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February, 2013

Robert Bayuzick, chemical engineer who had experiments on space shuttle, dies

Feb. 11, 2013—Robert Bayuzick, who had experiments conducted on three separate flights of the space shuttle Columbia while he was a professor of chemical engineering and director of materials science at Vanderbilt University, died Feb. 8, 2013, in Nashville. He was 75. Bayuzick’s research was directed toward materials processing under microgravity conditions, with a particular emphasis on...

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Siegel kids look to get jolt out of project

Feb. 11, 2013—How can you squeeze electricity from a blackberry? A group of Siegel High students will be among those able to answer the question after making solar cells out of blackberry juice and measuring the electrical power produced as part of an educational outreach program sponsored by the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Siegel...

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Fisher leads workshop on multidisciplinary research for online education

Feb. 11, 2013—Doug Fisher, associate professor of computer science and of computer engineering, will co-chair a workshop Feb. 11-12 in Washington, D.C. to explore and delineate computer science and multidisciplinary research agendas designed to improve formal and informal education. A recent explosion of public and academic interest in online education has accompanied high-profile offerings of massively open...

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Ninjaneers, Rube Goldberg competition highlight 2013 E-Week activities

Feb. 8, 2013—Engineering students at Vanderbilt University will showcase their ingenuity through a series of challenging – but fun – competitions and events held during National Engineers Week February 18-22. In addition to spotlighting the engineering profession, the competitions and activities are designed to interest students in engineering and scientific fields. E-Week activities include: To kick off...

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Mitchell to lead national organization focused on minority engineering enrollment

Feb. 4, 2013—A Vanderbilt School of Engineering dean will become president-elect of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Advocates at the organization’s annual conference Feb. 6-9 at Purdue University. Burgess Mitchell, assistant dean for student services, was elected to the two-year term Feb. 1. In 2015 he will begin a two-year term as president of NAMEPA,...

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Best-paying college majors are mostly in engineering: NACE

Feb. 4, 2013—Six engineering majors were among the 10 highest-paid at the bachelor’s-degree level in 2012, according to the January 2013 Salary Survey recently released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. As a group, engineering majors saw a healthy increase of 3.9 percent to their average starting salaries. This is not surprising since the supply...

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