In collaboration with MWV’s Open Innovation Department, students worked on a hush-hush packaging project.

Student Team

  • Christina Edwards (Arts, Fashion Merchandising)
  • Yekaterina Gaidaeva (Arts, Communication Arts)
  • Krystin Jones (Business, Marketing)
  • Karthik Murthy (Engineering, Biomedical)
  • Fanet Teklu (Business, Business Administration & Management.)
  • Chioma Urama (Business, Marketing)

Faculty Mentor

  • Dr.Frank Franzak, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing


Dominion /
Science Museum of Virginia

Continuing the work of the Fall 2011 team, students examined the feasibility of using hydrokinetics to power the Science Museum’s Rice House, and design an interactive exhibit for the Science Museum.

Student Team

  • Kathleen Barron (Engineering, Chemical & Life Science)
  • Mary Byrnes (Business, Marketing)
  • Lauren Galanides (Business, Marketing)
  • Christine Stoddard (Arts, Cinema)
  • Sophie Yan (Arts, Interior Design)

Faculty Mentors

  • Mr. Frank Gulla, Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Kenneth B. Kahn, Professor and da Vinci Center Director, Department of Marketing

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Working with the Director of Creativity and Innovation, students developed a branding strategy for the Chamber’s i.e.*  initiative.

Student Team

  • Michelle Fawcett (Business, Markeitng)
  • Tarika Hammernik (Arts, Communication Arts)
  • Emily Kulas (Business, Marketing)
  • Megan Mullsteff (Arts, Communication Arts)
  • Matthew Whitt (Humanities & Sciences, Creative Advertising)

Faculty Mentor

  • Ms. Allison Schumacher, Adjunct Professor, Department of Graphic Design