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 About T-CUP

T-CUP is an innovative partnership between the Engineering programs at selected community and two-year colleges and Norfolk State University. The T-CUP program features a five-year curriculum leading to three post-secondary degrees: the Associate of Science in Engineering, and the Bachelor and Master of Science in Electronics Engineering or Optical Engineering (NSU). T-CUP is a National Science Foundation sponsored program.

Student participants in T-CUP receive several benefits, including assigned mentors and tutors, enrichment seminars, internship opportunities, community outreach and engagement opportunities, and social activities. T-CUP offers scholarships to engineering students at the target campuses, and to transfer students enrolled in any of the Engineering programs at Norfolk State University.

The current T-CUP target campuses are:

Engineering at Norfolk State University

The NSU Engineering Department administers BS and MS degree programs in Electronics and Optical Engineering. Several Engineering faculty also support the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering program. Established in 2002, the Engineering Department programs are accredited by ABET, the sole engineering accreditation agency in the U.S. The Engineering Department also manages class 100/1000 cleanrooms for fabrication of micro- and nano-scale devices at the Marie McDemmond Applied Research Center. The Engineering Department features three world-class research centers, the Creative Gaming and Simulation Laboratory, the Center for Nano- and Bio-Materials and Devices, and the Center for Integrated Access Networks.  

Electronics Engineering and Optical Engineering Programs at NSU

The mission of the Norfolk State University Engineering Department is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for successful professional careers in engineering; to encourage innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit; to instill a sense of community responsibility; and to develop leaders for a technology-driven global society.

The NSU Optical Engineering program is one of only five such ABET accredited programs in the U.S. Through the Academic Common Market, NSU can admit students to the Optical Engineering program from the states of Maryland, Delaware, and South Carolina at in-state tuition rates.


Points of Contact

 Patricia F. Mead, Ph.D.
T-CUP Director
Engineering Department,
Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA
Ph: (757)823-2697 /  pmead@nsu.edu 

Ji Hyon Mun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Engineering Program Head
Thomas Nelson Community College
Hampton, VA
Ph: (757)825-2930 /  munj@tncc.edu 

Paul E. Gordy, PE
Engineering Program Head
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Beach, VA
Ph: (757)822-7175 / pgordy@tcc.edu 

Neal D. Wilsey, Ph.D.
Professor and Coordinator,
Physics and Engineering
College of Southern Maryland
LaPlata, MD
Ph: (301)934-7836 / nealw@csmd.edu 

Charbel Faheed, Ph.D.
Program Head, Division for Math, Science, and Engineering
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale, VA
Ph: (703)323-3188 / cfahed@nvcc.edu 

Kirk Gomes
Department of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering
Central Virginia Community College
Lynchburg, VA
Ph:(434) 832-7600 / Gomesk@cvcc.vccs.edu