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Sophomore sets up volunteer grocery shopping and delivery service

Mar. 30, 2020—Connor Oltman knew he’d need activities beyond engineering classes and labs to keep him busy when he got home to Cypress, a small city in Orange County, California. Even as Vanderbilt’s residence halls were closing and the business of educating moved online, Connor put the word out – he was willing to buy and deliver...

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VU engineers and VUMC doctors team up for open-source ventilator design

Mar. 28, 2020—As COVID-19 continues to push unprecedented challenges on medical communities, one of the most pressing threats for hospital staff across the country is a dwindling supply of ventilators. Now, an interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty is taking on the challenge by way of a fabricated, open-source ventilator design. Led...

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BME class repairs medical equipment at 3 hospitals in Guatemala

Mar. 25, 2020—For a class of biomedical engineering undergraduates spring break was about frayed wires, disconnected connectors and malfunctioning monitors rather than sun, sand and surf. A dozen students spent the week in Guatemala repairing medical equipment at hospitals as part of a service learning class taught by Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Cynthia Paschal, associate...

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Baroud receives NSF Early CAREER Award to predict and inform community hazard response

Mar. 11, 2020—Hiba Baroud has received a 2020 NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development grant to boost community resilience and sustainability through a three-pronged project that starts with a better understanding of how people and infrastructures interact during hazards. The five-year, $500,000 grant, “Policy-Infrastructure-Community Interdependencies: The Next Frontiers in Dynamic Networks,” begins July 1, 2020. Baroud, assistant professor...

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Class project leads to a paper in peer reviewed international journal

Mar. 10, 2020—When a research idea is offered to a multidisciplinary class and it results in a journal paper that advances science and creates new scholars, that’s a terrific success. “And, it’s about as collaborative as you can get when graduate and undergraduate students in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemistry take on a project,” said Piran...

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Data Science: Next Generation Committee to advance computing at Vanderbilt

Mar. 4, 2020—A Data Science: Next Generation Committee has been formed to evaluate current computing expertise and resources at Vanderbilt University. Six engineering faculty will serve on the committee:  Doug Schmidt, Hiba Baroud, Xenofon Koutsoukos, Maithilee Kunda, Brad Malin and Gregor Neuert. The committee will assess future needs to strengthen the foundations of computing across campus, establish cross-disciplinary connections, and emphasize...

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Record number of high school students compete in annual bridge challenge

Mar. 2, 2020—The sound of a small basswood bridge failing under a heavy load is more of a whimper than a bang. The snap is audible but subtle, and Jessica Baker listened intently for it dozens of times Saturday. Jessica, a junior at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, was among a record number of Middle Tennessee students...

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Two new endowed chair recipients in engineering honored at celebration

Feb. 28, 2020—Two engineering faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for their academic achievements during a celebration Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Student Life Center. They were among nine Vanderbilt faculty members who are recipients of chairs. The engineering professors are: Craig Duvall, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Engineering Nilanjan Sarkar, David K. Wilson Chair in...

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