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Special Projects

Hampton Roads' cities continue to build reputations as top international destinations, thanks largely to entrepreneurial ODU alumni who choose to stay and add to the rich diversity of our food, music and arts scenes. And projects like the Goode Theater and The Barry Art Museum will serve as cultural destinations for the Hampton Roads community for generations to come. Continued support for projects like these will further position our region as one of the nation's best places to live and work.



Special projects happening at Old Dominion University take us far beyond the Hampton Roads area. One example of showcasing the outstanding work of students and faculty here at ODU is The Robot X Boat Competition. This is an International Autonomous Boat Competition taking place in Oahu, Hawaii, December 8th-15th, 2018. Teams from over 14 countries will be participating, and there will be live streaming of the events. There are opportunities to get involved by becoming a team sponsor. By supporting the Robot X challenge you are supporting research activities by Old Dominion University students and faculty, and will receive widespread promotion for your organization. Student research skills will include Autonomy Planning, Vehicle Control, Modeling and Simulation, Sensors (LIDAR, GPS), Computer Vision, Underwater Sonar and Machine Learning. Please contact the Office of Development at 757.683.3090 if you are interested in getting involved. 


Click here for sponsor information




Think.Make.Share. Creativity, invention, and innovation are values championed as central pillars of engineering education. However, university environments that foster open-ended design-build projects are uncommon. Fabrication and prototyping spaces at universities have typically been “machine shops,” where students relinquish actual manufacturing activities to trained professionals or are only accessible for academic assignments to highly trained students. The desire to make design and prototyping more integral to the engineering experience led to the idea to create a free-to-use makerspace within the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. The roughly 7,000 sq. ft. makerspace will be located on the second floor of Monarch Hall (former education building). This modern collaboration and prototyping space will facilitate technological innovation among our students and faculty. The key functions of an academic maker space are to encourage students to invent, design, prototype, build and test; support design focused coursework and encourage entrepreneurship.


To read more about the Makerspace, click here!