Virginia Commonwealth University - 2016

Institution Information

Contact Information

Institution's Mailing Address

Institution Name: Virginia Commonwealth University
Mailing Address: 910 W. Franklin St.
PO Box 842512
City: Richmond
State: VA
Postal Code: 23284
Country: United States
Phone 804-828-1200
Fax: 804-828-7532
Website: http://www.vcu.edu

Engineering College Inquiries

Ram Gupta
Associate Dean for Research, Professor
School of Engineering,
Virginia Commonwealth University
601 West Main Street, Suite 331
Richmond, VA 23284
Phone: 804-828-1211
Fax: 804-828-9866
rbgupta@vcu.edu

Undergraduate Admission Inquiries

Mark Meadows
Director of Student Recruitment
School of Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University
601 West Main Street
P.O. Box 843068
Richmond, VA 23284-3068
Phone: 804-827-4005
Fax: 804-828-3846
mdmeadows@vcu.edu

Afroditi Filippas
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
School of Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University
601 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 843068
Richmond, VA 23284-3068
Phone: 804-827-4097
Fax: 804-828-9866
avfilippas@vcu.edu

Graduate Admission Inquiries

Gregory Triplett
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Dean's Office Engineering.
Virginia Commonwealth University
601 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 843068
Richmond, VA 23284
Phone: 804-828-5387
Fax: 804-828-9866
getriplett@vcu.edu

Institution Information

General Information


Type of institution: PUBLIC
Academic Year: SEMESTERS
Setting of Main Engineering Campus URBAN

Main Campus Information

Is the main campus located in a city with a population greater than 100,000?: Yes
Name of this city, or if no, the name of the nearest city of any size?: Richmond
This city's population (approx.): 214,000
Distance from Main Campus: 0

Total Enrollment

Total Undergraduate enrollment: 24,212
Total Graduate enrollment: 5,259
Total Professional and other enrollment: 1,760

Non-Engineering Degree Granting Colleges

Business, Communications, Dentistry, Education, Fine arts, Liberal arts, Medicine, Natural sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, SOCIAL WORK, ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS, Humanities, Government and Public Affairs

Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

An applicant for degree status must be a graduate of an accredited secondary school (or its equivalent) or hold a GED certificate with adequate scores, defined as a composite score of at least 550 on the GED battery. A high school student should submit an application for admission after completion of the junior year, unless applying for the Early Admission or Advanced Scholar programs, in which case the application should be submitted after the sophomore year. All freshman applicants under the age of 22 are required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. For freshmen, at least 20 high school units are required, with the following minimum distribution of subjects: four units in English; three units in mathematics, one of which must be algebra I and one of which must be geometry or algebra II; three units in science, one of which must be a laboratory science; and three units of history or social sciences or government. Students are encouraged to present at least three units in a modern or ancient language or two units of two foreign languages. A completed application for admission, application fee, and official transcript(s) from all educational institutions attended and a list of courses in progress are required. Transfer applicants with less than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours also will be reviewed on the basis of their high school performance and SAT/ACT scores (if younger than the age of 22). Transfer candidates who have earned fewer than 30 semester credits/45 quarter credits and who are 21 years of age or younger must submit SAT or ACT results and also must meet specific guidelines listed in the Freshman undergraduate admission guidelines section of this chapter. Admission to the Honors College or the Guaranteed Admission programs (medicine, business, education, health and clinical sciences, and many programs in humanities and sciences) requires a separate application.

Recommendations

Applicants to the College of Humanities of Sciences (including pre-professional health sciences), and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Social Work are encouraged to take additional laboratory science courses in high school. Engineering, sciences, computer science, and mathematics applicants are encouraged to take additional mathematics courses. Applicants to Visual Arts, Design and Technical Theater in School of the Arts are required to submit a visual portfolio. Performing Arts applicants are required to visit VCU for an audition and/or interview.

Engineering Information

Head of Engineering

Head of Engineering

Barbara Boyan
Dean
School of Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University
601 West Main Street, Room 331A
P.O. Box 843068
Richmond, VA 23284-3068
Phone: 804-828-3925
Fax: 804-828-9866
bdboyan@vcu.edu

Engineering Information

Engineering Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

Bachelor's:B.S.
Master's:M.S. with thesis, M.S. without thesis, but with project or report
Doctoral:Ph.D.

