VIP is a program of the Arbutus Center, along with the ECE Digital Media Lab. The VIP program offices are located on the third floor of the Klaus Advanced Computing Building on Ferst Drive. General inquiries may be directed to
Edward Coyle
Director, Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education
Director, VIP

John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Phone: 404.894.8136
VIP Office: Klaus 3132
Edward J. Coyle is the John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. He is the Founder and Director of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program, which integrates research and education by embedding large-scale, long-term teams of undergraduates in the research efforts of faculty and their graduate students. He is also the Director of the VIP Consortium, a set of 28 universities that have VIP Programs and work together to improve, evaluate, and disseminate it. Dr. Coyle was a co-recipient of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s 2005 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. In 1998, Dr. Coyle was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to the theory of nonlinear signal processing. He has received a number of other awards, including the 1997 Chester F. Carlson Award from the American Society for Engineering Education and the 1986 Paper Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society. His current research interests include systemic reform of higher education, signal and information processing, and wireless and sensor networks.
Randal Abler
Associate Director, Arbutus Center
Associate Director, VIP

Phone: 404.894.8142
Office: Klaus 3134
Dr. Abler received his bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1986, 1992, and 2000, respectively.
Dr. Abler worked as a Research Engineer while pursuing his graduate degrees, and was involved in the design and implementation of parallel computers, including VLSI design to miniaturize special purpose processors. He later worked on various networking areas, including IP, ATM, and wide area networks, and was involved in establishing the initial Internet 2 connectivity for Georgia Tech. Dr Abler's hobbies include flying/flight instructing, and woodworking.
Kitty Vogt
Associate Director, VIP Consortium
Phone: 404.894.2407
Office: MiRC 125
Kitty Vogt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Emory University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia State University. Before joining the VIP team, she worked for the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), a public private partnership that expands university research capacity in Georgia and seeds startup companies around inventions and discoveries. From 2012 – 2018, she was GRA’s Director of Community Engagement, and from 1997 – 2011, she managed many of GRA’s life sciences initiatives. Prior to that, she managed the administration and operations of the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology at Georgia Tech. She began her nonprofit career in fundraising for the arts, most notably with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  
Julie Sonnenberg-Klein
Assistant Director, VIP Program
Phone: 404.894.9362
Office: Klaus 3128
Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics and a Masters of Education in Education Organization and Leadership, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is now pursing a PhD in Educational Policy Studies with an emphasis on Research, Measurement and Statistics at Georgia State University. Julie has coordinated academic programs, summer undergraduate research programs, departmental recruiting for graduates and undergraduates, as well as community outreach programs. She began her career at the Univeristy of Illinois Urbana Champaign Department of Physics, moved to the the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Physics, and then joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004.
Vertically Integrated Projects Program
Christopher Malbrue
Educational Support Manager
Office: Klaus 3130
Chris Malbrue manages key operations of the VIP program, and serves as the primary point of contact for students and faculty. Chris joined Georgia Tech in 2008 and previously was the Admissions Coordinator for Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program.
Cahara Murray
Academic Program Coordinator
Phone: 404.894.2406
Office: MiRC 122
Cahara holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. During her time at the College, she pursued work in academic support and student enhancement that initiated her passion for Higher Education administration. In 2018, she joined our VIP team and is ready to make Georgia Tech her new home!
Ha Hang Ai
Application Developer II
Office: MiRC 124
Ha Hang Ai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was involved in the design and development of VIP's web-based user management tools. She later worked with Dr. Talat Odman and Dr. Yongtao Hu in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering on their data analytics research and developed an interactive data visualization system to facilitate visual analyses for the prescribed fire and air quality data. She joined the VIP team as an application developer in 2018.
Digital Media Lab
Marion Crowder
Instructional Media Producer
Phone: 404.385.1530
Office: Van Leer E465
Marion Crowder is an Instructional Media Producer in the ECE Digital Media Lab. He assists faculty with recording and uploading video of short instructional modules. For professors who will be travelling during a semester, he can also help with pre-recording lectures (for non-Distance Learning classes).