Dawn Cochran
Administrative Assistant

P: (540) 464-7236
F: (540) 464-7662

Virginia Military Institute
508 Nichols Hall
Lexington, VA  24450

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Undergraduate Research

Many students take advantage of the high student-to-faculty ratio in our department to conduct undergraduate research projects of their own choosing. In past we have had students present research at national conferences, publish their findings in national and international journals, earn patents, and compete in national and international robotics competitions.

Students have conducted original research and applied engineering in areas such as biomedicine, microelectronics, robotics, and novel internet technologies, and have worked on interdisciplinary subjects involving other students and professors from the fields of biology, cardiology, law, mathematics, and computer science. To see examples of undergraduate research at VMI in our department, view the following links provided by some of our faculty.

Dr. Squire's Undergraduate Research 

Dr. Squire's area of expertise includes biomedical implants, patent litigation, and instrumentation. His students have developed and patented improved endovascular stent deployment catheters and novel uses of internet technologies, including passive health sensing of the geriatric population.

Dr. Addington's Undergraduate Research

Dr. Addington specializes in microelectronics and has supervised a variety of projects in microelectronics fabrication by both VMI students and international liaisons with St. Cyr Military Academy in France and the Australian Defense Force.

Dr. Livingston's Research & Consulting

Dr. Livingston's research interests include computational intelligence, robotics and embedded systems. He has worked with cadets in the development of small autonomous ground vehicles and hexapedal walking robots.  He is currently working with cadets on an undergraduate research project to model the response of vacuum-tube amplifiers using recurrent neural networks.