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April, 2009

Vanderbilt engineers play key role in new DOE energy frontier research center

Apr. 29, 2009—  A team of Vanderbilt engineers will play a key role in a new federal effort to significantly improve our understanding of how gases and liquids interact with solid surfaces ­– basic studies that have potential applications ranging from better batteries to more efficient methods for converting solar and electrical energy into fuel, improved fuel...

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Sandra Cochran is Cracker Barrel EVP, CFO

Apr. 24, 2009—Sandra B. Cochran has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. by its board of directors. Cochran will have responsibility for all aspects of the company’s finance, accounting, strategic planning, investor relations and information services functions. She will report to chairman, president and chief executive officer...

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Engineering graduate program rises in 2010 US News & World Report’s rankings

Apr. 23, 2009—Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering graduate program improved three positions to No. 39 in annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The 2010 annual graduate program rankings were released today. The School ranks ahead of Yale and Washington University in St. Louis and just behind Duke and Virginia. MIT was ranked No. 1. The professional...

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Schrimpf receives Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award

Apr. 20, 2009—Ronald D. Schrimpf, professor of electrical engineering and professor of computer engineering, received The Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award April 17 at the spring faculty senate.   The Branscomb Award is for distinguished accomplishments at furthering the aims of Vanderbilt University. The winner receives a cash award of $2,500, an engraved silver tray, and official...

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Ph.D. student in computer science wins Armed Forces electronics fellowship

Apr. 6, 2009—Vanderbilt University doctoral student Jonathan L. Wellons has been awarded an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Ph.D. Fellowship. Wellons, who is pursuing a doctorate in computer science and plans to graduate in May 2010, received a $5,000 check April 6 from Norma Corrales of the AFCEA Educational Foundation. Also attending the presentation were School...

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ESPN to cover NASCAR racer’s visit with Vanderbilt Motorsports students

Apr. 3, 2009—Braun Racing driver Burney Lamar and crew chief Trent Owens have some advice to share with engineering students next week and ESPN plans to cover the campus visit. Lamar, driver of the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota for Braun, located in Mooresville, N.C., and Owens will tour the school of engineering’s motorsports facility April 9...

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