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Austin Hobson

Alumni Feature: Austin Hobson


After working at insurance giant Markel Corp. in Glen Allen with a business degree under his belt, Austin Hobson decided to return to VCU for a post-baccalaureate certificate in computer science. He joined CoStar as an associate software developer in January.

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Tour the Virtual Reality Lab


The Department of Computer Science is using virtual reality to help humanize software. The sophisticated machines in the new Virtual Reality lab give users an immersive, augmented interaction with technology. Discover how VCU’s School of Engineering is making it (virtually) real.

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Bioinformatics Helps Unlock Secrets of Disordered Proteins


To help shed light on the workings of proteins, Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D., vice chair and Qimonda Professor in the Computer Science Department, has developed a series of bioinformatics programs to assist biologists in gaining insights into the functions of intrinsically disordered proteins.

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Students Code and Conquer at RamHacks


Nearly 40 teams vied for more than $8,000 in prizes at VCU’s fourth annual RamHacks hackathon over the weekend. Students hacked flight simulators, paired facial recognition with artificial intelligence and created chatbots — all in 24 hours. Congratulations to the winners!

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An Engineer You Should Know: Lorraine Parker, Ph.D.


Editors of the national Society of Women Engineers magazine selected Lorraine Parker, Ph.D., Director of Diversity and Student Programs for the VCU School of Engineering, for their annual feature, “Women Engineers You Should Know.” The story, published last spring, aims to highlight behind-the-scenes contributions of unsung women engineers.

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