Virginia Commonwealth University VIP Program

601 West Main StreetVCU
Richmond, Virginia 23220, United States

Virginia Commonwealth University - School Of Engineering West Hall

601 West Main Street VCU
RichmondVirginia 23220
United States
Latitude: 37.545607
Longitude: -77.449420

The Institution

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public Doctoral University located in Richmond, VA. VCU occupies approximately 150 acres in downtown Richmond and enrolls undergraduate, graduate, and first professional students. VCU consists of 13 schools and one college offering 62 Bachelor’s, 72 master’s, and 41 doctoral degree programs. The VCU Medical College of Virginia Campus houses one of the nation’s top ranked Medical Schools and Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Health Professionals. It is also the location of the VCU Medical Center which is one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation. The Monroe Park Campus house the Schools of Engineering, Education, Business, Life Sciences, and the College of Humanities and Sciences, among others. VCU is ranked as “Highest Research Activity” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The Program

The VIP@VCU program was started in 2014 with one team comprised of 12 students. The VIP@VCU program has a dedicated program director supported by the School of Engineering. Current VIP teams consist of students from all 5 majors in the School of Engineering as well as students from the School of the Arts, and the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The VIP@VCU program is the first program to work with the lead institution to incorporate the VIP software tools into their program. VIP@VCU is also one of the first universities in the VIP program to participate in the Consortium’s evaluation program. In addition, the VIP@VCU program is experimenting with the process of providing each one of its teams with a publicly-viewable external web site to facilitate advertizing the team and its activities to prospective new students, prospective student employers, and prospective external sponsors.


Dr. Robert Klenke
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VIP Teams

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are currently the most dynamic growth sector of the international aerospace industry. Industry predictions are that in the next 3 to 4 years, more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the UAV area with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. By 2025, that could increase to more then 100,000 jobs and an economic impact of $82 billion....
  • The work environment for Anesthesiologists in the surgical theater, ICU and patient transport is little changed for decades. Significant improvements can be made in patient safety, ergonomics and work flow for anesthesiologists, technicians and nurses. There are a number of potential projects which individually can significantly improve the environment for anesthesiologists and other providers...
  • Medical device development is a growing industry, with a total revenue of about $110 billion and a projected growth rate of 5%. Electro-medical/therapeutic devices currently occupy about 33% of that market. In the Electromagnetics lab, researchers apply electromagnetic principles to the design and development of diagnostic and therapeutic tools, primarily in the area of cancer and diabetes...
  • Since 1979 when the first transdermal delivery of scopolamine was approved in the US, transdermal drug delivery (TDD) has been of a great interest due to the enhanced delivery effectiveness compared to the conventional oral intake that has a limitation of diminished drug concentration in the body. The TDD method has demonstrated that it can resolve issues of inconvenient intravenous injections....
  • An aerosol, by definition, is a gaseous mixture of particles. Aerosol routes offer many distinct advantages in particles’ design and synthesis such as high rates of direct gas-to-particle conversion, high-purity products, as well as fast, continuous, and scalable processes. These processes are widely used in research and industry since they offer great control and flexibility in tailoring...
  • Overactive bladder (OAB) occurs during bladder filling and affects ~20% of the adult US population. The current tool for evaluating bladder filling is a urodynamics study which uses a catheter to fill the bladder while pressure is measured. Tension sensitive nerves in the bladder wall are responsible for providing bladder fullness information to the brain and increased bladder wall tension...
  • There is a critical need to automatically extract and synthesize knowledge and trends in nanotechnology research from an exponentially increasing body of literature. New engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), such as nanomedicines, are continuously being discovered and Natural Language Processing (NLP) approaches can semi‐automate the cataloging of ENMs and their unique physico‐chemical properties....