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Frank L. Parker was a global pioneer in nuclear waste remediation, environmental sustainability

Aug. 18, 2022—International nuclear waste management pioneer and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Frank L. Parker, 96, died Aug. 10, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was named Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Emeritus, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus, in 2011 after a 43-year career at Vanderbilt University. Parker...

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Vanderbilt, 101st Airborne collaborate on development of exoskeleton for soldier use in inaugural Pathfinder Project

Aug. 17, 2022—A team of Vanderbilt engineers have completed a collaborative project with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell to design and test a first-of-its-kind exoskeleton that supports U.S. Army soldiers participating in sustainment and logistics operations. The exoskeleton—the Soldier Assistive Bionic Exosuit for Resupply, or SABER—is being prepared for manufacturing and commercialization by HeroWear and...

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Eminent chemical engineering professor Peter Cummings retires from Vanderbilt

Aug. 17, 2022—After a 20-year career of research, service and mentorship at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, Peter Cummings retired Aug. 15, 2022, and relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland, with his family. Cummings is a globally recognized expert in molecular modeling and simulations, and he has been pivotal in the acceptance of molecular modeling and simulation as...

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Vanderbilt Engineering professor, student receive prestigious Fulbright awards to study abroad

Aug. 16, 2022—A professor and undergraduate student in Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering are both recipients of esteemed 2022-2023 Fulbright awards that allow scholars to teach and conduct research abroad. Ravindra Duddu is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and Kristi Maisha is a civil engineering major. Duddu will use his Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship to...

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Nanoparticles boost anti-cancer immunity

Aug. 16, 2022—by Bill Snyder The growth of epithelial ovarian cancer, one of the most lethal malignancies, is associated with the presence of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), white blood cells that can block the anti-cancer activity of the immune system and immunotherapy. Fortunately, TAMs can be “repolarized,” converted from immunosuppressive tumor-promoters to inflammatory tumor-fighters. Now, Associate Professor of Pharmacology Fiona Yull,...

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New School of Engineering faculty members strengthen critical research areas such as AI and clean energy

Aug. 16, 2022—The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering has appointed nine new faculty members for the 2022-2023 academic year, with research and teaching activities ranging from artificial intelligence and cyber security to medical devices and clean energy. Six of the new professors are computer science faculty who were recruited as part of Destination Vanderbilt, a $100 million university initiative...

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Vanderbilt computer scientist selected as 2022 EECS Rising Star

Aug. 15, 2022—Computer scientist Nicole Hutchins, PhD’22, has been selected to participate in an annual EECS Rising Stars program. Hutchins was accepted based on her work on technology-enhanced K-12 STEM classrooms for integration of real-world, problem-based curricula. Rising Stars is an intensive workshop for top women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers...

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Environmental engineering graduate student wins DOE nuclear technology R&D award

Aug. 12, 2022—Megan Harkema, a third-year graduate student studying nuclear environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Fuel and Supply Chain. Harkema’s research paper, The Dynamic Nature of Risk in DOE Facilities in the Surveillance...

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