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Disney-themed Engineers Week promotes the importance of imagination

Feb. 15, 2019—Vanderbilt Engineers Week 2019 – February 18-22 – is spreading a little magic through more than a dozen activities during the annual five-day celebration of engineering education. “We decided to go with a Disney theme because we think Disney really brings out our inner child and stresses the importance of imagination,” said Stephanie Wang, Engineering...

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Emeritus Professor James Wert was leader in metallurgical engineering

Feb. 12, 2019—James J. Wert, George A. Sloan Professor of Metallurgy and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, died Feb. 4, 2019, in Nashville. Wert joined the Vanderbilt engineering faculty in 1961. He developed the Department of Materials Science and served at its chair. Later, he served as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He retired in...

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Fauchet advocates for STEM education and federal research support

Feb. 11, 2019—Left to right: Interim Dean Mark Dean (UT-Knoxville), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN05), Dean Richard Sweigard (University of Memphis) and Dean Philippe Fauchet (Vanderbilt). By Heather Bloemhard School of Engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet, who holds the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean’s Chair in Engineering, was in Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for federal support of...

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Alumnus elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Feb. 8, 2019—John H. Koon, BE’67, MS’69, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the design of systems to treat chemically complex industrial wastewaters. Koon, P.E., is president of John H. Koon & Associates in Atlanta and professor of the practice of environmental engineering at Georgia Tech. Koon is a board certified...

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Annual dinner honors student athletes, ROTC members for double duty

Feb. 1, 2019—Citing the Beatles, former Vanderbilt Football Coach James Franklin and Confucius, two School of Engineering alumni told student athletes and ROTC members that their undergraduate experiences have put them ahead of their peers – they already know how to manage time and prioritize, how to work as part of a team, and how to lead....

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Spring career fair draws record student attendance and 17 new companies

Jan. 31, 2019—A record number of engineering undergraduates attended the career fair held Jan. 28, an event that also attracted 17 new companies.  In all, 363 students attended, up from 343 last year. The spring semester fair is an engineering-only event and 47 companies participated, an increase of more than 25 percent over 2018. Global powerhouses AECOM...

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Nashville’s own ‘Hidden Figure’ and pioneer for African-American and women engineers dies

Jan. 31, 2019—Yvonne Young Clark, 89, was the first woman to receive a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University, the first woman to earn a master’s degree in engineering management from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, and the first woman to serve as a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Technology...

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Vanderbilt team wins $750K with AI to manage RF spectrum

Jan. 29, 2019—Vanderbilt team MarmotE cleared Phase 2 of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Spectrum Collaboration Challenge held in December at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. With no real estate left to expand the radio spectrum, DARPA’s challenge seeks machine-learning algorithms to sort out frequency priorities based on urgency – emergency and critical...

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