Biomedical Engineering

Senior design project— Auditory Tour for the Visually Impaired Using RFID Technology developed by Christina Walinski a VCU Biomedical Engineering student and faculty advisor, Dianne Pawluk, Ph.D. is intended as an affordable, reliable and safe auditory tour technology allowing individuals who are blind and visually impaired to gain effective and independent access to enjoy gardens.(L-R) Christina Walinski with Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D.

Computer Engineering

(L-R) Award winners Josh White, Alex Hinton and Brian Berry with Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. The VCU Computer Engineering team developed a wireless communication system to a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) that Dominion Power, a sponsor of the project, could use to enhance its older RTU’s by allowing them to operate wirelessly.

Computer Science

(L-R) Bruce Pulley, Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., Jason Hernaez, Daniel Flood, Benny De La Rosa, and Shaun Donachy stand next to the Computer Science “HackTech Automated Judging System” project for CapTech, a Richmond-based technology consulting firm that hosts the internal “HackTech” computer programming competition.

Chemical and Life Science Engineering

Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. congratulates project members Kris Singh, Erica Mitchell and Elise Lambert for the Chemical and Life Science Engineering Senior Design project “Extraction of Phytic Acid from Chickpea Flour via Continuous Enzymatic Flow Reactor Technology” which examines methods to separate the damaging phytic acid contained in chickpeas and other highly nutritious legumes that are vital food staples globally.

Electrical Engineering

(L-R) Award winners Bobby Rich, William Pedler and Sean Sunberg with Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. The Linear Rotary Model project developed by the VCU School of Engineering’s Electrical Engineering team is a device that combined both linear and rotational motors through a system of static magnets and electromagnetic coils, that can someday lead to enhanced medical machinery, assembly line production and various security systems.

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

(L-R) Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. congratulates the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering project team members John Swanson, Jonathan Marsh, Matt Schell, John Swanson and Ramana M. Pidaparti, Ph.D. for their creation of a stair-climbing wheelchair. Potentially, the wheelchair’s design could assist the elderly and people with physical disabilities.


The Incorporation of Perfluorocarbons into Mechanical Ventilation project developed by the VCU Engineering Multidisciplinary team used technology from both biomedical engineering and mechanical and nuclear engineering to create a liquid ventilation system aimed at helping patients who suffer from life-threatening breathing illnesses. (L-R) Award winners, Harrison Ngo, Sujan Adhikari, Daniel Klinefelter with Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D.

The Wright-Virginia Microelectronics, W-VMC Cup

(L-R) Lukas Widhalm, Brandon Reynolds, John Wilson, and Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. with team members for the electrical engineering project—Light Engineering Design that may lead to the development of small scale LEDs for use in optical displays and lasers.