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July, 2020

PhD student illuminates science one T-shirt at a time

Jul. 13, 2020—Necessity as much as aesthetics drove Wilson Adams’ interest in graphic design. He wanted to go beyond predictable two-dimensional charts with labels to illustrate his research. Adams, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, taught himself how to create 3D images and iterated further, adding more complex representations such as light dispersion and diffraction. He discovered he enjoyed toying around with designs and...

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Using AI to optimize public transit for pandemic protocols and planning

Jul. 10, 2020—Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is applying artificial intelligence (AI) to address how the essential public transit systems of Nashville and Chattanooga – WeGo Public Transit and CARTA, respectively – can maintain social distancing protocols and proactively plan bus routes and schedules in response to COVID-19. Beyond concerns transit advocates...

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Engineering graduate student wins distinguished ORNL fellowship

Jul. 9, 2020—Marm B. Dixit, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is a recipient of a Weinberg Distinguished Staff Fellowship in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “The Weinberg fellowship is a highly competitive, prestigious early-career research opportunity that will enable Marm to create independent research paths, said Flowers Family Faculty...

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Software suite expedites reproducible computer simulations

Jul. 8, 2020—  Science moves forward when researchers verify their and others’ results. “Reproducibility in scientific research is a prominent issue, and molecular simulations, which play an important role in many subfields of science and engineering, pose particular computational challenges,” said Peter Cummings, associate dean for research and John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering. To address...

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Vanderbilt ranks 36th on NAI’s Top 100 list for U.S. patents

Jul. 6, 2020—Vanderbilt University is ranked 36th in a 2019 U.S. patents report released by the by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). The report uses data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and highlights the vital role patents play in university research and innovation. Published annually...

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Kidambi receives ECS-Toyota Young Investigator fellowship for fuel cell research

Jul. 3, 2020—Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is one of three recipients of an Electrochemical Society Toyota 2020-21 Young Investigator Fellowship awarded for projects in green energy technology. The fellowship is a partnership between the ECS and Toyota Research Institute of North America, a division of Toyota Motor North America. with the goal...

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