Computer Science Degrees Awarded Outside the College/School of Engineering

Engineering Information

Engineering Departments

Engineering Department(s) Degree Granting Level Department Chair Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Both Henry Donahue Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Life Science Engineering Both Frank Gupton Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering Graduate Gregory Triplett Engineering (General)
Computer Science Both Krzysztof Cios Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Both Erdem Topsakal Electrical/Computer Engineering
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Both Gary Tepper Mechanical Engineering
Pre-Engineering Undergraduate Afroditi Filippas Other Engineering Disciplines
Undeclared Engineering Undergraduate Afroditi Filippas Other Engineering Disciplines

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Research Centers

  • INCOLL - Research center WITHIN the college of engineering
  • INDEPT - Research center WITHIN an engineering department
  • INUNIV - Research center WITHIN university system
  • OUTUNIV - Research center OUTSIDE the university
Center/Lab Discipline Research Class Head Chair
Institute of Engineering and Medicine Engineering (General) INDEPT L. Franklin Bost
Nanomaterial Core Characterization Center Engineering (General) INCOLL Gary Atkinson
The C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center Engineering (General) INDEPT Frank Gupton
VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation Engineering (General) INCOLL Garret Westlake

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Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Life Science Engineering Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.) Chemical Engineering
Computer Science Computer Science (B.S.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Engineering (B.S.) Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (B.S.) Electrical Engineering
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) Mechanical Engineering
Pre-Engineering Pre-Engineering Other Engineering Disciplines
Undeclared Engineering Undeclared Engineering Other Engineering Disciplines

Master's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Master's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Life Science Engineering Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (M.S.) Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering Engineering (M.S.) Engineering (General)
Computer Science Computer Science (M.S.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (M.S.) Electrical/Computer Engineering
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (M.S.) Other Engineering Disciplines

Doctoral Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Doctoral Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Life Science Engineering Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (Ph.D.) Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering Engineering (Ph.D) Engineering (General)
Computer Science Engineering - Computer Science Track (Ph.D.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (Ph.D.) Electrical/Computer Engineering
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Engineering - Mechanical Track (Ph.D.) Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (Ph.D) Other Engineering Disciplines

Engineering Information

Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Biomedical Engineering
  1. Biomaterials
  2. Cell and Tissue Engineering
  3. Computational Physiology
  4. Convergence
  5. Haptics
  6. Man-machine Interfaces
  7. Mechanobiology of Disease
  8. Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  9. Regenerative Medicine
  10. Rehabilitation and Human Factors Engineering
Chemical and Life Science Engineering
  1. Cellular and Tissue Engineering
  2. Polymers and Materials Science
  3. Life Science Engineering
  4. Metabolic and Systems Engineering
  5. Nano and Microscale Technologies
  6. Catalysis and Process Technology
Computer Science
  1. Big Data Mining
  2. Bioinformatics
  3. Cryptography
  4. Cybersecurity
  5. Information Security
  6. Machine Learning
  7. Medical Informatics
  8. Network Security
  9. Social Networks
  10. Data Science
  11. High Performance Computing
  12. Bioinformatics
  13. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Electrical and Computer Engineering
  1. Microelectronics and Solid State Materials
  2. Nanodevices
  3. Wireless Communications
  4. Sensor Networks
  5. Power Generation and Distribution
  6. Medical Image Processing
  7. Big Data Storage and Transmission
  8. Embedded Systems
  9. Cubersecurity
  10. Cyberphysical systems
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  1. Functional Materials
  2. Energy
  3. Biomedical Devices
  4. Particles and Aerosols
  5. Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  6. Nuclear Engineering

Engineering Information

Societies

Honor Societies

National Groups

  • Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • ACM
  • ACM
  • ACM
  • ACM
  • ACM
  • ACM
  • ACM
  • Am. Inst. of Chemical Engineers
  • Am. Nuclear Society
  • Am. Soc. of Mechanical Engineers
  • Am. Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AC Engr.
  • Assn. for Computing Machinery
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Engineering Student Council
  • Engineering World Health
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Formula SAE
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Linux Users' Group
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Omega Chi Epsilon
  • Soc. for Automotive Engineering
  • Soc. of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Soc. of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Soc. of Women Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity
  • Triangle

Local Groups

  • Aerial Robotics
  • Chem E Car Club
  • Cyber Security @ VCU
  • Engineering Graduate Student Association
  • Engineering Student Council
  • Engineers Engineering Engineers
  • FIRST @ VCU
  • FIRST @VCU
  • GradMNE
  • Graduate Mechanical Engineers
  • Graduate Student Association
  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • RAMDev
  • Sci Kids
  • Society for Engineering and Entrepreneurial Design (SEED)

Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • African Students Association
  • Hispanic Student Association
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Other Student Support Programs

A summer orientation program for new students, including advising and course registration, occurs in June, July, and August. Tutoring is available for freshman and some sophomore courses. Faculty and upper-level students provide assistance in all classes. Math and English programs have assistance labs. Services for students with disabilities are available. The Office of Student Services is very supportive of student success. The Career Center assists students in identifying internship and career opportunities. The University Honors program provides specialized housing and programmatic support for Honors students. Students who are not directly admissible to the majors may participate in the School of Engineering Pre-Engineering Program for up to 2 semesters, are considered part of the School, and are advised by the Office of Student Services.

