The 4-VA Collaborative

The 4-VA Collaborative members are making valuable contributions to the commonwealth.  Some highlights:

  • James Madison just completed another round of mini and scale-up grant awards. Highlights include research into the biological health of Shenandoah National Park watersheds, and the creation of a nuclear and particle physics conference to be held in collaboration with Mason in June.
  • Old Dominion recently funded several complementary research grants with George Mason in biology, electrical engineering and environmental sciences.
  • University of Virginia Dr. Patrick Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and 4-VA grantee, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama in February. Dr. Hopkins’ initial 4-VA grant was a collaboration with James Madison assistant professor of Physics Dr. Costel Constantin for their research project (Thermal Transport Across GaN Interfaces:  Linking Structural Imperfections to Thermal Properties). 
  • Virginia Tech 4-VA sponsored initiatives include geology, biology and mathematics course redesign projects.