Coyle Tapped for SUNY-Industry Conference Award

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Edward J. Coyle presented with award at SUNY Industry Conference and Showcase

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)

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Atlanta, GA

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jackie.nemeth@ece.gatech.edu

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Jackie Nemeth

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

404-894-2906

VIP Consortium Receives 2019 ABET Innovation Award

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Edward J. Coyle

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Consortium has been selected for the 2019 ABET Innovation Award “for community-building around and dissemination of the Vertically Integrated Projects model, a scalable, cost-effective approach to undergraduate research adopted by 35 colleges and universities around the world.”

The ABET Innovation Award recognizes vision and commitment that challenge the status-quo in technical education. It honors individuals, organizations, or teams that are breaking new ground by developing and implementing innovation into their ABET-accredited programs. 

According to the ABET website, true innovation is hard to define, but easy to identify. This award distinguishes programs or individuals that have brought a significant innovation to STEM education in areas like curriculum development, laboratory experiences, teaching methodologies, cross-disciplinary programs, and experiential learning–almost anything designed and proven to improve a student’s educational experience.

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is a transformative approach to enhancing higher education by engaging undergraduate and graduate students in ambitious, long-term, large-scale, multidisciplinary project teams that are led by faculty. In VIP, teams of undergraduate students–from various years, disciplines, and backgrounds–work with faculty and graduate students in their areas of scholarship and exploration. Undergraduate students earn academic credit for their work and have direct experience with the innovation process, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the extended efforts of their teams.  

The VIP Program at Georgia Tech is led by Edward J. Coyle, who developed the VIP concept. As of Spring 2019, there were 70 VIP teams at Georgia Tech with more than 1,100 students enrolled. While the program originated in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, students from each of the six colleges on campus participate. Student applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019 at www.vip.gatech.edu

Under Coyle’s leadership, the VIP Program has spread to dozens of universities around the world. The VIP Consortium (www.vip-consortium.org) is an alliance of institutions that have successfully implemented the VIP Program and engage in collaborative efforts to continue to improve and disseminate the model. To date, 35 institutions across the globe have joined the VIP Consortium, and thousands of students participate in VIP programs on these campuses each semester. Each partner site adapts the model to its own unique environment, using an essential set of program elements and specialized tools for program management and assessment. 

ABET (www.abet.org) is the professional accreditation agency providing leadership and quality assurance in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education. The ABET Innovation Award is given to a nominee selected by their peers. The president of ABET annually appoints a special committee for review of nominations for this award. The Awards Committee’s recommendations are presented to the members of the Board of Delegates for concurrence.

Awards will be presented at the 2019 ABET Awards Celebration on Friday, November 1 at the Hilton in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information about the VIP Consortium and VIP @ Georgia Tech, contact:

Edward J. Coyle                                                                                

Director, VIP @ Georgia Tech & VIP Consortium

John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor; and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar 

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology                                                         

ejc@gatech.edu

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Atlanta, GA

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jackie.nemeth@ece.gatech.edu

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Jackie Nemeth

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

404-894-2906

Triple Major Daniel Gurevich is the 2020 Love Scholarship Winner

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Editor's Note: This story was originally published by Renay San Miguel, Jess Hunt-Ralston, and Cory Hopkins on the Office of Undergraduate Education website. This version has been tailored for the College of Sciences community.

What's it like to work on three bachelor’s degrees (mathematics, physics, and industrial and systems engineering) at once? For Daniel Gurevich, it's a balance of hard work, gratitude, connecting the dots across distant scientific fields, and setting aside time to connect with fellow students—and chess players.

Gurevich, who has already won a raft of academic achievement awards while at Georgia Tech, was a shoo-in for the 2020 Love Scholarship. The Love Family Foundation Scholarship is one of the highest awards Georgia Tech gives to a student each year. The award of $10,000 is given to a graduating senior who has the “most outstanding scholastic record of all members of the class.” Winners are selected by the associate and assistant deans of all six colleges.

A candidate for May 2020 graduation, Gurevich has already published four papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and aspects of his research have been presented at conferences in Germany, Spain, France, Utah, and Colorado.

As if all that isn’t enough to keep an ambitious student busy, Gurevich is also an International Master in Chess. He started pitting pawns and bishops against each other at age 5 and won his first national title at age 6. He's twice conquered the SuperNationals, an all-star-style tournament of the top U.S. players in grades K-12 that’s held every four years. After he won the Georgia State Championship in 2015, he became an International Master.

A cherished memory for Gurevich? Meeting chess legend Garry Kasparov at age 11. “I had made it to the top board of the elementary school championship and Kasparov was making my ceremonial first move,” he remembers. “It was very inspiring to have the chance to talk to my chess idol so early in my chess career, and I ended up winning both of my games the next day and became the national champion.”

Gurevich, who was nominated by both the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering for the Love Award, is also a 2020 University System of Georgia (USG) Academic Recognition Day Award recipient, National Merit Scholar, and a National AP Scholar. He attended Georgia Tech as a President’s Gold Scholar. During his time at the Institute, he received the Presidential Undergraduate Research Award (PURA), the College of Sciences’ Roger M. Wartell and Stephen E. Brossette Award for Multidisciplinary Studies in Biology, the A. Joyce Nickelson and John C. Sutherland Undergraduate Research Award, the School of Physics’ Letson Undergraduate Research Scholarship, and the Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience’s Petit Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

“Getting this award was wonderful and unexpected news," Gurevich says. “It really means a lot to me to have been selected out of so many outstanding students at Georgia Tech, and I am very honored to have the results of my hard work recognized. I'm grateful for all of the support I have received from the Georgia Tech community, particularly my professors and advisors.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of Daniel for being granted this prestigious award,” said Steve McLaughlin, dean and Southern Company chair of the College of Engineering. “His excellent scholastic record, as well as his involvement in multiple research labs here at Tech is an outstanding accomplishment that sets an exceptional example for all students.”

“Daniel’s accomplishments are an inspiration not only to students, but to all of us in the Georgia Tech community," noted Susan Lozier, College of Sciences Dean and Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair. "I am in awe of the breadth of Daniel's interests, productivity, and generosity. The College of Sciences is extraordinarily proud of Daniel and certainly looking forward to the years ahead as we follow his post-graduation journey.”

"As the recipient over the last two years of both the College of Sciences' Nickelson-Sutherland Undergraduate Research Award and the Wartell-Brossette Award, it is very fitting that Daniel now receive this top institutional honor," added David Collard, College of Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Gurevich has also tried to pass along his love of chess to younger students. He co-founded Chess Advantage, which provides after-school chess instruction and private coaching in the greater Atlanta area. He also wrote the Q&A column in Chess Life Kids, teh publication of the United States Chess Federation (US Chess) for age 12 and under, which has more than 10,000 subscribers. 

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Triple Major Daniel Gurevich Represents Georgia Tech with Top USG Academic Honor

 

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Georgia Institute of Technology
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