The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program provides a multi-year, integrated approach to learning that emphasizes project-based, interdisciplinary, research-active education. It provides an opportunity to learn and practice professional skills while making real-world contributions.

Selected students (sophomores to graduate students) will work together in teams on research projects with faculty from Tandon and other schools within NYU. With an intended commitment of at least three semesters, the long-term nature of the project allows for opportunities for mentorship as well as leadership. The VIP program is part of a broad national and international consortium of universities. While Graduate students are encouraged to participate, only Undergraduate students will receive credit through VIP.

How it Works

  • Review the project teams listed on this page and select one to apply to. See application instructions below.
  • It is intended that you should stay with the project for at least three semesters (unless you are beginning as senior), but you are free to continue after that, with advisor approval. 
  • You must be admitted to the team by the advising faculty. If admitted, you will be given a course number and a permission number to register.
  • You may register for one credit per semester, which will count towards your degree.
To Apply:
Email the following information to the contact(s) listed in the project info sheet to which you are applying, with a copy to the VIP Director at
  • Name
  • Email address
  • Student ID
  • Major
  • Department
  • Year (Sophomore to Graduate)
  • Brief Statement of Interest


Smart Internet of Controlled Things

Design and prototype smart, resilient and secure Internet of Things (IoTs) that can adapt to a changing environment, uncertainties, and adversarial behaviors. 

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Smart Cities Tech

Design and prototype sensors and technological innovations that address the needs of smart cities. This technology will be designed within the context of the data collection and processing network central to connected cities. 

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NYU HyperLoop

Design and build a high-speed pod based on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept and compete in the annual SpaceX Hyperloop Competition.

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Music Experience Design Lab

Design technologies and experiences for creative making, learning and engagement. Work with industry, non-profit, and educational partners as co-designers of creative learning solutions

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NYU-X Holodeck

Explore emerging technologies, and how the interaction of humans and technology can support teaching, lifelong learning, and innovative health care.

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RePrint Bot

Design and prototype a standalone system that recycles used plastic bottles in order to use the material for 3D printing purposes.

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