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Rebuilding concrete – Sanchez to help lead $6.7 million Hong Kong research project

Aug. 15, 2018—The Hong Kong Research Grants Council, which is equivalent to the U.S. National Science Foundation, has awarded a $6.7 million, five-year grant to a multi-university team of experts in materials science, chemistry, civil engineering, material deterioration, complex modeling, and other specialties. Florence Sanchez, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt School of Engineering,...

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Soldiers, students meet up in the Wond’ry to revolutionize prototyping, production

Aug. 10, 2018—Soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, are known for their bravery, ingenuity and adaptability, but all those qualities take them only so far if they don’t have the equipment they need, fast. In the Army, it can take years to design, prototype and produce a device for a specific task. That length of time is cut...

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Enzyme helps build motor that drives neuron death

Aug. 6, 2018—A biochemistry instructor curious about an enzyme discovered in the damaged neurons of people with multiple sclerosis made a leap toward a potential cure for countless neurodegenerative ills. Vanderbilt University’s Amrita Pathak, working with Bruce D. Carter, biochemistry professor and associate director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, found that the enzyme histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1),...

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Zelik named Emerging Leader by Chamber, YP Nashville

Jul. 31, 2018—An assistant professor of mechanical engineering has been named an Emerging Leader by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville. Karl Zelik, who joined the School of Engineering faculty in 2014, received the distinction in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction category. He was among 75 finalists in 15 categories. His commitment to STEM...

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Safe solid-state lithium batteries herald ‘paradigm shift’ in energy storage

Jul. 19, 2018—The race to produce safe, powerful and affordable solid-state lithium batteries is accelerating and recent announcements about game-changing research using a solid non-flammable ceramic electrolyte known as garnet has some in the race calling it revolutionary. “This is a paradigm shift in energy storage,” said Kelsey Hatzell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. A paper –...

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Nissan values fresh eyes on assembly plant design challenges

Jul. 10, 2018—For more than five years, Nissan North America has sponsored engineering senior design projects share the goal of improving safety, workflow and efficiency its assembly plant in Smyrna, TN. Mark Larson, the manager for Nissan’s Integrated Factory Automation Engineering, welcomes fresh eyes on a problem each year. “Having folks with no experience in an automotive...

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Mechanical engineering student dives into conservation with Seychelles internship

Jul. 9, 2018—Jillian Bremner is steering beyond her academic focus this summer to explore her passions for scuba diving and ocean conservation, with the aim of eventually combining engineering with a marine career. A rising junior mechanical engineering major from Colorado, Bremner is spending eight weeks volunteering for Global Vision International (GVI) on the island of Mahe...

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NSF I-Corps program gives boost to commercializing prosthetic ankle

Jul. 9, 2018—The first team to finish the National Science Foundation’s National Innovation Corps program from Vanderbilt University’s new I-Corps site is planning to take its smart prosthetic ankle to market. Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, graduate student Harrison Bartlett and postdoctoral scholar Brian Lawson...

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