When Brackens freshman year in 2010, the university hired him to design a new computer lab.
Brackenson was intrigued by the idea, and when he sat down with his design supervisor, J. A. W. Taylor, to figure out what kind of equipment he would need to build, he realized that the lab was a perfect fit for his ambitions.
He would build the new lab in his spare time, as part of a larger plan to work with students to create a curriculum of high-impact technology.
The project, called H2-M, would be a joint venture between the university and H2 Group, the maker of H2, the company that Brackensen helped found in 2009.
The company was a key part of the University of Virginia’s vision for the new campus, which would be home to a $2 billion campus and a sprawling research park.
Bracks senior year in 2011, as a graduate student in the Computer Science Department, Brackstein was struck by the scope of what he was working on.
“I think the first thing I realized is I needed to do this because it was the right thing to do for the university,” Brackenberg said.
“It was the way to get the job done.”
The project began as a team effort, with the H2 group providing engineering and technical support.
The university wanted a dedicated research lab that would focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and engineering-related research, but also be a destination for graduate students and students in other disciplines.
It also was meant to be a place where students could network with one another.
The H2 team was made up of engineers, designers, and students.
“We wanted to create something that would make it possible for students to get to know each other,” said Chris Meeks, H2’s co-founder and CEO.
The new lab was designed to be open and inviting.
It had a variety of labs with different themes, including one dedicated to digital media.
A group of students would work in a shared space to design and build prototypes of the new software tools.
It would also house a lab where students would take courses on the subject, and have access to other students’ labs.
Students would work closely with each other to build and prototype new tools.
“You would not have a group of people sitting in a room designing, building, and building again,” said Meeks.
“There was a lot of collaboration.”
The design team at Virginia, which included students from several departments, had to be on the same page about the vision for their lab.
They came up with a series of principles to help guide the design.
The students at Virginia did a lot more than just work together to solve problems, they also developed a sense of mission that went beyond just designing software.
They were also able to develop a sense that the technology they were working on would be useful to their own careers.
“Students, they could see their role in the project as being part of an educational team that was working to bring together different disciplines in order to get results,” said Brackenburg.
In other words, the lab would be open to all of the students in the university’s program, from the students who were studying to the graduate students working in the lab to the students working on their own projects.
The team created the project on time, on budget, and on budget in a way that would enable the students to learn about the technology and the way it would help them in their careers.
In the fall of 2011, Virginia Tech hired the H3 team as its first director.
It was a small group of engineering students who had worked with the students at H2 before.
“That group was really instrumental in building the design of the lab,” said W. B. Bracker, an H3 co-lead.
“The students were on top of everything.”
The group worked with Taylor, who helped make sure the design was on the right track.
They worked with Brackendens department head to help find the right people to work on the lab.
“He came in and gave us a roadmap for what to do,” Bracker said.
He also worked closely with the student body to help make sure students were supported.
“They were really open to working together, to learning, to being in a good space together,” Bracked said.
The group was also responsible for ensuring the project was financially viable.
Bracked says he had to raise $25,000 to build the lab, with some of that money coming from a student scholarship.
He said that helped the project to become a success.
“In a way, I think we did something really amazing,” Bracks said.
They did everything right and they had the vision, he said.
With the help of his friends