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Engineering undergraduate places second in DOE competition for national lab summer interns

Nov. 27, 2023—Sarah Driscoll, a junior in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the second place national winner in the 2023 IGNITE Off! Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) and hosted by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The annual Ignite...

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NIH grant supports wearable technology system to improve recovery from leg fractures

Nov. 21, 2023—Karl Zelik, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, is using wearable technology to explore better patient recovery methods from shinbone fractures and the surgeries required to repair them. The research team has received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for this 5-year project. The study is a collaboration between Vanderbilt’s...

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Brunger receives 2024 Rising Star Award from Biomedical Engineering Society group

Nov. 20, 2023—Jonathan Brunger, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received a 2024 Biomedical Engineering Society-Cellular Molecular Bioengineering Rising Star Award. CMBE is a special interest group of the BMES. The Rising Star Award recognizes a BMES-CMBE special interest group member who is at their early independent career stage and has made an outstanding impact on the...

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Engineering professor De-en Jiang is among world’s highly cited researchers

Nov. 17, 2023—De-en Jiang, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and of chemistry, is on this year’s list of scientists whose papers have been cited the most frequently by other researchers. He is among 6,849 “highly cited researchers” around the world whose publications rank in the top 1% by citations for field of research and publication year...

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Jules White appointed to senior advisor role in Office of the Chancellor

Nov. 16, 2023—Jules White (Vanderbilt University) Jules White, a distinguished computer scientist and expert on large language models and prompt engineering, has been named senior advisor to Chancellor Daniel Diermeier for generative AI in education and enterprise solutions. White’s appointment, which became effective Nov. 1, will build on Vanderbilt’s growing reputation as a world leader in innovation...

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Engineering professor Bridget Rogers is elected president of the American Vacuum Society

Nov. 16, 2023—Bridget Rogers, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been elected president of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). She will serve a three-year term as president-elect in 2024, president in 2025, and past president in 2026. “I am proud to have been an active AVS member for almost 35 years.  My AVS experiences have...

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How former Vanderbilt students are powering a new era of space and underwater exploration with nuclear waste

Nov. 15, 2023—by Lucas Johnson In the fall of 2017, a pair of curious Vanderbilt students approached Steve Krahn, professor of the practice of nuclear environmental engineering and a former Department of Energy official, to discuss novel ways of using nuclear energy to power aerospace vehicles. Their hypothesis was that utilizing nuclear powered propulsion would decrease carbon...

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Next-gen air safety systems incorporating risk models and data analysis developed by Vanderbilt engineers

Nov. 15, 2023—by Brenda Ellis As the nation’s skies become more crowded with commercial air traffic and U.S. air traffic control systems struggle with staffing and aging infrastructure, the risk of narrowly avoided collisions in the air and on the tarmac has increased significantly in the last five years. The nation’s top accident investigator said that a...

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