Virginia Commonwealth University

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Fall 2011

Dominion Resources / Science Museum of Virginia

The team was tasked with designing a hydrokinetic solution that uses the James River to power the Rice House, which is owned by the Science Museum of Virginia.

Student Team:

Clay Crenwelge (Engineering, Chemical)

Michael Dougherty (Business, Business Administration & Management)

Angela Melito (Arts, Graphic Design)

William Pedler (Engineering, Electrical)

Moria Pruefer (Arts, Communication Arts)

Faculty Mentors:

Dr. Kenneth B. Kahn, Professor and da Vinci Center Director, Department of Marketing (Business)

Ms. Allison Schumacher, Instructor, Department of Graphic Design (Arts)

The Baby Jogger Company

The team was given two patents recently purchased by the company and asked to see how best to integrate these patents into the current baby jogger product offering.

Student Team:

Shantoya Evans (Engineering, Electrical)

Kevin Lessard (Engineering, Biomedical)

Danny Moss (Business, Marketing)

Cesley Musngi (Arts, Graphic Design)

Rachel Ramey (Arts, Communication Arts)

Michael Seymour (Business, Marketing)

Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Vamsi Yadavalli, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science (Engineering

Dynamic Brands

The team was given two patents recently received through company acquisition and asked to see how best to integrate into the company’s golf bag product line.

Student Team:

Diego Alarcon (Business, Entrepreneurship)

Victoria Almeida (Business, Marketing)

Cassie Harris (Business, Marketing)

Charlie Kessinger (Engineering, Chemical)

Logan Martin (Arts, Graphic Design)

Toliver Roebuck (Arts, Painting and Printmaking)

Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Elliot Minor, Associate Professor, Department of Management (Business)


Additionally, a fourth team comprising pre-assigned students was tasked with designing a unique student discovery experience that might be implemented and become programmatic at VCU as part of a student’s normal course load. The project sponsor is VCU’s Office of the Provost.

Student Team:

Mohammed Alshammasi (Engineering, Chemical)

Chelsea Clark (Engineering, Biomedical)

Colin Hannifin (Business, Accounting)

Ian Martiny (Humanities and Sciences, Mathematics)

Bryan Morris (Business, Economics)

Caitlin Zettl (Humanities and Sciences, Political Science)

Faculty Mentors:

Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz, Associate Professor, Department of Broadcast Journalism (Mass Communication)

Dr. Anne L. Chandler, Senior Associate Dean, VCU Honors College

Dr. Richard T. Redmond, Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems (Business)

Dr. Raj Rao, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Life Science Engineering (Engineering)

Mr. Matt Woolman, Associate Professor and Director of Creative Entrepreneurship, Department of Graphic Design (Arts)