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January, 2015

New Year’s card features Engineering and Science Building in augmented reality

Jan. 9, 2015—Circumstances standing in the way of a traditional groundbreaking at the School of Engineering led to a high-tech solution – all in a day’s work for our professors and students. When stakeholders in the new Engineering and Science Building met to work out a schedule for the event, one hurdle after another presented itself. Then...

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Pioneer in online computing, emeritus professor Bill Rowan Jr. dies

Jan. 8, 2015—William (Bill) H. Rowan Jr., 81, died Jan. 6, 2015. Rowan’s ties to Vanderbilt run deep and wide – as an alumnus, as a faculty member, as an alumni volunteer, and as a donor. Rowan (BE ’55, Professor Emeritus) joined the engineering faculty in 1964 and became the first department chair of computer science.  A...

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SEC pioneer, Vanderbilt hero credits engineering degree for crucial successes

Jan. 8, 2015—  Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director David Williams helped recognize Vanderbilt basketball great Perry Wallace (center) and author Andrew Maraniss (second from right) during halftime of the Dec. 4 men’s basketball game. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt) By Andrew Maraniss He wasn’t going to trade one plantation for another. That’s how Perry Wallace...

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Remains of Vanderbilt chemical engineering grad lost in WWII returned to U.S.

Jan. 7, 2015—WATCH: In Loving Memory of Major Peyton S. Mathis Jr. The remains of a Vanderbilt University chemical engineer who died in a World War II fighter plane crash were laid to rest last week in Montgomery, Ala. Major Peyton S. Mathis Jr. played football for Vanderbilt and earned his bachelor’s degree from the School of...

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7 Vanderbilt engineers who found winter break was prime time for research

Jan. 2, 2015—Relieved undergraduates turned in their finals and jetted off for winter break a few weeks ago, leaving the halls at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering almost unnervingly empty. But there’s no break for research. Anyone in need of company could find labs full of Ph.D. candidates working practically the whole time. “We joke that one...

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