Innovation Maker Culture

Innovation Maker Culture

To develop future engineering, technical, and design professionals with the necessary innovation, design, and leadership skills to succeed, VCU’s College of Engineering is expanding its capacity to provide experiential learning and create a culture that encourages and supports innovation and entrepreneurship. Creative analysis, design thinking, ideation, and solution development require experience in less-structured project environments.

The new 4,000 sq.ft. “Maker Garage” on Cary Street to be competed in the fall semester will augment to West 107 Innovation Shop. Also, the Engineering Research Building under construction will have an additional 9,000 sq.ft. “Innovation Maker Center” on the first floor. Our goal is to develop student leaders to substantially manage these facilities and to provide peer-to-peer training and mentoring on equipment and projects.

The goal of the VIP Maker Culture team is to build a team of creative undergraduate and graduate students to engage in enhancing, supporting and sustaining culture and skills development through personal involvement, mentoring and training others. We seek to provide resources for designing, prototyping, and sharing skills through workshops, experienced guidance, and access to a variety of “make it real” equipment.

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Interested? Contact Prof. Franklin Bost (lfbost@vcu.edu)