Engineering Information

Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

Students in the VCU School of Engineering complete the year-long capstone design project during their senior year of undergraduate study. Design projects in the areas of computer science, computer / mechanical / electrical / chemical / life science / biomedical engineering are successfully completed. Past design project titles / topics include: Auditory tour for visually impaired using RFID technology, Fluorescin-coated ophthalmic suture, Neonatal rescue basket, Treating cancer with fibronectin-tagged dendrimers, Continuous process for production of non-rare earth metal nanoparticles for increased energy output of electric motors, Reactor technology, Road-adaptive headlights, Steam iron digital control, Independent Drupal tracking module, Web Application security, Complementary MOS process for the W-VMC, Designing and building a UAV, Microgrid power management toolkit, etc.

Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The School of Engineering offers a 4 year undergraduate program as well as the MS and PhD degrees. Students may apply to a specific program in the first year, or may enter as an undeclared major. The small size of the School encourages support of undergraduates, and provides opportunities for research at the BS level. The curriculum is team-based, and incorporates business, communication, and interdisciplinary emphases throughout. The admission processes on both the undergraduate and graduate levels are personalized, and located within the School. On the graduate level, thriving research programs are truly interdisciplinary, and take advantage of VCU's outstanding resources in the life sciences, including medical, dental, and pharmacy schools, a comprehensive hospital campus, and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. The C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center with 2 clean rooms provides opportunities for seminal research and real world experiences for students.

Engineering Information

Engineering Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Biomedical Engineering 5 4 6 15
Chemical and Life Science Engineering 5 3 2 10
College of Engineering 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 5 2 10 17
Electrical and Computer Engineering 8 5 5 18
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 4 4 0 8
Pre-Engineering 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0
Totals: 27 18 23 68

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Biomedical Engineering 2 0 2 0.00
Note: Pepperl, McClure
Chemical and Life Science Engineering 1 0 1 0.00
Note: Krack
College of Engineering 1 1 2 0.47
Note: Parker, Ward
Computer Science 1 1 2 0.24
Note: Dahlberg, Duke
Electrical and Computer Engineering 3 1 4 0.55
Note: Atkinson, Cabral, Filippas, Morrissett
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 5 3 8 0.95
Note: Bilbao, Gulla, Cartin, Miller, Palapati, Sexton, Vance, Almasri
Pre-Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 13 6 19 2.21

Non-Teaching, Research

Engineering Department(s) Non-Teach. FT Research Personnel Non-Teach. PT Research Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Non-Teach. Research Personnel
Biomedical Engineering 4 1 5 0.51
Note: Mayer, Cohen, Latifi, Schwartz, Zhang
Chemical and Life Science Engineering 18 0 18 0.00
Note: Liu, Xue, Korwar, Bamgbade, Zeng, Gilliland, Jee, Tosso, Desai, He, Wang, Roper, De Oliveira, Castano Londono, Ahmad, Rivalti, Zoueu, Mallepally
College of Engineering 1 0 1 0.00
Note: Pestov
Computer Science 0 0 0 0.00
Electrical and Computer Engineering 3 0 3 0.00
Note: Ding, Bakker, Avrutin
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 7 0 7 0.00
Note: Wang, El Gendy, Clifford, Esmeryan, Cinar, Lee, Nagle
Pre-Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 33 1 34 0.51

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 3 2
Note: Boyan, Donahue, Miller, Jamison, & Wayne
Chemical and Life Science Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Note: Gupton, Wynne, Wen, Peters, and Gupta
College of Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 0
Note: Leonard, Kecman, Cios, Manic, and Kurgan
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
Note: Triplett, Topsakal, He, Zhang, Bandy, Iyer, Klenke, Morkoc
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Note: Tafreshi, Tepper, Longest, Chen
Pre-Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 17 2 0 0 25 2

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2
Note: Wetzel, Zhang, Pawluk, Fei
Chemical and Life Science Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Note: Yang, Yadavalli, Fong
College of Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Note: Arodz, Ghosh
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 1
Note: Resler, Docef, Ozgur, Motai, Hobson Hargraves
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
Note: Atul, Phongikaroon, Mossi, Speich
Pre-Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 1 0 1 0 0 6 1 0 0 14 4

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 4 2
Note: Peterson, Weinberg, Heise, Olivares, Lemmon, Conway
Chemical and Life Science Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Note: Lewinski, Tang
College of Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 8 2
Note: Thomson, Gharibian, Fung, Zhou, Cheng, Dinh, Cano Rojas, Damevski, Bulut, Krawczyk
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 1
Note: Elks, Wang, Xiao, Niu, Kinsey
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pre-Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 9 4 0 0 16 7

Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Applicants to the School of Engineering are required to submit at least 20 high school units, with the following minimum distribution of subjects: four units in English; three units in mathematics, one of which must be algebra I and one of which must be geometry or algebra II; three units in science, one of which must be a laboratory science; and three units of history or social sciences or government. A rigorous high school program is recommended.

