Prospective member institutions, partners, and sponsors are encouraged to contact Ed Coyle, Director of the VIP Consortium. Prospective partners and sponsors interested in connecting with a specific team can contact the team instructor and VIP Director for the given institution.


Edward Coyle
Director, Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education
Director, VIP

John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar




Edward J. Coyle received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1978, and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1980 and 1982. From 1982 through 2007, he was a faculty member at Purdue University, where he served at various times as assistant vice provost for research, co-director of the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications, and co-founder of both the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program and the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. During the 2006-07 academic year, he was the Kenan Trust Visiting Professor at Princeton University.


Dr. Coyle joined Georgia Tech in 2008 and is currently the Arbutus Chair for the Integration of Research and Education at Georgia Tech, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, and director of the Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education.

Randal Abler
Associate Director, Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education

Associate Director, VIP

Dr. Randal Abler has more than 20 years’ experience in developing cutting-edge tools and methods which expand the impact of higher education, with a special interest in distributed educational networks.


Dr. Abler has been a principal in conceptualizing and forming the VIP Consortium.  He served as Co-Director of the Arbutus Center and the Vertically Integrated Projects Program at Georgia Tech from 2008 - 2019.  During this time, he developed information technology and software tools used to evaluate and manage VIP teams.  These tools have facilitated extensive analysis of the VIP educational approach, which has enabled significant growth of the VIP program.  He also led the Intelligent Digital Communications VIP team at Georgia Tech. From 2014 - 2018, he served as the program manager for all sites funded during the VIP Consortium’s pilot phase, managing contract negotiations, budget allocations, awards of supplemental budgets, and reporting expectations. 


Before joining VIP, Dr. Abler held a variety of academic and research roles at Georgia Tech.  He earned his BEE, MEE and PhD from Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Kitty Vogt
Associate Director, VIP Consortium

Phone: 404.894.2407

Kitty Vogt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Emory University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia State University. Before joining the VIP team, she worked for the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), a public private partnership that expands university research capacity in Georgia and seeds startup companies around inventions and discoveries. From 2012 – 2018, she was GRA’s Director of Community Engagement, and from 1997 – 2011, she managed many of GRA’s life sciences initiatives. Prior to that, she managed the administration and operations of the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology at Georgia Tech. She began her nonprofit career in fundraising for the arts, most notably with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra