The Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program



The Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is an undergraduate education program that operates in a research and development context. Undergraduate students that join VIP teams earn academic credit for their participation in design/discovery efforts that assist faculty and graduate students with research and development issues in their areas of expertise. The teams are: multidisciplinary - drawing students from all disciplines on campus; vertically-integrated - maintaining a mix of sophomores through PhD students each semester; and long-term - each undergraduate student may participate in a project for up to three years and each graduate student may participate for the duration of their graduate career. The continuity, technical depth, and disciplinary breadth of these teams are intended to:

Presentations and Infromation Related to the VIP Program

Announcements and News

Current GT VIP Teams:

Teams are listed by name, with the registration section code and individual team meeting time listed in ( ) after the team name. If the team meeting time is listed as "TBD", then the students accepted onto to the team will wrok out a meeting time with the team's adviser(s). Additionally, a common VIP meeting is held Friday 3:00-4:30; the Friday lecture for Spring 2014 is in Klaus 1443. Returning students with a time-conflict should discuss that conflict with the team's faculty advisor.

To Join the VIP Program

How VIP Counts Toward Your Degree

The VIP program supports large, multidisciplinary teams that work on joint research and education projects. Students from the following disciplines have participated in VIP so far: AE, BIO, BME, CEE, ChE, CS, CM, ECE, ISyE, ME, Phys, and Public Policy. The current set of VIP courses and the policies established for how they contribute to a student's degree are:

Information Resources for VIP Faculty & Students

Infrastructure, Facilities, and Resources List

Partners & Supporters

The Helmsley Trust

The National Science Foundation, EHR Directorate, Division of Undergradaute Education

The Carter Center

Georgia Tech Global Fund for Innovation and Research in Education (FIRE)

The TI:GER Program at Georgia Tech

The Colleges of Engineering, Computing, Science, and Architecture at Georgia Tech

Texas Instruments

Cisco Systems, Inc

National Instruments


VIP at Georgia Tech is an effort of the Arbutus Center

The VIP Consortium

The colleges and universities listed below are creating the VIP Consortium. The goals of the consortium include collaborating to start/improve VIP at all sites, achieving systemic reform of education at both the national and international levels, and seeking support to enable all of these activities to be successful. The first meeting of the VIP Consortium took place at Georgia Tech on April 10-11, 2014.

Papers about the VIP Program

N. Viljoen, “Managing for the Triple Bottom Line in Project-Based Learning," 42nd International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, Cape Town, South Africa, July 16-18, 2012.

J. Melkers, A. Kiopa, R.T. Abler, E.J. Coyle, J.M. Ernst, J.V. Krogmeier, and A. Johnson, “The Social Web of Engineering Education: Knowledge Exchange in Integrated Project Teams," Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.

R. Abler, E.J. Coyle, A. Kiopa, and J. Melkers, “Team-based Software/System Development in a Vertically-Integrated, Project-Based Course," Proceedings of the 41'st Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, SD, Oct. 12-15, 2011.

M. Baxter, B. Byun, E.J. Coyle, T. Dang, T. Dwyer, I. Kim, C.-H. Lee, R. Llewallyn, and N. Sephus, “On Project-Based Learning through the Vertically-Integrated Projects Program," Proceedings of the 41'st Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, SD, Oct. 12-15, 2011.

R. Abler, J.V. Krogmeier, A. Ault, J. Melkers, T. Clegg, and E.J. Coyle, “Enabling and Evaluating Collaboration of Distributed Teams with High Definition Collaboration Systems,” Proceedings of the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Louisville, KY, June 20-23, 2010.

E.J. Coyle, J.P. Allebach, and J. Garton Krueger, “The Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program in ECE at Purdue: Fully Integrating Undergraduate Education and Graduate Research,” Proceedings of the 2006 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL, June 18-21, 2006.