Recommended academic background of applicants is as follows: GPA: 3.3 minimum (unweighted) SAT: 1140 minimum, Class rank: top quarter. A personal interview and/or letters of recommendation from teachers might be required at the discretion of the faculty.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Applicants to the School of Engineering are required to submit at least 20 high school units, with the following minimum distribution of subjects: four units in English; three units in mathematics, one of which must be algebra I and one of which must be geometry or algebra II; three units in science, one of which must be a laboratory science; and three units of history or social sciences or government. A rigorous high school program is recommended.

Recommended academic background of applicants is as follows: GPA: 3.3 minimum (unweighted) SAT: 1140 minimum, Class rank: top quarter. A personal interview and/or letters of recommendation from teachers might be required at the discretion of the faculty.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Applicants to the School of Engineering must have graduated from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. The secondary education should be of the type that would prepare one for entrance to a recognized university in one’s home country. VCU also requires applicants to have completed the following academic units by the final year of the high-school curriculum: mathematics, natural science, history or social science, and English or foreign language.
It is recommended that applicants have a GPA of at least 3.3 (unweighted). A personal interview and/or letters of recommendation from teachers might be required at the discretion of the faculty. A Visa is required upon admission. A TOEFL exam is required of all students if they have not taken one. They must have a score of 550 or better on the paper/pencil exam, or a computer based score of 213 or better, or an IBT (Internet Based Testing) score of at least 79. If a student submits the minimum allowable TOEFL score with their application, the English Language Program is not required. ELP is required for all who do not have the TOFEL score when they apply to the school.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Applicants to the School of Engineering are required to submit at least 20 high school units, with the following minimum distribution of subjects: four units in English; three units in mathematics, one of which must be algebra I and one of which must be geometry or algebra II; three units in science, one of which must be a laboratory science; and three units of history or social sciences or government. A rigorous high school program is recommended.

Recommended academic background of applicants is as follows: GPA: 3.3 minimum (unweighted) SAT: 1140 minimum, Class rank: top quarter. A personal interview and/or letters of recommendation from teachers might be required at the discretion of the faculty.

Residency Requirements

Residency requirements are similar for all incoming students. Generally students are considered non-residents unless they can prove in-state domicile for no less than one year immediately preceding the first day of class attendance.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students should have a strong background in mathematics and sciences and should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 67
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 15

Undergraduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): In-State / Out-of-State

Undergraduate Group 1 Undergraduate Group 2
Tuition & Fees: $15,402 $35,878
Room & Board: $7,532 $7,532
Books & Supplies: $2,000 $2,000
Other Expenses:
Estimated avg. course load per term: 17 17
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Undergraduate

New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 1,849
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 1,440
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 361
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 71%

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 670 580
Reading Range: 650 550
Writing Range: 620 520
Combined Range: 1320 1140
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range: 30 26
Composite Range: 31 25

Undergraduate

Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) 52 59 67 110 288 6
Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.) 25 38 43 53 159 13
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 26 33 25 30 114 11
Computer Science (B.S.) 42 54 80 102 278 42
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 23 28 28 77 156 12
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 49 112 119 211 491 44
Pre-Engineering 46 4 1 0 51 0
Undeclared Engineering 18 3 4 0 25 1
Totals: 281 331 367 583 1562 129

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 2 0 26 0
Women 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 26 0
Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.)
Men 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 18 0
Women 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 7 1
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 21 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 7 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 33 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 9 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 4 0 20 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 28 0 2 0 41 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 0
Pre-Engineering
Men 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 7 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 29 0
Women 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 5 0 4 0 17 0
Undeclared Engineering
Men 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
Women 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
Totals: 30 0 4 0 19 0 0 0 51 0 34 0 0 0 126 1 17 0 281 1

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 26 0
Women 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 16 0 4 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 33 0
Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.)
Men 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 22 0
Women 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 16 1
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 1 1 0 29 1
Women 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 11 0 3 1 0 0 24 0 1 0 43 3
Women 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 24 1
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 13 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 4 0 6 0 0 0 58 1 1 0 89 1
Women 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 14 0 1 0 23 0
Pre-Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Undeclared Engineering
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 45 0 2 0 19 2 0 1 72 0 27 1 0 0 158 3 8 0 331 7

