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Dean Fauchet recognizes outstanding 2021 engineering graduates

May. 12, 2021—Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering, has announced outstanding 2021 engineering graduates, school and department award recipients. A video is here. Samantha Avery Speer of Westlake Village, California, is Founder’s Medalist for the School of Engineering. She is graduating with a bachelor of science degree as a double major in computer science and mathematics...

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Dean Fauchet announces 2021 annual awards and faculty promotions

May. 11, 2021—Dean Philippe Fauchet announced the promotions of engineering faculty members May 11 at the final faculty meeting of the 2020-2021 academic year. He also announced four additional school awards. Eric Barth in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been promoted to full professor with tenure. Three faculty members have been promoted to associate professor. They...

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Class of 2021: From rockets to fighter jets, mechanical engineering major builds on big successes

May. 6, 2021—by Brenda Ellis May. 3, 2021 Will Reisner enjoys reaching new heights. The mechanical engineering senior is the vehicle team lead on Vanderbilt’s perennially top-ranked rocket team. Will Reisner, Class of 2021 (John Russell/Vanderbilt University) He’s also a hiker and mountain biker who has summited seven Colorado mountain peaks over 14,000 feet. And in July, Reisner is...

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How to be a hydroponic farmer: Expert advice from agricultural entrepreneur Hassan Sharaff, BE’07

Apr. 21, 2021—One tip:  Think like an engineer “Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned the hard way,” laughs Hassan Sharaff, BE’07, gesturing to, well, everything: the polyethylene greenhouse walls with a soaring aluminum frame, torqued by last year’s derecho winds, and tray after tray of arugula, basil, kale and lettuce shoots, drinking in diffuse winter sunlight, tropical humidity...

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Senior design project envisions VU-owned land as container development

Apr. 20, 2021—A team of civil and mechanical engineering students has a new vision for land Vanderbilt owns in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood of Nashville – apartments for graduate students, restaurants and offices made from 648 used shipping containers. The senior design project, sponsored by the Civic Design Center, is theoretical, but the team tackled it using real-world...

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Engineers’ groundbreaking discovery points to a new route to create thermal superconductors

Apr. 16, 2021—The relentless increase in heat loads imposed on devices in modern technologies is driving renewed interest among engineers and materials scientists in the area of heat transfer. A key challenge is finding approaches to enhance the materials’ capability of conducting heat. A team of engineers led by Vanderbilt mechanical engineering Professor Deyu Li and his...

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Design Day on April 30 will be an interactive, virtual environment

Apr. 11, 2021—Senior Design Day 2021 will highlight dozens of problem-solving projects developed over the 2020-21 academic year by teams of students, though the format is a bit different this year. The annual celebration and showcase of ingenuity will take place in a custom, interactive virtual environment and feature video presentations by student teams. The online Design...

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Dean Fauchet issues Power Hour match challenge for Vanderbilt Giving Day, April 7

Apr. 1, 2021—From 11 to noon Wednesday, April 7, engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet will match gifts from donors to the school that reach a total of $2,500 during a ‘Power Hour’ challenge on Vanderbilt Giving Day. “Giving Day is an opportunity to help advance the school’s mission of education, discovery and leadership by making a gift of...

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