VUSE news roundup

March 26, 2014 Ten visionary women
School of Engineering alumna Kimberly Bryant used her experience at Vanderbilt to develop a computer science curriculum specifically aimed at girls of color.

March 20, 2014
History Today: The new drones club
A Vanderbilt University team
has developed mapping drones that work with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software in a bid to make new discoveries by aerial mapping. Julie Adams, associate professor of computer science and associate professor of computer engineering, and Steve Wernke, associate professor of anthropology, are noted.

Nashville Scene: Michael Goldfarb: “Minimizing Physical Disability With Robotic Arms, Legs and Exoskeletons”
Michael Goldfarb
, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is set to speak in the final Chancellor’s Lecture of this academic year on March 25. The event is free and open to the public.

March 19, 2014
Ebony: Black Girls Code’s Kim Bryant talks bits and bytes
In this Q&A with Vanderbilt alumna Kim Bryant, BE’89, founder of Black Girls Code, she mentions that her first introduction to computers and computer programming came during her freshman year at Vanderbilt. Bryant spoke at Vanderbilt’s National Engineers Week activities at the School of Engineering on Feb. 20.

ReadWrite: Augmented reality may be coming to a car windshield near you
Imagine your car’s entire windshield working like Google Glass. Instead of peering through dust and grime to see the boring real world of traffic, you would see cars and key road features deeply integrated with data—colorfully highlighted and annotated for greater safety, convenience and enjoyment. Jules White, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, is quoted.

March 14, 2014
Nashville Business Journal: From student to business owner in three days
Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center and Vanderbilt University will co-host a unique startup accelerator program aimed at involving students in entrepreneurial endeavors where some graduate school students from Vanderbilt’s schools of engineering and business will participate. Vanderbilt junior Jiten Dajee is quoted.

WTVF, Channel 5, and WZTV, Channel 17, reported on the delivery of a massive Sikorsky helicopter to the MetroCenter-based Laboratory of Systems Integrity and Reliability headed up by Doug Adams, Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Adams and his team are developing warning sensors and systems for large machines like aircraft, cars and wind turbines. Video was provided by Vanderbilt News and Communications.

March 11, 2014
U.S. News and World Report: Best Graduate Schools
’s schools of business, education, law and medicine were all selected as exceptional programs based on expert opinions and statistical indicators measuring the quality of each school’s faculty, research and students. Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering and departments of biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics were also ranked.

GigaOM: This superthin material could help us put displays in our clothes and windshields
Three teams of international researchers have created super-thin LEDs that are strong, efficient and flexible enough to be easily integrated into clothing and super portable electronics. Kirill Bolotin, assistant professor of physics and electrical engineering, is quoted.

March 10, 2014
Midwest Energy News: Is coal ash safe to use on roads?
Coal ash, the residue from burning coal to generate electricity, is abundant, and cheap. And it’s one way that at least some Midwestern communities provide traction on snowy and icy roads. But experts are concerned about the effects of the ash when it washes into nearby soil and water. David Kosson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, is quoted.

VentureBeat: How these social robots are helping autistic kids
Robotics experts are testing a fluffy blue robot called Romibo at schools around the country to see if it can help children with autism develop better social skills. A robot with similar functions developed at Vanderbilt by Nilanjan Sarkar, professor of mechanical engineering, is mentioned.