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Rocketeers claim sixth NASA championship with novel UAV search and deploy mission

May. 16, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Design Laboratory again earned top honors in NASA’s 2019 National Student Launch Competition, the Space Agency announced today. This is the lab’s sixth national championship, winning the top spot in the last seven years: 2019-2018 and 2016-2013. “The 2019 project has been one of our most complex experiments to date. The challenges—both imposed...

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Grissom, Landman named 2019 Chancellor Faculty Fellows

May. 13, 2019—William Grissom, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Bennett Landman, associate professor of electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science, have been selected for the 2019 cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. This group is composed of eleven highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from a wide variety of disciplines and areas of expertise. “Investing in our...

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Outstanding graduates recognized at 2019 Engineering Commencement Reception

May. 9, 2019—Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering, presented awards and honors to seniors May 9 at the school’s annual Commencement Reception. David K. Zhang of Clarksville, Tennessee, is Founder’s Medalist for the School of Engineering. He is graduating as a triple major in computer science, mathematics and physics and with a minor in...

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Robinson to lead Office for Inclusive Excellence

May. 8, 2019—William H. Robinson (Vanderbilt University) William H. Robinson, associate dean for academic success at the School of Engineering, will lead the Office for Inclusive Excellence as interim vice provost for strategic initiatives beginning June 1. Robinson takes on this new role following the departure of Melissa Thomas-Hunt, who has accepted a position with the executive...

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Dean presents 2018-2019 faculty, staff and student research awards

May. 7, 2019—Dean Philippe Fauchet announced May 7 the promotions of two engineering faculty members at the final faculty meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year and presented four awards at a reception following the meeting. Craig Duvall and Jamey D. Young have been promoted to the rank of professor. Duvall’s promotion to full professor of biomedical engineering...

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Road test proves adaptive cruise control can add to traffic jam problem

May. 7, 2019—VU researcher wants closer look at feature to address traffic issues A new, open-road test of adaptive cruise control demonstrated that the feature, designed to make driving easier by continuously adjusting a vehicle’s speed in response to the car ahead, doesn’t yet solve the problem of phantom traffic jams. Because human drivers are responsible for...

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Quah named winner of SEC’s McWhorter Award

Apr. 30, 2019—Vanderbilt bowling senior Kristin Quah has been named the recipient of the H. Boyd McWhorter Award, which is presented annually to the outstanding female student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference. Nathan Hite, a senior track and field student-athlete at Texas A&M, was named the male recipient. The two were chosen by a committee of faculty athletics...

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Design Day showcases Mars habitat, interstate cap, dozens of innovations

Apr. 25, 2019—Design Day 2019 took students and visitors to Mars, a diving depth of 300 feet and a potential green oasis above a stretch of Interstate 65. Other projects included a robotic device for a young boy born with a partial right hand, an easily customized ultrasound brain helmet, an affordable 3D-printed canine prosthetic, advanced lab...

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