Edward J. Coyle received the “Advancing Civic Engagement and Socially Beneficial Science and Engineering” Award at the SUNY-Industry Conference and Showcase: Science and Engineering for Social Good. The conference was held June 3-5, 2018 at Stony Brook, New York. 

Conference themes included areas of critical civic and social importance: energy and environment, health, broadening participation in STEM (human resource development), education and the technological workforce, integrating STEM and the arts and humanities, infrastructure development, technology and security, social media, and data science.

Coyle took part in this conference as one of the plenary speakers and represented the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at Georgia Tech. He was nominated for this award by David Ferguson who is a Distinguished Service Professor of Technology and Society and Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University and was presented the award by Samuel Stanley, the president of Stony Brook University. 

Coyle has been a member of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty since 2008. He holds the John B. Peatman Distinguished Professorship and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. Coyle leads the Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education and the Vertically Integrated Projects Program (VIP), which develop strategies for systemic reform of higher education in all disciplines. 

VIP unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context and involves faculty from almost all colleges at Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams. VIP research projects are multidisciplinary and range from robotics applications of many kinds to intelligent transportation systems to automobile design to brain trauma assessment.

Cutline for photograph (above): Edward J. Coyle is presented with the Advancing Civic Engagement and Socially Beneficial Science and Engineering” Award by David Ferguson (left) and Stony Brook University President google.comSamuel Stanley (right)