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May, 2017

Dean presents 2017 engineering faculty, staff awards

May. 10, 2017—The School of Engineering recognized faculty and staff members for their exemplary research, teaching, and professional service during the 2016-2017 academic year. At the final faculty meeting of the year, Dean Philippe Fauchet announced faculty promotions, recognized emeritus professors, and he presented four annual awards during a reception following the May 9 meeting. Adam Anderson...

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Robinson gets EDI seed grant to survey black faculty in engineering, computer science

May. 9, 2017—Twenty-nine projects have been selected to receive seed grants to support pilot research or developmental projects on equity, diversity and inclusion. The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion awarded the grants, with support from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. William Robinson, associate professor of electrical...

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Galloway, the Wond’ry team design wrist-saving, wick-installing device for Thistle Farms

May. 8, 2017—From left, Jim Kensler, senior director of Thistle Farms Body & Home; Melissa Wert, director of systems and inventory control; Tianja Gibbs, manufacturing manager; Deanna Meador, the Wond’ry program manager; and Noah Barrow, the Wond’ry intern watch the first trial of Barrow’s new wick-installing device. (Photo courtesy of Peggy Napier/Thistle Farms) Flat, cottonwood candlewicks are...

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Six engineering faculty named to endowed chairs

May. 8, 2017—Six engineering faculty members have been named to endowed chairs, including five who now hold Cornelius Vanderbilt posts. “The School is fortunate to have exceptional faculty doing extraordinary work and it is fitting that they are recognized with an appointment as a named professor,” said Dean Philippe Fauchet. “This support complements the University’s efforts to...

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Grand Stair dedicated in honor of alumni Ed and Sue Clark

May. 4, 2017—The striking spiral staircase inside Vanderbilt University’s Engineering and Science Building was dedicated April 28 in honor of alumni and longtime university supporters Sue, BA’77, and G. Edmond “Ed” Clark, BE’76. The dedication ceremony recognized the Clarks’ contribution to the building’s architectural focal point. The Ed and Sue Clark Grand Stair circles through four levels...

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Bridge designed by CE seniors to improve Honduran villagers’ access, safety

May. 3, 2017—When Jake Van Geffen and Luke Van de Vate arrived in San Esteban last May, a few things became immediately clear. The bridge they and teammate Paloma Mendoza, all Vanderbilt civil engineering seniors, needed to design was going to be long. The “traffic,” as such, in the agrarian community near the Rio Grande in Honduras,...

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Two engineering seniors to explore the world as Keegan Traveling Fellows

May. 2, 2017—One engineering senior wants to learn how fathers in different cultures impact family dynamics while another senior wonders if traditional cures are getting replaced by the spread of Western medicine, and what that means for those cultures. To both, the exploration is personal. Vanderbilt University has awarded its 2017 Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship to...

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Engineering professors offer a free Senior Day seminar

May. 1, 2017—Computer science professors Doug Schmidt and Jules White will offer a free seminar as part of a slate of 2017 Commencement activities. The topic – Tackling Big Questions with Mobile Cloud Computing – is from their University Course offered during the 2016-17 academic year. There will be an open Q&A session for the last 15...

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