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April, 2015

Two engineering students recognized by Goldwater Foundation

Apr. 6, 2015—Taylor Cannon and Eunice Jun have received honorable mentions in this year’s Goldwater Scholars competition. Cannon Cannon, from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is a sophomore in the biomedical engineering program. Her research focus in biomedical optics is guided by her interest in developing optically based, low-cost diagnostic equipment to detect curable diseases such as jaundice and tuberculosis...

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Computer science student receives Symantec Graduate Fellowship

Apr. 6, 2015—Computer science graduate student Bo Li has been awarded a Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship. She is one of three recipients nationwide of the prestigious fellowship. The SRL Graduate Fellowship provides up to $20,000 that may be used to cover one year of a doctoral student’s tuition fees and to reimburse expenses incurred by the...

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Mechanical engineering undergrad, teammate grab first place in Deloitte case competition

Apr. 3, 2015—A mechanical engineering major and his teammate presented their solution for faster diagnosis of infectious disease and won first place in the inaugural Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Case Competition, sponsored by Deloitte Consulting. Competitors received their mock cases on March 16, and on March 27, they presented their ideas to a panel of judges. The top award...

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Engineering alum, ExxonMobil SVP Jack P. Williams talks energy, offers advice

Apr. 2, 2015—Jack P. Williams (BE’86) launched his career as a drilling engineer for ExxonMobil in New Orleans and saw promotions that took him to Alaska and Malaysia before he settled into corporate headquarters in Texas. The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering alumnus soon will mark the end of his first year as senior vice president and...

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Engineer uses cotton candy to build artificial blood vessels

Apr. 1, 2015—Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Leon Bellan is working to create artificial human capillary blood vessels using cotton candy and gelatin. His goal is for researchers to use these man-made capillaries to help keep artificial organs and other tissues alive, which could dramatically impact the field of regenerative medicine. Vascular toolbox Bellan’s lab is hoping these...

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New free Vanderbilt course to teach computer programming to beginners

Apr. 1, 2015—Register for Introduction to Programming with MATLAB on Coursera. A new free massive open online course, or MOOC, is being offered by Vanderbilt University that will teach computer programming to those with little or no previous experience April 14 to June 15. While the course is an introductory college-level course in computer science, it is...

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