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The Virtual Reality Applications Center is leading the way in using virtual reality to solve challenging problems in science and engineering. VRAC researchers are pioneers in understanding and integrating rapidly changing VR technology to arrive at novel solutions. Faculty and students apply their diverse expertise in creating unique ways to collaborate with users both on- and off-site.

VRAC is an interdisciplinary research center administered by the Vice President for Research at Iowa State University. It was founded in 1990 with seed funds from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and Iowa State University.

In 2003, VRAC faculty created the Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program, which boasts graduating the first student in the nation with a PhD in HCI. Currently the interdisciplinary HCI degree program includes students and faculty from 32 departments, spanning all seven colleges at ISU.Today VRAC engineers and scientists collaborate with industry and government colleagues on a wide variety of exciting and challenging problems. Research covers broad interrelated areas, from virtual prototyping, computational fluid dynamics, and human-in-the-loop simulations to architectural design, manufacturing simulation, and data mining and visualization.