LOCATION: NYU Makerspace, Eventspace & Makerspace Foyer – 6 MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201
TIME: Friday, December 7th, 2018 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm
New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering is proud to host the 2nd Annual Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Mid-Atlantic Conference on December 7th, 2018.
VIP is an international consortium of over 30 universities spanning multiple continents and continuously expanding. The VIP Program is the next revolution of experiential learning in higher education. It unites undergraduate education and faculty research, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship in a team-based context that creates long-term, large-scale projects.
Attend the conference to see displays from different teams from across the region and showcase your projects to the VIP consortium. The theme for this conference is collaboration for innovation. There will be a presentation from the VIP Consortium Director and a tour of the experiential learning spaces at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Student teams will have the potential to earn $5000 in award prizes for their leadership in innovation and VIP Consortium VIPer Pit (similar to Shark Tank) competition.
Noon-1 PM Registration, Lunch, and Poster/Exhibit Set Up
1-2:00 PM Introduction and Keynotes
- Opening Remarks: NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Jelena Kovačević
- About NYU VIP and the Mid-Atlantic Conference: NYU VIP Director Professor Jack Bringardner
- About the VIP Consortium: Director of VIP Consortium Professor Ed Coyle
- Keynote Speaker
2-3:30 PM VIP Exhibit & Poster Competition
- All VIP teams from each site welcome
- $1,000 award for top in each category (to continue team’s efforts): 1) teamwork/leadership/collaboration, 2) effective communication/presentation, and 3) innovation/effort
3:30-3:45 PM Break and Presentation Set Up
3:45-4:30 PM VIPer Pit
- Short shark tank style pitch, limited to 1.5-minute elevator pitch from team leaders, 2-minute promo video
- The top team at each institution (selected by their director)
- $1,000 award to top 2 teams based on viability and social impact (to continue the team’s efforts)
4:30-4:45 PM Closing Remarks & VIP for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Strathclyde VIP Director Professor Stephen Marshall
4:45-5:00 PM Wrap Up and Collection of Contact Info for Award Winners
VIP MID-ATLANTIC REGION UNIVERSITIES
ABOUT NYU VIP
The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is the next revolution in higher education research. It unites undergraduate education and faculty research, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship in a team-based context that creates long-term, large-scale projects. The VIP Program started at Purdue in 2001 and found a new home at Georgia Tech in 2009. Since then, the program has expanded to a consortium of 30 universities, with NYU as the only New York City-based institution.
The essential characteristics of the VIP Program are: (1) projects based on faculty mentor’s innovation projects; (2) undergraduate participation for course credit; and (3) learning outcomes focused on the development of disciplinary and professional skills. VIP faculty research benefits from large, multidisciplinary teams made up of 1st through 4th year students—with each student participating from one to three years. Each team lasts at least four years (longer than any one student) and can continue up to decades with new students replacing those whom graduated. The VIP model helps to break down the barriers to innovation including the silos of discipline, time, and mission. In VIP courses, multidisciplinary groups can tackle large-scale, grand challenges outside the time constraints of the academic calendar. NYU’s core missions of education, research, and service are inherently integrated through VIP courses.
VIPs are a transformative force in experiential learning. Students gain a more well-rounded learning experience when they can apply concepts to real-world problems. Through VIPs, students interact with the professor’s industry partners (i.e., potential employers), have the opportunity to commercialize their ideas, and receive course credit. Additionally, VIP courses help students develop professional skills such as written and oral communication, teamwork, and creative problem solving. Undergraduates gain from the long-term activity in a research topic and they get to contribute to the research project in a meaningful way. As students progress through the courses, their seniority on the project demands leadership, management, and mentorship roles that prepare them for the workforce. Many of these skills are passed down from professor to graduate student to undergraduate student creating a sustainable environment for projects to flourish. These advantages are why so many universities have adopted the VIP consortium model, and why NYU is working to expand our VIP program.
The VIP goal of systemic reform of higher education aligns with the forward-thinking vision of the NYU. Each VIP enables invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship opportunities for students through NYU’s world-class research. The program has the ability to enhance NYU’s strengths in health, urban systems, entrepreneurship, and information technology. Students that participate will have an enriched experience including the chance to develop professional skills in all four years—from their first-year cornerstone project to senior-year capstone design. The diverse and inclusive approach of VIP encourages human-centered design. Born anywhere, made in Brooklyn is the theme of the NYU Tandon, and the goal for VIP is to enable innovation and making for everyone on NYU’s campus. The VIP Program will draw on the strengths of the school by connecting undergraduate students to real-world projects, alumni, and industry partners.
NYU VIP DIRECTORS
Director of Vertically Integrated Projects
Co-Director of Vertically Integrated Projects