Gregory Triplett, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
Gregory Triplett oversees all aspects of graduate engineering programs including curriculum development, student recruitment and matriculation, strategic planning, student funding, graduate research, and online education. Triplett is also responsible for strategic, collaborative research efforts and works with other unit leaders across the university to enhance the scholarship profile.
Triplett serves as chair of the VCU's Laboratory Safety Committee, President of the Sigma Xi Chapter, and Director of the Precision Imaging Research Labortaory (PIRL) which focuses on the development and integration of nanomaterials and their applications in biomedical, energy, and physical sciences. Using advanced computational tools and a suite of photonic technologies, core issues linking quantum phenomena, nanomaterial synthesis, and biochemical reactions are fundamentally studied. Despite numerous duties within the department and the college, Triplett remains involved with service to the communities that enhance campus-wide student engagement, retention and the broad sphere of influence within the state.
Graduate Research Assistant - Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Abigail received her Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and her Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. Abigail’s research experience has included iron oxide nanoparticle hyperthermia analysis, thin film deposition and characterization, nuclear waste management and radiation shielding. Her current research focuses on capturing signal transduction mechanisms in real time, specifically interactions between amino acid functional groups of proteins with donor molecules and protein kinase.
Graduate Research Assistant - Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Caroline received her Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and her Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. Caroline's research experience has included mechanical properties of magnetron sputtered thin films and coatings for use in nuclear applications. Her current research explores mechanical and elastic properties of specific (cross-link) polymer chains and their influence in post-translational modification.
Undergraduate Research Assistant - Biology
Irving, a native of Washington, DC, is a biology/pre-med student at VCU whose role in PIRL is to evaluate biomolecular reactions using isoelectric focusing. Irvining is studying these biomecular reactions with the intent to highlight the salient features of protein phosphorylation.