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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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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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Team demos breakthrough in analog image processing, Nature reports

Feb. 24, 2020—A research team of Vanderbilt engineers that includes a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated a new ultrathin filter, based on metamaterials, that allows for analog optical image processing. Their work, Flat Optics for Image Differentiation, appears today in the scientific journal, Nature Photonics. While digital image processing has become the prevailing technique...

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Rafat receives Young Investigator Grant from Breast Cancer Alliance

Feb. 19, 2020—Recent research links post-radiation inflammation to TNBC patient outcomes Marjan Rafat, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded a Young Investigator Grant by the Breast Cancer Alliance. The two-year, $125,000 award will allow Rafat and her research group to investigate how radiation influences tumor and immune cell recruitment in triple negative breast...

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Engineering professor wins Sloan Research Fellowship award

Feb. 17, 2020—Kelsey Hatzell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, an honor given annually to the brightest researchers early in their careers. She is among 126 recipients across the United States and Canada who were announced Feb. 12 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Winners receive a two-year, $75,000 fellowship, which...

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Federal support crucial to engineering research, Fauchet tells U.S. Congressional staffs

Feb. 14, 2020—United States competitiveness, workforce development and university partnerships were topics of interest for Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering, and members and staff of the Tennessee congressional delegation earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Fauchet also emphasized the crucial need for continued across-the-board federal support for engineering education and research – in...

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Vanderbilt University, L3Harris Technologies collaborate to advance engineers’ space survivability design, analysis, and test skills

Feb. 13, 2020—Online training modules created to keep pace with evolving space electronics research will help advance the verification and validation skills of L3Harris Technologies’ radiation effects engineers. In a five-year partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, the advanced training program will leverage the expertise of ISDE engineers and faculty members within the...

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