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Civil engineering alumna named CEO of national trade association

Jan. 15, 2019—Audrey Copeland, PhD’07, has been named the next president and CEO of the National Asphalt Pavement Association. She will assume the new role at the NAPA 2019 annual meeting Jan. 20-23. NAPA is the only national trade association focused exclusively on the interests of asphalt pavement mix producers and paving contractors. During a transition period,...

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Applications open for 2019 Vanderbilt Green Fund projects until Jan. 21

Jan. 9, 2019—Engineering senior coordinates Green Fund The Vanderbilt Green Fund is now accepting applications for 2019 projects. The deadline for applications is Jan. 21. The Vanderbilt Green Fund, established in 2011 by engineering alumna Leslie Labruto, then president of Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR) and Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG), is a fund set aside...

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Risk modeling, data integration drive NASA next-gen air travel safety project

Jan. 4, 2019—Low visibility, bird strikes, incorrect landing approach speed, runway debris, airframe icing, engine fires, unexpected weather and sensor malfunction are but a handful of potential causes of airplane accidents. They also are among more than 60 incident scenarios identified by an ambitious NASA effort to develop the next generation National Airspace System, known as NextGen...

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Clark Scholars mingle with foundation and university leadership

Nov. 30, 2018—Now a group of 20 students, the A. James Clark Scholars at the School of Engineering met recently with members of the foundation that endowed the program as well as top Vanderbilt officials. The Clark Scholars Program is the signature academic program of the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation. It emphasizes three key components—engineering excellence, business acumen...

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Vanderbilt University receives $4.5M grant, will match to help fund MoveVU mobility plan

Nov. 6, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (pictured) and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced a $4.5 million CMAQ grant, which the university will match, at the FutureVU Mobility Expo Nov. 6 at the Wond’ry. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) MoveVU, Vanderbilt University’s developing mobility strategy for faculty, staff and students, has received a major boost from a $4.5...

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Wond’ry recognized as Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center

Oct. 25, 2018—The Wond’ry was named an Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center at the annual Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers conference, held last week in Chicago. The Wond’ry opened in 2016 as Vanderbilt University’s epicenter for innovation, creative collaboration and entrepreneurship. “This award is truly an honor and a testament to the incredible amount of hard work and effort that...

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New CEE professor combines hydrology and data to study rivers’ cleansing capacity

Oct. 24, 2018—When it comes to rivers, floodplains, ponds and lakes, Jesus Gomez-Velez knows the waters are never still – even if they appear to be. They continuously change, processing and removing excess harmful nitrates, filtering contaminants though grains of varied sizes, and using thermal energy to reinvent themselves. “Rivers regulate themselves,” he said. “We just need...

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Sole female engineering graduate in 1967 dies in Huntsville

Oct. 22, 2018—The School of Engineering has learned that Jo Ann Eddy Somers, BE ’67, died July 11, 2018, at her home in Huntsville, Alabama. She was the only female in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering 1967 graduating class. Somers, 73, was a civil engineering major and a member of Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon engineering...

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