From smart phones to automobiles, understanding the human genome to exploring social networks, scientific and technological innovation is the result of the work of not just scientists and engineers, but artists and designers as well.


About Us

ICAT is one of the seven Research Institutes at Virginia Tech. We are uniquely partnered with the Moss Arts Center and in 2013, joined them in the state of the art facility at the corner of Main St. and Alumni Mall. ICAT is an organization of individuals, teams, and communities that create, innovate, and inspire without regard for discipline boundaries or limitations. We are a collection of artists, designers, engineers, and scientists coming together in a living laboratory that fosters creativity and promotes critical reflection.

Vision, Mission and Process

> Vision

ICAT will foster the creative process, from imagination to innovation, to create new possibilities for exploration and expression.

> Mission

ICAT will forge a pathway between transdisciplinary research and artistic output, scientific and commercial discovery, and educational innovation.

> Process

The ongoing work of building and sustaining the institute itself will be an exemplar of the creative process of inclusion, co-creation, innovation, critical reflection, refinement, and iteration.

Primary Goals

> Learning

To prepare primary, secondary, and university students to work and succeed in a world where science, technology, engineering, and math education collaborate and where working as part of a diverse team is mandatory.

> Discovery

To promote new, transdisciplinary research domains that transcend boundaries between arts, design, engineering, and science to fuel future innovation within local, state, and national industrial partners.

> Engagement

To encourage people of all ages to participate in the creative process, where new ideas can come from anywhere, most often from those with a lifetime of personal experience.

Effects of ICAT

> Transforming

K-12 and university education in the local community, across the Commonwealth, and across the U.S. to prepare students to be part of a new type of transdisciplinary workforce necessary to succeed in this era of rapid innovation.

> Driving

economic development in Virginia by creating an environment for spinning off and partnering with companies that can adapt and succeed in response to the transdisciplinary driving forces of today's economy.

> Engaging

with the local community at the intersections of science, engineering, arts, and design.