Contact

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 vip@gatech.edu
Directors
Edward Coyle
Director, Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education
Director, VIP
John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
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Phone: 404.894.8136
VIP Office: Klaus 3132
 
Biography
Edward J. Coyle received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1978, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1980 and 1982. From 1982 through 2007, he was a faculty member at Purdue University, where he served at various times as assistant vice provost for research, co-director of the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications, and co-founder of both the Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) program and the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. During the 2006-07 academic year, he was the Kenan Trust Visiting Professor at Princeton University.
 
Dr. Coyle joined Georgia Tech in 2008 and is currently the Arbutus Chair for the Integration of Research and Education at Georgia Tech, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, and director of the Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education.
Randal Abler
Associate Director, Arbutus Center
Associate Director
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Phone: 404.894.8142
Office: Klaus 3134
 
Biography
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
 
Biography
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.  
 
Vertically Integrated Projects Program
Julie Sonnenberg-Klein
Academic Program Manager
Phone: 404.894.9362
Office: Klaus 3128
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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.
Chris Malbrue
Christopher Malbrue
Educational Support Manager
Office: Klaus 3130
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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
Administrative Assistant III
Phone: 404.894.2406
Office: MiRC 122
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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!
Jaison George
IT Support Prof I
Office: MiRC 119
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Hannah Ai
Student Employee, Database Developer
Office: MiRC 124
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Digital Media Lab
Marion Crowder
Instructional Media Producer
Phone: 404.385.1530
Office: Van Leer E465
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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).