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NSF Convergence grant to improve insight, data on learner-technology interaction

Learning is layered, with cognitive, physiological, emotional and societal components. Technology, especially the increasing use of new sensing devices and interactive machines, adds complexity as well as opportunity – yet little research has been done on how best to measure what works. A collaboration between Vanderbilt School of Engineering and North Carolina State University aims...

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Racing the eclipse, backup balloon sends striking video

A second high-altitude weather balloon rose yesterday from a Vanderbilt garage rooftop to the edge of space to live-stream video of the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. After losing the first balloon to high winds, mechanical engineering graduate student Adam Jarrell and the NASA eclipse project team quickly attached the...

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Lineup of ‘maker’ events connects needs with solutions

Sep. 18, 2017—Vanderbilt University is embarking on a series of events demonstrating its commitment to connecting need knowers with solution makers. Kevin Galloway, hired last year as the university’s director of making, recently was appointed as the Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience (DIVE) director and will play an integral role in upcoming hackathons, makeathons and design courses. DIVE,...

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Summer research cements interest, opens options for undergraduates

Sep. 18, 2017—How did you spend your summer? More than 60 engineering undergraduates have quite detailed answers to that standard question, though their answers are anything but routine. They worked for 10 weeks under the direction of faculty mentors on active research projects across all School of Engineering departments. Among the dozens of projects: Investigating defects in...

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Nation’s most senior African-American female roboticist in higher ed to deliver Chambers Lecture Sept. 25

Sep. 15, 2017—As one of the nation’s most recognized female roboticists, Ayanna Howard has designed SnoMote robots to study the impact of global warming on Antarctic ice shelves and created artificial intelligence-powered STEM apps to teach children with autism how to play Angry Birds. She has overseen nearly 50 projects in a dozen years at Georgia Tech....

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Engineering alumnus new president at Hardaway Construction

Sep. 14, 2017—David Frazier has joined Hardaway Construction Corp., which built Featheringill Hall and other Vanderbilt University projects, as president and operations manager. Frazier, a graduate of the School of Engineering’s Engineering & Construction Management Program (ME ’09), previously served more than 12 years as senior construction manager at Nashville-based builder D.F. Chase. Frazier brings to Hardaway...

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Vanderbilt engineer: Rethinking where/if to rebuild after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey

Sep. 14, 2017—Media Note: Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio. The studio is free for Vanderbilt experts, other than reserving fiber time. More information » Though our natural instinct is to put everything back exactly where it was before a disaster, Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Center...

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NSF Convergence grant to improve insight, data on learner-technology interaction

Sep. 13, 2017—Learning is layered, with cognitive, physiological, emotional and societal components. Technology, especially the increasing use of new sensing devices and interactive machines, adds complexity as well as opportunity – yet little research has been done on how best to measure what works. A collaboration between Vanderbilt School of Engineering and North Carolina State University aims...

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Engineering school rises to No. 34 in 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings

Sep. 12, 2017—The School of Engineering rose to No. 34, up from No. 37 last year, in U.S. News & World Report as part of the publication’s annual ranking of undergraduate engineering programs. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked No. 1. The engineering school shares No. 34 with North Carolina State University, University of California-Santa Barbara, University...

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AI that thinks like people with autism will benefit software and learning tools

Sep. 6, 2017—A computer on the third floor of Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall scans geometric patterns, deciding which missing shapes would most likely fit in. It fills in those blanks about as well as a human 17-year-old would, and it’s getting smarter, thanks to a study of the way certain people on the autism spectrum see the world....

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