Common Question Areas Points of contact
Student applications & registration (processes, policies)
IT issues - Application & peer evaluation
Peer evaluations and the VIP Grading Tool (acces and use)
Starting a VIP Team Ed Coyle
Sponsorship for a VIP team or the VIP Program Leah Misemer
Request a speaker/presenter
Frequently Asked Questions Prospective Students FAQ  |  Current Students FAQ
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.
Julie Sonnenberg-Klein
Executive 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.
Leah Misemer
Assistant Director, VIP Program
Office: Klaus 3117

Leah Misemer holds a PhD in English from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in visual rhetoric and popular culture. She comes to VIP from Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication Program, where she taught first year writing and worked in the Communication Center while a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow. In VIP, she facilitates and develops relationships between the program’s current and potential stakeholders both at Georgia Tech and globally.  Her specialties include marketing, communication, event planning, and interdisciplinary program building.

Deon O'Bryant
Assistant Director, VIP Program

Office: Klaus 3115

Deon holds a PhD in Biological Science from Clark Atlanta University with a focus on age-related initiation of prostate tumorigenesis. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Deon served as Faculty Lead and Assistant Professor of Biological Science for the School of Science, Math and Health Professions at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. In VIP, he serves as the liasion between VIP and department administration and curriculum committees for the development and adoption of academic policies that further enhance the undergraduate experience in academic scholarship and exploration. 

Academic Team  
Chris Malbrue
Christopher Malbrue
Academic Program Manager
Office: Klaus 3130
Chris Malbrue manages key operations of the VIP program and serves as the primary point of contact for faculty. He has studied Computer Science at Morehouse College and also Marketing at Kennesaw State University. Chris joined Georgia Tech in 2008 and previously was the Admissions Coordinator for Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program and has over 15 years of experience in higher education.
Mitsuko Ito
Academic Program Coordinator
Phone: 404.894.9362
Office: Klaus 3128
Mitsuko supports student registrations and hiring for the VIP program, and serves as an additional point of contact for faculty and students.  She has studied Biology and International Studies at International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan) and Peace & Justice at Eastern Mennonite University.  Having multiple certifications in advanced healing modalities, Mitsuko has always enjoyed collaborating with various campus units offering workshops and supporting well-being initiatives since she first joined CREATE-X/ECE/Georgia Tech in 2017.
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