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How to build a tiny home: Expert advice from civil engineering grad Sean Ticknor

Feb. 17, 2021—For Sean Ticknor, BE’99, the light-bulb moment came in 2016. That’s when he realized that his sons, now 13 and 16, would never have the opportunity to take a shop class—and that most schools in his San Francisco Bay area took a one-size-fits-all approach in directing students to college, but no other paths. “College is...

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Marine engineering leader, Vanderbilt alum elected to NAE

Feb. 11, 2021—Christopher J. Wiernicki (BE’80) has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for innovative leadership in the design, engineering, and operation of ships and offshore structures. Wiernicki is chairman, president and CEO of ABS and chairman of the ABS Group of Companies, Inc. He previously served as chairman of the International Association of...

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Alum is one of 15 ‘Engineers Who Mattered in 2020’ on engineering.com

Jan. 21, 2021—Vanderbilt engineering alumnus Bhupinder Singh, MS’86, is one of 15 “Engineers Who Mattered in 2020” featured in a list published Jan. 7, 2021, on engineering.com. After serving 26 years with Bentley Systems, a leader in infrastructure engineering software, Bhupinder Singh could have called it quits. Throughout his years at Bentley, Singh held many roles, including...

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Three Vanderbilt engineers among 2021 winners of NBJ’s 40 Under 40 Awards

Jan. 12, 2021—Vanderbilt engineers, two alumni and one faculty member, have been selected for the Nashville Business Journal’s 2021 40 Under 40 list. It recognizes the city’s most prominent young business leaders. Considered emerging business leaders, Julia Doolittle Whitacre, BS’06, engineering science, Austin Dirks, BE’08, biomedical engineering, and Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, of biomedical engineering,...

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Engineering Triple ’Dore selected for 2020 Student Media Hall of Fame class

Dec. 17, 2020—A Vanderbilt Television pioneer-turned-rocket scientist is one of five newest members of the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame. Patrick Taylor, credits his 12 continuous years of working in student media with helping launch his career at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation and Missile Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Taylor, a Triple ’Dore who...

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Engineering alumna Kimberly Robinson named U.S. Space & Rocket Center Executive Director and CEO

Dec. 15, 2020—Kimberly Robinson, a 31-year NASA veteran, has been named the executive director and CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission said she will begin her new role Feb. 15, 2021. “I look forward to joining the remarkable team at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to inspire our...

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Mahadevan-Jansen and Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center resume lab activity with renewed purpose during Research Ramp-up

Dec. 4, 2020—Anita Mahadevan-Jansen (Vanderbilt University) The Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center, directed by Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Biomedical Engineering, conducts research on clinical photonics, neurophotonics and multiscale photonics to develop optical technologies that improve patient care. When Vanderbilt ramped down in-person research activities in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mahadevan-Jansen and her team did...

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Engineering grad student guides Google’s 2020 elections results experience

Dec. 1, 2020—Meet Troy Kensinger, Technical Program Manager responsible for Google’s election results experience. Troy also is a Vanderbilt student pursuing a master’s degree in computer science—online. Troy is from College Station, Texas, and currently resides in Los Angeles. What was your professional path to Google? The path started right after my undergrad from Texas A&M (S-E-C!)....

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