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 0 1 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 33 0
Women 5 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 10 1 3 0 0 0 9 1 2 0 34 2
Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 12 1 2 0 23 1
Women 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 20 1
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 2 4 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 21 2
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 1
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 17 1 4 0 0 0 38 7 6 1 70 9
Women 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 25 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 19 0 0 0 11 1 1 0 14 0 9 0 0 0 46 6 4 0 104 7
Women 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 15 1
Pre-Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Engineering
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 43 0 5 0 27 2 1 0 77 4 34 0 0 0 163 17 17 1 367 24

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 24 0 2 0 0 0 24 2 0 0 53 2
Women 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 23 2 4 0 0 0 24 0 3 0 57 2
Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 7 1 0 0 16 6 2 0 33 9
Women 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 20 0
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 6 0 4 2 0 0 13 1 2 0 30 7
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 2 0 1 1 7 0 0 1 13 9 3 1 0 1 51 12 5 0 82 25
Women 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 7 3 1 0 20 5
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 16 1 7 2 0 0 30 8 4 0 62 11
Women 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 15 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 26 1 3 1 9 3 0 0 25 2 25 3 0 0 87 21 4 0 179 31
Women 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 6 0 0 0 16 1 0 2 32 4
Pre-Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 44 3 5 4 33 7 0 1 129 15 64 10 0 1 286 54 22 2 583 97

Undergraduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) 3 1 4 0 22 2 0 26 1 59 29 30
Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.) 4 0 3 0 4 3 0 17 0 31 17 14
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 8 0 13 12 1
Computer Science (B.S.) 1 0 3 0 12 0 0 25 0 41 36 5
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 1 0 3 0 3 3 0 12 0 22 20 2
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 3 0 6 0 13 4 0 38 3 67 56 11
Pre-Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 13 1 19 0 57 13 0 126 4 233 170 63

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) 1 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 10 12 2 0 0 0 14 12 1 0 59
Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.) 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 12 5 0 0 31
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 13
Computer Science (B.S.) 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 23 2 0 0 41
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 22
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 3 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 11 2 4 0 0 0 30 8 3 0 67
Pre-Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 10 3 0 1 12 7 0 0 35 22 11 2 0 0 98 28 4 0 233

Undergraduate

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Dual degrees are the concurrent fulfillment of the requirements of two majors and two degrees. To earn dual degrees, the student must fulfill all the requirements of the degree programs in both majors, the general education requirements of the primary degree and complete an additional 30 credit hours above the minimum hour degree requirement of the primary degree.

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

18

Undergraduate

Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day Optional
Chemical and Life Science Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day Optional
Computer Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day Optional
Computer Science (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day Optional
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day Optional
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day Optional
Pre-Engineering no 0.00 0.00 Both None
Undeclared Engineering no 0.00 0.00 Both None

Graduate

Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Students wishing to apply for graduate admission must submit an on-line application, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (sent directly from college or university registrars to the VCU Office of Admissions), letters of recommendation from three present or former teachers or others believed by the applicant to be qualified to evaluate fitness to engage in graduate study for the degree in the field of choice, and a personal letter from the applicant summarizing motivation, education and aims in pursuing graduate study. Verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination are required for all applicants and are recommended for M.D./Ph.D. applicants. Advanced or subject tests are not required. Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official WES or ECE external credential evaluation as a required part of the admissions process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions. All official transcripts and relevant credentials (e.g., diplomas and marksheets) will be required if admitted. All external credential evaluations should be no older than two years as of the official date received by the Office of Admissions. Once credentials and/or credential evaluations are sent to VCU, they will not be returned to the prospective student or sent to a third party.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering: In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Engineering for admission to graduate programs, applicants to the Biomedical Engineering program must have a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering or a closely related discipline. Biomedical Engineering has the following admissions criteria for all entering graduate students (for both M.S. and Ph.D. applicants): Minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 during the previous 60 credit hours (for applicants with a B.S.) or for all graduate credit hours (for applicants with an M.S.), Minimum GRE score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative sections) including a minimum 150 on the quantitative section, Minimum TOEFL score of 100 for students whose first/native language is not English.

Computer Science: In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Engineering for admission to graduate programs, applicants to the Computer Science program must have a B.S. degree in computer science or a closely related discipline. A minimum of 30 semester credits in undergraduate mathematical sciences, computer science or related areas of which at least 18 semester credits must represent upper-level courses is required. Minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 during the previous 60 credit hours (for applicants with a B.S.) or for all graduate credit hours (for applicants with an M.S)

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering: In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Engineering for admission to graduate programs, applicants to the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering program must have a B.S. degree in engineering or a closely related discipline and a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 during the previous 60 credit hours (for applicants with a B.S.) or for all graduate credit hours (for applicants with an M.S).

