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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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Engineering School is No. 37 in 2021 U.S. News undergraduate program rankings

Sep. 14, 2020—The Vanderbilt School of Engineering is No. 37 in the U.S. News & World Report’s  2021 Best Colleges rankings released today. The school is tied with Brown University, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Virginia. MIT is ranked No. 1. The U.S. News rankings of the 206 undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET, and where the...

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Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold to deliver the Hall Engineering Lecture Sept. 15

Aug. 26, 2020—Nobel Prize-winning chemical engineer Frances Arnold will deliver the Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s fall John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. CT. Her lecture, “Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life,” is free and open to the public. It will be live streamed and registration is required. Arnold’s work centers on...

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Engineers develop better graphene sieve that could advance clean water efforts

Aug. 14, 2020—Developing atomically thin graphene membranes used to separate salt from water is extraordinarily complex and the effort grows more crucial as population growth, industrialization and climate change strain freshwater resources. Vanderbilt engineering researchers report a breakthrough in scalable fabrication of graphene membrane with a sealing technology that corrects variations in the pore size so they...

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Eight engineering students on spring 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll

Jul. 16, 2020—Eight engineering student-athletes have been named to the 2020 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. Commissioner Greg Sankey and the league office announced the SEC honor roll July 10. A total of 73 Vanderbilt student-athletes made the list. The engineering students are: Abbey Carlson–W Golf–Mechanical Engineering (BE’20) Brianne Gross–Lacrosse–Engineering Science/Communication Studies (rising junior) Megan MacGillis–Lacrosse–Engineering Science...

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Software suite expedites reproducible computer simulations

Jul. 8, 2020—  Science moves forward when researchers verify their and others’ results. “Reproducibility in scientific research is a prominent issue, and molecular simulations, which play an important role in many subfields of science and engineering, pose particular computational challenges,” said Peter Cummings, associate dean for research and John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering. To address...

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Kidambi receives ECS-Toyota Young Investigator fellowship for fuel cell research

Jul. 3, 2020—Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is one of three recipients of an Electrochemical Society Toyota 2020-21 Young Investigator Fellowship awarded for projects in green energy technology. The fellowship is a partnership between the ECS and Toyota Research Institute of North America, a division of Toyota Motor North America. with the goal...

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Adams to lead TIPs-funded, soldier-inspired innovation hub

Jun. 30, 2020—Sanchez, Valentine awarded VU Discovery Grants A new innovation incubator will amplify existing collaborations among researchers and soldiers, building on Vanderbilt’s partnership agreement with Army Futures Command. The project, Soldier-Inspired Innovation Incubator for Discovering Research-Based Solutions, is one of six cross-disciplinary programs to be funded by Vanderbilt’s Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative, a hallmark of the...

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