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MacArthur Fellow, Berkeley engineer to deliver March 17 Hall Lecture on robot learning and safety in avionics

Mar. 4, 2021—Claire Tomlin is a pioneer in hybrid control systems research, particularly aeronautical applications to address problems in aircraft flight control and collision avoidance. She has developed algorithms to help determine when unsafe conditions may arise as variables and interactions become increasingly complex. Her work includes issues of autonomous control of a team of unmanned aerial...

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ChBE alumna honored with major Department of Energy award

Feb. 13, 2021—Krista Walton, PhD’05, has received a 2020 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in honor of her contributions to the fields of atomic, molecular and chemical sciences. Walton is the associate dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. She is considered a pioneer in her field, which involves interdisciplinary research that...

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Trans-institutional collaboration receives $2 million BRAIN Initiative grant, developing brain organoids to map neurological development

Feb. 3, 2021—Vivian Gama, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, and Leon Bellan, associate professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, have won a $2.3 million, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative. Vivian Gama Leon Bellan (Vanderbilt University) The researchers will be developing three-dimensional brain organoids and...

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Annual event underscores contributions of women in STEM fields

Jan. 27, 2021—Marguerite Davis was one two biochemists who discovered vitamins A and B in 1913, though her university refused to pay Davis a salary for five of the six years she worked with Elmer McCollum, her more famous colleague. In 1946, Connie Myers Guion was the first woman in the U.S. to be named a professor...

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Dozens of engineering professors among world’s top 2% of working scientists

Jan. 25, 2021—Nearly 40 School of Engineering faculty members have been named among the top 2 percent of 7 million working scientists in the world. More than 60 percent of the school’s full professors are in this elite group, based on a recent study by a Stanford University professor and his colleagues. The study combines several different...

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Brunger leads $1.5 million NSF project to develop advanced brain organoids

Jan. 7, 2021—Vanderbilt engineers have received a $1.49 million National Science Foundation grant to advance the science of organoids with cells that organize themselves and mimic development of human brain structures. Organoids are lab-produced groups of cells that serve as research models for human physiology in development and disease, including design and testing of drugs and other...

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Custom, virtual world highlights annual VISE symposium

Jan. 5, 2021—Interactive showcase remains open For the last eight years, on the second Wednesday in December, poster boards were set up at the crack of dawn in the lobby of Light Hall. Students, postdocs and faculty members would trickle in a few hours later to hang the poster themselves. By afternoon, the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery...

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Engineering school’s three new endowed fellowships support researchers, faculty recruitment

Dec. 8, 2020—Through a Faculty Fellowship Challenge, donors have established endowments that will support rising faculty talent in the School of Engineering. Sally Baker Hopkins, BE’78, and David L. Hopkins, Caroline and Jack P. Williams Jr., BE’86, and Laura J. and William W. Hoy Jr., BA’64, have provided support for faculty fellowships that will receive a match...

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