Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering is now the VCU College of Engineering. This change reflects the college’s increase in programs, research, faculty and student census, and supports its mission to advance a collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial engineering culture.
College leaders said the growing scope of VCU’s academic programs in engineering — and its robust sponsored research program with collaborations across the Monroe Park and VCU Health campuses, and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park — are in keeping with its designation as a college.
“Since 2013, our faculty numbers have doubled, and our extramural research funding has quadrupled,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair and dean of the VCU College of Engineering. “Becoming the VCU College of Engineering recognizes the rapid growth during the last five years and positions us to continue our forward trajectory.”
VCU defines a college as a large academic unit with a broad scope of degree-granting programs covering multiple disciplines. The university’s 22 year-old engineering college now offers six undergraduate degrees. It also has six master’s programs, as well as a Master of Product Innovation degree affiliated with the VCU da Vinci Center. The college offers five doctoral programs in engineering.
The college houses five interdisciplinary centers and institutes: the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine, the Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center and the Medicines for All Institute.