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Kyser Miree Scholarship supporters rise to the challenge in memory of beloved alumnus

Jul. 14, 2021—2021 marks 10th anniversary of Miree’s passing; Scholarship match deadline is Aug. 31 This spring marked the 10th anniversary of the Kyser Miree Scholarship, which was established to recognize the life and leadership of the late Kyser Miree, BE’09. In recognition of this milestone and in hopes of reaching an endowment of $1,000,000, a matching gift challenge was...

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Three engineering faculty awarded Seeding Success Grants in inaugural funding round

Jul. 14, 2021—The Office of the Provost has announced the inaugural round of grant recipients for the Seeding Success Grant program established in March. Three engineering faculty members are among 15 faculty members across four Vanderbilt schools and colleges who will receive support for their work. They are: David Braun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; “Catapult Legs: Enhancing Human...

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Vanderbilt rocketry team places second in 2021 NASA Student Launch Competition

Jun. 8, 2021—The Vanderbilt Rocket Team placed second in the Launch Division of the 2021 NASA Student Launch Competition, the space agency announced June 4. The team will receive $2,500 from the National Space Club. The Vanderbilt team also won NASA’s Educational Engagement Award for their innovative virtual rocketry workshops for school students. The University of North...

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Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond visits Vanderbilt, laying groundwork for future partnership

May. 27, 2021—United States Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond visited Vanderbilt University to learn about the pioneering aerospace engineering projects at the university’s research institutes and trans-institutional programs. The visit also presented areas for collaboration with the newest independent service of the U.S. military. After an introduction by Vice Chancellor for...

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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 and Haoxiang Luo in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have been promoted to full professor with tenure. Four faculty members have been promoted to associate...

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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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