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EE alumnus and property tech cofounder to give Chambers Lecture Oct. 15

Sep. 22, 2019—When Ben Taylor, BE’15, launched Doorport, he focused on owners of large apartment buildings who might upgrade secure access to their buildings to make life easier for residents. The idea had clicked when he glanced at the wall intercom unit in his new apartment and wondered why he could not simply use his smart phone...

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Engineering school announces faculty appointments

Sep. 20, 2019—The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering announces the appointment of three tenure-track junior faculty members representing the biomedical, mechanical, and electrical engineering and computer science departments, and three non-tenure appointments. David Braun is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Prior to joining the engineering faculty, he was assistant professor at Singapore University of Technology and...

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Research findings from national study of postdoctoral fellows subject of two-day symposium

Sep. 18, 2019—  Directors and managers of postdoctoral offices from universities across the United States met at Vanderbilt Sept. 5-7 to discuss research finding related to a national study of postdoctoral fellows, including those at Vanderbilt and fellows of Vanderbilt’s Academic Pathways initiative. The study, conducted by the Beyond the PhD Research Group led by Associate Professor of...

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David Merryman receives engineering’s inaugural Walters Family Chair

Sep. 16, 2019—Biomedical Engineering Professor David Merryman has received the School of Engineering’s inaugural Walters Family Chair. Merryman was recognized by Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente and Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean, during a ceremony Sept. 16 at the Student Life Center. “I am very honored to receive the recognition of being the...

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On-the-move cancer cells prefer a “comfort cruise,” follow predictable paths of least resistance

Sep. 13, 2019—New research from a group of Vanderbilt biomedical engineers reveals that while cancer cells move quickly in metastasis, they’re rather lazy in which paths they choose. According to the researchers, migrating cancer cells decide which path in the body to travel based on how much energy it takes, opting to move through wider, easier to...

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BOV member, design firm leader is ‘Most Admired CEO’ for third time

Sep. 12, 2019—The CEO of Barge Design Solutions, who started at the company as a civil engineering student intern, is among Nashville Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs for the third time. Bob Higgins, BE’89, has led Barge as president and CEO since 2009. Barge is a certified Great Place to Work® and is ranked #27 in Nashville...

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$3 million NSF grant sets up graduate trainee program for autism-related workplace innovations

Sep. 12, 2019—Vanderbilt University will train a new generation of engineers and scientists to develop innovations that connect 21st-century workforce needs to the talents and abilities of neurodiverse individuals, such as those living along the autism spectrum. A $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation will establish a first-of-its-kind graduate traineeship program called Neurodiversity Inspired Science...

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Engineering professor, students ‘DIVE’ into Fleming Yard renovation

Sep. 11, 2019—When the new academic year began, students, faculty and staff filled the university’s classrooms, residence halls and centers, as well as a dynamic, newly redesigned space: Fleming Yard. The redesign of the outdoor space, located between Alumni Lawn and Sarratt Student Center, was the culmination of collaborative initiatives among students, faculty and administrators from the...

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