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November, 2015

Makerspace workshop to guide school’s expansion of design facilities

Nov. 30, 2015—Simply put, building a makerspace requires a community, some tools, and education. How it’s accomplished varies, and that’s what the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering will explore Friday, Dec. 11, in a daylong Design, Build and Test (DEBUT) Makerspace Planning Workshop. The workshop is open to the public but attendance is limited. Go here to...

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Vanderbilt School of Engineering, partners awarded $3.5 million from ARPA-E for transformational energy technology

Nov. 25, 2015—  (iStock) A new $3.5 million award from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will support Vanderbilt University School of Engineering researchers’ efforts to create software that can control the Smart Grid – a decentralized power system that is more efficient, sustainable and reliable than America’s current electrical power delivery.   Gabor Karsai...

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Bellan research story among six regional Emmy nominations for Vanderbilt

Nov. 23, 2015—Mechanical engineer Leon Bellan is working to create artificial human capillary blood vessels using cotton candy and gelatin. A VU Inside story about his research – Cotton Candy Organs – was nominated Nov. 19 in the Informational/Instructional Series category, and was produced by Amy Wolf, Zack Eagles and Mike Todd. Vanderbilt University received six Mid-South...

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Students from award-winning Whites Creek academy visit school’s wind-solar demo site

Nov. 23, 2015—    When Whites Creek High School students and teachers looked for a ground-mount solar cell installation to visit, they didn’t have to go far. It’s a mere 15 miles to the Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s wind-solar energy demonstration site at the top of Love Circle, one of the highest points in Nashville. The Vanderbilt...

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Three-time national rocketry champs are off to a strong start defending their title

Nov. 20, 2015—The Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab is off to a strong start defending their national rocketry title in the 2015-16 NASA University Student Launch Challenge competing against a field of 39 other university teams. On Nov. 14 the student team successfully launched a subscale model of this year’s rocket design and they also kicked off a...

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Q&A: Vanderbilt alum, Twitter video platform designer shares advice on career

Nov. 18, 2015—Avid social media users might not know Can Envarli (BS’05), but they almost certainly know his work. Twitter created a stir in January when it announced the launch of its native video platform, allowing users to both upload video in multiple formats and shoot and share videos without leaving the app. They also can instantly...

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Q&A: Engineering alum turned brewer says background comes in handy for beer biz

Nov. 18, 2015—Justin Cox (BE’04) faced a conundrum four years ago – keep working at a steady, prestigious job with the federal government or turn his home brewing passion into a business. The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering alumnus decided he wanted no regrets as an old man and chose the latter. Today, he is founder and...

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VUSE lends support in $500K Kauffman partnership to encourage entrepreneurs

Nov. 17, 2015—The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced Tuesday it will partner with the city of Nashville, rewarding agencies that encourage entrepreneurship with grants to foster collaboration and connection. The partnership was the result of a competitive process supported by the city, The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and a number of other government,...

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