Engineering: In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Engineering for admission to graduate programs, applicants to the Engineering program must have a B.S. degree in engineering or a closely related discipline and a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 during the previous 60 credit hours (for applicants with a B.S.) or for all graduate credit hours (for applicants with an M.S).

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International applicants for whom English is not their native language must meet university admission requirements for performance on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The current minimum TOEFL score is 550 paper/ 80 internet-based/250 computer based. The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5, but most graduate programs prefer an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher. Application fee is $65. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Engineering for admission to graduate programs, foreign applicants to an engineering program must meet department specific requirements for that program.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Engineering for admission to graduate programs, non-resident applicants to an engineering program must meet department specific requirements for that program.

Residency Requirements

Residency requirements are similar for all incoming students. Generally students are considered non-residents unless they can prove in-state domicile for no less than one year immediately preceding the first day of class attendance.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Engineering for admission to graduate programs, applicants transferring from another institution of higher education to an engineering program must meet department specific requirements for that program.

Graduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): In-State / Out-of-State

Graduate Group 1 Graduate Group 2
Tuition & Fees: $11,238 $22,034
Room & Board: $13,568 $13,568
Books & Supplies: $750 $750
Other Expenses: $728 $728
Estimated avg. course load per term: 9 9
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Graduate

New Applicants

New Graduate Applicants

A. Number of graduate applicants to the engineering college: 206
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 123
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 51

Graduate

Enrollments by Class

Master's

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 4 6 1 1 10 8
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 3 2
Computer Science (M.S.)
Men 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 6 5
Women 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 2
Engineering (M.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (M.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 1
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (M.S.)
Men 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 7 4
Women 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (M.S.)
Men 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 5 8
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 20 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 6 0 0 0 14 23 3 2 51 30

Doctoral

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 14 1 1 0 18 1
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 8 1
Engineering (Ph.D)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (Ph.D.)
Men 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 10 3
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1
Engineering - Computer Science Track (Ph.D.)
Men 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 16 2
Women 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 1
Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (Ph.D.)
Men 18 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 29 5
Women 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Engineering - Mechanical Track (Ph.D.)
Men 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (Ph.D)
Men 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 17 0 1 0 42 0
Women 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Totals: 76 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 8 2 5 1 0 0 56 7 2 0 149 16

Graduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 0 8 3 5
Computer Science (M.S.) 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 15 6 9
Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (M.S.) 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 8 5 3
Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (M.S.) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 7 7 0
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (M.S.) 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 9 0 17 16 1
Totals: 24 1 1 0 3 2 0 23 1 55 37 18

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 8
Computer Science (M.S.) 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 15
Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (M.S.) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 8
Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (M.S.) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 7
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (M.S.) 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 17
Totals: 14 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 17 6 1 0 55

Master's Degree Programs

Master's Degree Program Degree Type
Master's w/ Thesis Master's w/o Thesis or with Proj./Report Program Totals
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 8 0 8
Computer Science (M.S.) 3 12 15
Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (M.S.) 3 5 8
Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (M.S.) 4 3 7
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (M.S.) 2 15 17
Totals: 20 35 55

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 3 0
Engineering (Ph.D) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1
Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (Ph.D.) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 2 1
Engineering - Computer Science Track (Ph.D.) 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 1
Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (Ph.D.) 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 5 1
Engineering - Mechanical Track (Ph.D.) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 1
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (Ph.D) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals: 14 0 1 0 2 3 0 2 0 22 17 5

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Engineering (Ph.D) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Engineering - Chemical and Life ScienceTrack (Ph.D.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Engineering - Computer Science Track (Ph.D.) 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Engineering - Elec/Comp Track (Ph.D.) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Engineering - Mechanical Track (Ph.D.) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (Ph.D) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Totals: 11 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 22

Graduate

Research Expenditures

Expenditures by Research Department

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Engineering Department External Funding Source
Biomedical Engineering
Total#: 36 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,469,000 Industry: $62,000 Priv/Non: $219,000
State: $30,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,780,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Total#: 23 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $817,000 Industry: $100,000 Priv/Non: $4,009,000
State: $11,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $4,937,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
College of Engineering
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Computer Science
Total#: 18 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $562,000 Industry: $20,000 Priv/Non: $2,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $584,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Total#: 26 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,518,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $35,000
State: $39,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,592,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Total#: 44 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $2,090,000 Industry: $202,000 Priv/Non: $308,000
State: $134,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $2,734,000
Totals:
Total#: 147 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $6,456,000 Industry: $384,000 Priv/Non: $4,573,000
State: $214,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $11,627,000

