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Emeritus Professor James Wert was leader in metallurgical engineering

Feb. 12, 2019—James J. Wert, George A. Sloan Professor of Metallurgy and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, died Feb. 4, 2019, in Nashville. Wert joined the Vanderbilt engineering faculty in 1961. He developed the Department of Materials Science and served at its chair. Later, he served as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He retired in...

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Annual dinner honors student athletes, ROTC members for double duty

Feb. 1, 2019—Citing the Beatles, former Vanderbilt Football Coach James Franklin and Confucius, two School of Engineering alumni told student athletes and ROTC members that their undergraduate experiences have put them ahead of their peers – they already know how to manage time and prioritize, how to work as part of a team, and how to lead....

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Spring career fair draws record student attendance and 17 new companies

Jan. 31, 2019—A record number of engineering undergraduates attended the career fair held Jan. 28, an event that also attracted 17 new companies.  In all, 363 students attended, up from 343 last year. The spring semester fair is an engineering-only event and 47 companies participated, an increase of more than 25 percent over 2018. Global powerhouses AECOM...

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Vanderbilt makeathon helps Hawaii youngster create custom guitar pick holder

Jan. 23, 2019—Tikkun Olam Makers complete 14 design projects in 48 hours Linden strummed a guitar in the lobby of the Engineering and Science Building. The prototype of a custom guitar pick holder for his finger worked great. Zion whirled his wheelchair and kicked a round rugby ball to his TOM teammates in the ESB lobby. His...

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Engineering alum is commander of Seabees, Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School

Jan. 22, 2019—In a change of command ceremony in Port Hueneme, California, Capt. Christopher M. Kurgan (BE’90) became commanding officer for the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering and the Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School at Naval Base Ventura County. After assuming command in August 2018, Kurgan spoke of his plans to further innovation and the...

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Stress fractures and running wearables: The mistake that could mean injuries

Jan. 17, 2019—Engineer, NFL Players Association adviser find issue with running sensors It starts as a persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she’s being sidelined by one of the most common running injuries: a stress fracture. These tiny cracks in...

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General Motors names alumnus Mark Reuss company president

Jan. 7, 2019—Reuss will lead electric and driverless vehicle efforts Mark L. Reuss has been promoted to president of General Motors. Reuss will continue to lead the company’s ambitious plan to develop and bring to market electric and autonomous vehicles. He remains GM’s global product chief and head of Cadillac. Along with his new role, Reuss also...

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Alumna with challenging job finds time to mentor teen girls

Jan. 2, 2019—Lynn Braunschweig is a project manager at maxon motor Aerospace Unit. She earned a BE degree in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt in 2004, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a MBA at Washington University in St. Louis. Braunschweig was interviewed by Paul Heney of Design World. Talk about the culture at your...

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