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Novel advanced light design and fabrication process could revolutionize sensing technologies

Oct. 21, 2021—Vanderbilt and Penn State engineers have developed a novel approach to design and fabricate thin-film infrared light sources with near-arbitrary spectral output driven by heat, along with a machine learning methodology called inverse design that reduced the optimization time for these devices from weeks or months on a multi-core computer to a few minutes on...

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BME alumnus Ash Jayagopal named Chief Scientific Officer of Opus Genetics

Oct. 21, 2021—Opus Genetics, a patient-focused gene therapy company developing treatments for orphan inherited retinal diseases, has announced a key appointment to its founding executive team. Ash Jayagopal has joined the company as Chief Scientific Officer. Jayagopal, BE’03, MS’05, PhD’08, is a biomedical engineering graduate who also served as an assistant professor in the departments of ophthalmology...

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Landman awarded $2.6 million grant to improve Alzheimer’s patient management

Oct. 15, 2021—An electrical and computer engineering professor has received a $2.6 million NIH grant to improve the understanding of structural changes in the brains of people who have Alzheimer’s Disease. The goal is to identify opportunities for early intervention by developing more effective interventional strategies. Bennett Landman, who chairs the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,...

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Companies with VUSE ties awarded $3.8 million in grants

Oct. 13, 2021—Six early-stage companies with ties to School of Engineering faculty, students and alumni have been awarded federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants and matching funds from Launch Tennessee totaling more than $3.8 million. Highly competitive, the SBIR and STTR programs encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development...

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New drug targets vascular inflammation, drastically improves vascular procedures’ long-term effectiveness

Oct. 12, 2021—By Aran Sullivan THE IDEA Cardiovascular procedures like bypass grafting and vessel stenting are some of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, but about half of them will require additional corrective measures, according to Craig Duvall, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and undergraduate director of biomedical engineering. The need for follow-up procedures is often...

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Chang receives $1.1 million grant to investigate brain-body connections, advance understanding of how brains age

Oct. 11, 2021—An assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering has received a $1.1 million NIH grant to investigate brain-body connections and advance understanding of aging in normal and pathological brains. Catie Chang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, leads the research team, which will focus on developing machine learning methods that can automatically reconstruct physiological...

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Janey Camp selected as co-author for Fifth National Climate Assessment

Oct. 11, 2021—Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been selected as a contributor to the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a quadrennial report on the varied impacts and risks presented by global climate change across the country. The NCA5 is published by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, itself a federally mandated body...

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Paul Harrawood, Emeritus Dean of Engineering, has died

Oct. 8, 2021—School of Engineering Dean, Emeritus, Paul Harrawood, 93, died Oct. 3, 2021, in Lexington, Virginia. Harrawood joined the Vanderbilt engineering faculty as an associate professor of civil engineering in 1967. He served as director of the engineering science division from 1967 to 1971, and he served as acting dean in 1970-1971. He was dean of the...

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