For questions regarding your VIP team's operations this Fall, please see our VIP policy for Fall 2020 and Notes from instructors on delivery modes. For information on returning to campus, please visit GA Tech's Moving Foward page.


Common Question Areas Points of contact
Student applications & registration
Peer evaluations and the VIP Grading Tool
Starting a VIP Team Ed Coyle
Sponsorship for a VIP team or the VIP Program Kitty Vogt
VIP Program Administration
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
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 35 (and growing) 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.
Kitty Vogt
Associate Director, Partnerships
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: 404.894.8142
Office: Klaus 3134
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
Chris Malbrue manages key operations of the VIP program and serves as the primary point of contact for 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: 404.894.9362
Office: Klaus 3128
Cahara Murray serves as the primary point of contact for students, plans and manages special events, and oversees the VIP Student Amassadors Program.  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.
Ha Hang (Hanna) Ai
Application Developer II and IT Lead

Phone: 404.894.3612
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 the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering on their air quality research and developed an interactive data visualization system for the prescribed fire and air quality data analyses. She joined the VIP team as an application developer in 2018. Currently, she leads the VIT IT team and responsible for overall computing infrastructure and any technology that supports the academic environments within the VIP Program.

Steven Mints
IT Support Professional I
Phone: 404.894.2406
Office: MiRC 122
Steven Mints holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Kennesaw State University.  As the Systems Administrator for VIP, he works closely with Ha Hang Ai in installing, maintaining, and upgrading workstations and peripheral hardware and software.  He also works in responding to and resolving workstation, application, and server related problems.  He joined the VIP program in 2019. 

Elias Sommer
Student Employee

Office: MiRC 123

Elias is currently pursuing a BS in Biology at Georgia Tech and plans to attend Physician Assistant school after completing his undergraduate degree.