Vertically Integrated Projects


The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is a long-term research and development initiative started at the Georgia Institute of Technology with the purpose of extending the academic research and design process beyond the typical semester and/or year-long course.  By allowing for student participation for up to three years, students have time and context to learn and practice professional skills, and develop core competencies in their desired fields of expertise.  The VIP program cultivates a strong academic environment, where faculty and graduate students mentor student teams, with experienced students moving into leadership and mentorship roles as others graduate.

In May 2015, representatives from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa joined the VIP consortium, alongside 16 other institutions.  The RIP lab oversees the following VIP programs:




Manoa Astronomical Technologies

The Astronomical Instruments Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) team works on several aspects of precision engineering of telescopes and astronomical instruments. The team is working to build a 12” optical telescope as a platform for testing instruments. This project will also help to develop the core competency and understanding of optical physics necessary to drive the engineering design of other specific instruments.



Unmanned X Systems

The Unmanned X Systems development group is a Vertically Integrated Project aimed towards the advancement of Unmanned Systems technologies.

Interested student?

Interested student? Check out the General VIP Syllabus

For information on other VIP teams at the University of Hawaiʻi, visit the University of Hawaiʻi Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program homepage.