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CCAM has partnered with five of Virginia’s leading academic institutions – Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia State University. Combined, these five schools receive more than $700 million in federally funded research, enroll more than 9,000 undergraduate engineering students, enroll more than 3,000 graduate engineering students, produce more than 1,600 undergraduate engineering degrees each year, and produce more than 1,000 graduate engineering degrees each year. Engineering programs at UVA and VT are ranked in the top 75 such programs in the world.

The engineering programs at the five universities combined have more than 500 faculty members conducting research and educational programs in all engineering disciplines with particular relevant strengths in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, systems engineering and materials science and engineering.

UVA and VT have committed to add 11 new faculty members at each engineering school to strengthen and broaden engineering capabilities relevant to CCAM and a second research center called the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS). VSU has agreed to work closely with CCAM on the hiring of faculty and research faculty in areas related to advanced manufacturing.

Faculty from these institutions will work exclusively at CCAM, dedicated to membership research priorities.

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Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University is Virginia’s forward-focused metropolitan research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration, and initiatives that contribute more than $2.1 billion to the Hampton Roads economy.

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation. The university is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. It is also selective; the students who come here have been chosen because they show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned.

The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. U.Va. offers 51 bachelor’s degrees in 47 fields, 84 master’s degrees in 67 fields, six educational specialist degrees, two first-professional degrees (law and medicine), and 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields.

The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2009 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 12 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.

Virginia Commonwealth University

As one of only 28 public universities with academic medical centers to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity,” Virginia Commonwealth University is taking its place among the nation’s premier urban, public research universities.

VCU received $262 million in externally funded sponsored awards in fiscal year 2014 and has 34 graduate and first professional programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report. And, through the guidance of its strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, VCU is working to meet the demands of diverse populations through impactful research, rigorous study and extensive community engagement.

VCU enrolls about 31,000 students in more than 220 degree and certificate programs and encompasses one of the largest academic health centers in the nation, VCU Medical Center, named the No. 1 hospital in the Richmond metro area in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.

VCU and the VCU Health System have been honored with prestigious national and international recognition for top-quality graduate, professional and medical care programs, reflecting a commitment to be among America’s top research universities focused on student learning.

Virginia State University

Virginia State University was founded in 1882 as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, making it the first fully state supported, four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks in America. Today, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions.

The campus sits atop a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River in the Chesterfield County village of Ettrick. The university is centrally located about two hours away from Washington, D.C., to the north, the North Carolina Triangle area to the south, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. VSU students live and learn on a 236-acre main campus, with more than 50 buildings, including 16 dormitories and 17 classroom buildings, and a 416-acre agricultural research facility.

Virginia State University offers 52 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and a Certificate of Advanced Study within five schools: The School of Agriculture; The School of Business; The School of Engineering, Science and Technology; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach. In 2008, Virginia State University began its first Ph.D. program, in Health Psychology, the only program of its type in Virginia. VSU offers a bachelor of individualized studies degree program, a non-traditional baccalaureate program primarily for working adults. Students can pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time basis.

Virginia Tech

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech’s nine colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Southside, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.