Expenditures by Research Center

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Center/Lab External Funding Source
Institute of Engineering and Medicine
Total#: 13 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $819,000 Industry: $49,000 Priv/Non: $2,000
State: $17,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $887,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Nanomaterial Core Characterization Center
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
The C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center
Total#: 5 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $374,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $374,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Totals:
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0


Grand Totals:
Total#: 147 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $6,456,000 Industry: $384,000 Priv/Non: $4,573,000
State: $214,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $11,627,000

The following text was offered to each school as a guideline for the calculation of externally-funded research expenditures:

Include all expenditures associated with grants and contracts specifically budgeted for externally sponsored research and associated programs and expenditures associated with all gifts auditably used for research. Include expended funds provided by the following external sources:

  1. Federal Government
  2. State Government
  3. Foreign Governments
  4. Industry
  5. Non-Profit Organizations (e.g. foundations)
  6. Individuals
  7. Local Government

The expenditures reported should be only those funds provided by organizations, agencies, and individuals external to the institution. Cost sharing/matching funds should be included only if provided from sources external to the institution.

Only State government funds that were obtained competitively or as matching funds associated with other externally funded programs should be included. State funds that are part of the normal operating budget should not be included regardless of purpose.

For all joint or contracted projects or sub-projects, only the portion of the center research performed by faculty, staff, and students of the affiliated engineering school should be credited to that school. Expenditures for capital costs of research laboratory building construction should not be included.

Expenditures for research laboratory renovations should not be included unless the renovation funds expended came from grants and contracts expressly intended for the direct support of engineering research.

Any portion of academic year and/or summer salary for any researcher that is not derived from external research grants or contracts should not be counted.

Total #: Report total number of individual grants, not the total dollar amount of the expenditures.

Expenditures: Report actual expenditures (as opposed to authorization amounts) in U.S. dollars.

Time frame for expenditures: Report expenditures for your current fiscal year.

Research centers listed as "WITHIN an engineering department" on the Research Centers page (screen 7) of the College of Engineering Profile, will not have their expenditures added to the school's total research expenditures. Such expenditures can be included in the department total, while still being listed for the appropriate center. This allows users to list the expenditures in two areas without double-counting.

Graduate

Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program offers both the Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering. Students pursue courses and research in a variety of areas that include regenerative medicine, rehabilitation engineering, musculoskeletal biomechanics, cell and matrix biomechanics and tissue engineering, nanomedicine, artificial heart technologies, medical imaging, speech recognition, and bioacoustics. This experience is important for future career goals in research or in industry. Each Master of Science student must successfully complete a thesis describing his or her individualized research project. The student must then undergo an examination by his or her advisory committee of the research, thesis documentation, and underlying educational foundation necessary to have successfully completed the research. Each Doctor of Philosophy student must successfully complete written and comprehensive exams in the department, defend his or her proposed individualized research project, and complete a dissertation on the research project. The student must then undergo an examination by his or her advisory committee of the research, dissertation documentation, and underlying educational foundation necessary to have successfully completed the research.

Chemical and Life Science Engineering

The Chemical and Life Science Engineering track is designed for students who are interested in applying engineering principles toward contemporary topics including process design, metabolic engineering, stem cell engineering, systems biology, pharmaceutical engineering, nanotechnology and functional materials, the design, processing and characterization of high-performance polymers, energy conversion and environmental sustainability.
Major emphasis is placed on chemical engineering fundamentals with additional emphasis on applied chemistry and life sciences.

Computer Science

The Computer Science track is designed primarily for students interested in advanced research related to big data, cybersecurity, bio-inspired sensor networks, cognitive sensor networks, computational biology, neuroinformatics, data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, quantum computing, security and privacy in social networks, cloud computing, and smart grids. The track coursework covers foundational aspects of computer science theory with emphasis on topics concerning privacy and security of computing and networking platforms, and issues related to data science.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical Engineering track is designed to prepare students for practice, research and/or teaching of electrical engineering at the advanced level. The track provides intensive preparation for professional practice in the microelectronics, nanoelectronics, computer engineering and controls and communications aspects of electrical engineering. At the advanced level, this track prepares individuals to perform original, leading edge research in the broad areas of microelectronics, nanoelectronics, controls and communications and computer engineering.

