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Breaking down silos

Dean Boyan's message

Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D. and Jordana Kron

Research Highlights

New uses for silk proteins, discoveries about droplets — and more.

Research Highlights

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Out of this World Research

Our investigations take to the skies with NASA and the International Space Station.

Out-Of-This-World Research

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Making Smart Cities Smarter

Using automation and analytics to build cities that are smart — and intelligent.

Making Smart Cities Smarter

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Meeting Demand

Four ways we’re filling the digital economy’s skills gap.

Tech Talent Pipeline

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ANS Conference

VCU becomes Virginia’s first university to host the American Nuclear Society’s national student conference.

Five Takeaways

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Ivory Coast Partnership

Researchers from VCU and Ivory Coast team up to make lifesaving medicines more accessible.

Ivory Coast Partnership

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Student Highlights

Ram engineers are making their mark on the research community, the workplace and beyond.

Student Highlights

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A student wearing a virtual reality headset

VCU Engineering’s original hackathon.
Sept. 22-23, 2018

RamHacks Recap

Three students working in front of a whiteboard at Power the Future

A contest to design a new app for an energy powerhouse.
Oct. 20-21, 2018

A group of students working on a project at HealthHacks

Students meet veterans’ unmet medical needs.
Nov. 3-4, 2018

HealthHacks Recap

Two students looking into a box of some kind as part of an EarthHacks project

Hacking solutions for a cleaner, healthier planet.
Jan. 26-27, 2019

EarthHacks Recap

Two students working in front of a laptop at M2M

A showdown of cyber- and cyber-physical security skills.
March 30, 2019

M2M Recap

A student presenting her project at the DERI event

Who said high school students can’t do university-level research?

Dean's Early Research Initiative

A student and his mentor working on his project.

Because Ram engineers demand more than coursework.

Dean's Undergraduate Research Initiative

A student presenting his project at the Capstone Design Expo

VCU Engineering’s biggest-yet battle of the brains produces 10 award-winning designs.

Capstone Recap

Areal view of the new Engineering Research Building

A research building rooted in design thinking.

What's inside?

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Maker Garage

A building with a past becomes the college’s newest makerspace.

Maker Garage

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Students' futuristic transport pod and ultra-fast automobile designs go to the world stage.

Maximum Speed

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More than 120 undergraduate students — from first-year students to seniors — were engaged in multidisciplinary, long-term, large-scale research projects in 2018-2019 through the Vertically Integrated Projects program, or VIP@VCU.

VCU is a member of the prestigious VIP Consortium, which began with several U.S. universities and is now being expanded abroad.


The first VCU team, Collaborative Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), forms with 14 undergraduate students. Its adviser, Robert Klenke, Ph.D., is named program director. VCU becomes the only university in Virginia to belong to the VIP Consortium.


The program grows to three teams, including one on Engineering Critical Patient Care.


One team develops improved clinical biomechanical diagnostics for overactive bladder. The Medical Device Development and Prototyping team works on developing glucose monitoring and delivery systems, such as a long-term implantable biosensor. Another group creates a training app for anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.


Students develop a device to prevent doctors from leaving a wire inside the body during medical procedures and receive a patent on their invention.


Seventeen teams now exist with more than 120 undergraduate students. VCU School of Pharmacy becomes the first unit outside VCU Engineering to launch a team, Development of Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications for Surgical Planning and Training.

Alexandria Ritchie presenting on one of her projects

Alumni Highlights

Just a few of the researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs who got their chops at VCU Engineering.

Alumni Highlights

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Invest in the College of Engineering

Three ways you can pay it forward.

Invest in the College of Engineering

D. Tyler McQuade, Ph.D. and B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D.

Awards & Honors

Experts agree: Ram engineers make it real.

Awards & Honors

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