awarded the 2016 BMES Innovation and Career Development Award. He received the award at the Biomedical Engineering Society’s annual meeting in Minneapolis in October. Yeo was one of 11 recipients.

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Educators traverse the region to attend 3D printing seminar

Learning took on a new dimension Oct. 6 as educators from school systems, community colleges and universities across Virginia convened in East and West Hall for a 3D printing seminar organized by Charles Cartin, Ph.D, assistant professor in the Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering (MNE) Department. The program was organized in collaboration with specialists from MakerBot and manufacturer’s representative Amtek.

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Wei Zhang, Ph.D., improves security in the Internet of Things

The Internet, once a single entity, is quickly becoming an “Internet of Things” (IoT) made up of multiple electronic devices that network and communicate with each other and with other web-enabled gadgets. The embedded systems that link the IoT’s smartphones, fitness trackers, sensors and medical devices (to name just a few) also present significant security challenges with potential to threaten personal, corporate and national safety.

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Jennifer Rivers Nominated for VCU President’s Award of Excellence

When Jennifer Rivers found out she was a nominee for VCU’s prestigious President’s Award of Excellence, her first thought was, “Oh, gosh – am I going to have to go on stage?” As director of student services in the VCU School of Engineering, Rivers has always preferred to stay behind the scenes and push students forward. But faculty members, department chairs, senior administrators and alumni thought it was time to put the spotlight on Rivers and her two decades of service to VCU’s engineering students.

VCU Department of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Opens Innovation Laboratory

At the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering, students are designing the future - and printing it in 3D in the new Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering (MNE) Innovation Laboratory.

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Medicines for All Initiative Funded for Third AIDS Therapy

The Medicines for All Initiative has received approximately $5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a more cost-effective way to manufacture Dolutegravir, a new HIV/AIDS therapy. The Initiative’s lead investigator is B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., professor and chair in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Chemical & Life Science Engineering.

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Students design thermoregulated gloves that help with Raynaud’s disease

Every time Jessica L. Bishop suffered an attack of Raynaud’s disease during her senior year at Virginia Commonwealth University, it motivated her to work even harder on her School of Engineering Capstone Design project, a pair of “magic gloves.” The gloves help regulate the fingers’ temperature, which is relevant because Raynaud’s disease affects extremities in such a way that people with the condition are unable to tell when their hands get cold, among other symptoms.

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MNE Alum Melissa Peskin Receives Patent for a Second Energy-Saving Invention

Melissa Peskin’s inventions help utility companies keep prices and environmental impact low. 

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Peter Liacouras, Ph.D. creates custom medical devices for service members

Using sophisticated 3D printers, Peter Liacouras, Ph.D., is helping shape the next generation of medical devices.

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Expanding Access To AIDS Drugs

With this grant, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has invested nearly $10 million in funding to support a multidisciplinary project led by B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D. and chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. The project, Medicine for All Initiative, seeks to streamline drugs manufacturing to treat HIV and AIDS in developing countries.

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$5 million granted to VCU Engineering Professor to lower AIDS drug costs

A Virginia Commonwealth University engineering professor has received a $5 million grant to develop a more cost-effective way to manufacture two important drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS.

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