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ASCE chapter’s Ashley Smith receives inaugural Richard H. Nettleton Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award

Sep. 23, 2020—The practitioner advisor to the School of Engineering’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is the recipient of the inaugural Richard H. Nettleton Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award. Ashley T. Smith is the first recipient of the Nettleton award for outstanding advisors throughout ASCE nationally and internationally. The award was renamed in 2019 to...

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First-year engineering student experiences campus life from 11 time zones away

Sep. 21, 2020—When first-year engineering student Riddhi Singhania starts her day at Vanderbilt, many of her peers are turning in for the night. And when she’s taking part in an event for Sutherland House on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons or practicing with the Vanderbilt Lakshya dance troupe, other students are still fast asleep. That’s because Singhania...

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Dubey receives $3.9M in grants to redesign regional transit system using AI, community engagement

Sep. 18, 2020—A $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation and a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will provide funding for Vanderbilt researcher Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, to reimagine regional transit systems using cutting-edge data science techniques through a group of projects called Smart Transit. Abhishek...

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Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold creates new enzymes by following nature’s lessons

Sep. 17, 2020—Mixing chemistry, biology and engineering, Frances Arnold tweaks enzymes found in nature to perform new tricks by altering their DNA. Arnold, a Caltech chemical engineer with a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, scads more awards and honors, and research citations through the roof, delivered a rousing virtual lecture to some 700 listeners—almost twice. “You missed a...

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NSF grant to Baroud, scientists to examine the future of international shipping in the Arctic Ocean

Sep. 17, 2020—As the Arctic Ocean becomes less icy as a result of a warming climate, it could prove to be a viable—and more convenient—shipping route for global logistics companies. To determine the feasibility of navigating the challenging Arctic environment, Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Ralf Bennartz, professor of earth and environmental...

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Engineering researchers extend software-development efforts for sustainable microgrids through $2.5 million DoD project

Sep. 16, 2020—Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, is leading a $2.5 million project to develop advanced software to manage microgrids, the relatively small energy systems that rely on local energy generation and storage. This latest effort marks the continuation of an earlier project with the U.S. Department of...

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George E. Cook, engineering associate dean, emeritus, dies

Sep. 15, 2020—George E. Cook, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of electrical engineering, emeritus, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. He was 82. Cook received his undergraduate degree in 1960 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1965 at Vanderbilt. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1961....

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Vanderbilt engineers extend popular online MATLAB course into a new series

Sep. 15, 2020—Building on the exceptional success of their 2015 massive open online course (MOOC), “Introduction to Programming with MATLAB,” Mike Fitzpatrick, professor emeritus of computer science, and Akos Ledeczi, professor of computer engineering, are adding new courses to create an extended series. Fitzpatrick and Ledeczi have teamed up with Jack Noble, assistant professor of electrical engineering,...

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