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering track is designed primarily for students who have an interest in pursuing research in the advanced and emerging technologies in mechanical and nuclear engineering. Those include but are not limited to thermal sciences, materials, design and manufacturing, and computational mechanics. Mechanical engineers design and analyze machines of all types, including automobiles, airplanes, submarines, power generation systems, biomedical instrumentation, robots, manufacturing systems, household appliances and many, many more. Emphasis is placed on modern research areas such as smart materials, microporous and corrosion materials, solar and nuclear energy, flow controls, pulmonary drug delivery, nuclear energy and radial imaging, microelectro mechanicals systems (MEMS), nanotechnology and biomechanics.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Institute of Engineering and Medicine

The Institute for Engineering and Medicine, constructed in 2009 as an addition to West Hall, houses labs that foster collaborative programs between the VCU School of Engineering, VCU Life Sciences and the VCU School of Medicine. The state-of-the-art collaborative research environment is one of the largest configurable research spaces in the U.S. It features:
--Two stories and 25,000 square feet of flexible lab space
--Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility
--Scanning electron microscope
--Collaborative research among engineering and other disciplines

Nanomaterial Core Characterization Center

The NCC is a research core facility of the VCU Office of Research and located in the Institute for Engineering and Medicine. The NCC is also a partnership between the VCU School of Engineering and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. As a core research facility, resources and services are available by contract to not only university faculty but industry as well.

The NCC offers technologies that benefit multi-disciplinary industrial and scholarly research in a broad range of sciences to modify, manipulate or tailor the surface, size, or shape of a particular material.

With the NCC you gain access to over $11 million in sophisticated materials characterization equipment and analytical services unique to the mid-Atlantic region

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center

This is an integrative research and education enterprise focused on Semiconductor Materials, MEMS and Nano Technology..

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center features a 7,500-square-foot Class-1000 cleanroom for the fabrication and development of a wide array of micro- and nanofabricated devices, as well as state-of-the-art materials.

Device fabrication includes high-speed solid-state electronic devices, optical devices, silicon MOS transistors, micro-electro-mechanical systems, solar cells, microfluidic components, surface acoustic wave devices, biochips, and other state-of-the-art microsensors and systems. Devices are fabricated on materials ranging from MOCVD- and MBE-grown semiconductors, wide bandgap semiconductors and III-V semiconductors to conventional silicon and dielectric materials.

The center is divided into two separate facilities, the first floor 4,500-square-foot Class-1000 Interdisciplinary Cleanroom as well as the 3,000-square-foot Class-1000 Microelectronics Materials and Device Laboratory.

VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation

A collaboration among VCU’s School of the Arts and the schools of Business and Engineering, the da Vinci Center for Innovation is a unique collegiate model that advances interdisciplinary innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship. Within the da Vinci Center, students from the three schools work together on team-based projects for corporate affiliates.

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Subject Areas of Research

Subject Areas

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Air Filtration
  • Alternative and Direct Energy Conversion
  • Artificial Heart
  • Bioacoustics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Signal and Image Processing
  • Cell and matrix biomechanics
  • Chemical Sensors and Radiation Detectors
  • Circulatory Flow Devices
  • Computational Fluid and Biofluid Mechanics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Security
  • Controls and Communication
  • Corrosion
  • Data Mining and Biomedical Informatics
  • Database
  • Evolutionary Engineering
  • Eye Tracking and Head Tracking
  • Flow Control
  • Fluid Solid Interaction
  • Fuel Cell and Advanced Battery Materials
  • High Throughput Genomics & Systems Biology
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Physics
  • Medical Polymers and Processing
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Microelectronics and Solid State Materials
  • Microporous materials
  • Molecular Transport and Process Engineering
  • Muscle biomechanics
  • Nano-precision Positioning, Control and Mechatronic Systems
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • Nanosciences and Biomaterials
  • Networks and Communications
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nuclear Power
  • Orthopaedic Research
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Protein and cellular Engineering
  • Pulmonary Mechanbiology
  • Pulmonary drug delivery
  • Rehabilitation Technology and Haptics
  • Robotics
  • Sensor materials
  • Smart Materials
  • Speech Recognition
  • Stem Cell Bioengineering
  • Supercritical Fluids Research
  • Tissue and Cellular Engineering
  • Ultrasonic Imaging and Cardiovascular Hemodynamics
  • Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems

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Dual Degrees

Graduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

None.

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Student Appointments

Appointments by Department

Appointments - Number of Appointments
Stipend - Average Monthly Stipend

Department Fellowships TA RA Other Total Appts.
Biomedical Engineering
Appointments: 5 15 15 0 35
Stipends: $2,083 $2,083 $2,083 $0
Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Appointments: 2 8 4 0 14
Stipends: $2,083 $2,083 $2,083 $0
College of Engineering
Appointments: 0 0 0 0 0
Stipends: $0 $0 $0 $0
Computer Science
Appointments: 2 17 6 0 25
Stipends: $2,083 $2,083 $2,083 $0
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Appointments: 4 20 17 0 41
Stipends: $2,083 $2,083 $2,083 $0
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Appointments: 4 23 23 0 50
Stipends: $2,083 $2,083 $2,083 $0
All Total Appointments 17 83 65 0 165