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.

Areas of Focus:

  • Engage in set-up and operations of the new “Maker Garage”.
  • Become a key participant in enhancing maker culture and innovation by becoming a [Maker Culture Leader (MCL)]. As an MCL, you’ll spend three hours each week staffing the faculties and teaching others how to use our tools and equipment. As a benefit, you will receive extended hours access to the facilities and equipment.
  • Participate in developing, promoting and attending a Maker Culture Speaker Series.
  • Assist in development of seminars, and workshops based on student interests.
  • Contribute in proposals to expand equipment capabilities for the new “Innovation Maker Center”, such as a waterjet machine, additive metal 3D printing and others.

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