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Byram receives NSF career development award

Apr. 11, 2018—Brett Byram, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant. The five-year, $549,995 grant – Ultrasound Brain-Computer Interface – begins May 1, 2018. The award funds the development of a next-generation ultrasound device to enable real-time ultrasonic visualization, without the use of contrast agents, of brain perfusion...

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Vanderbilt Board Chairman commits $20 million gift to bolster undergraduate residential experience, engineering leadership

Apr. 9, 2018—Vanderbilt University Board of Trust Chairman Bruce R. Evans, BE’81, and his wife Bridgitt have announced they are committing $20 million to help support university initiatives focused on the undergraduate living-learning experience, as well as leadership positions in the School of Engineering. The gift also includes an unrestricted bequest for future use. “As Vanderbilt’s Board...

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Associate Dean Robinson in Vanderbilt Pioneers portrait exhibit

Apr. 5, 2018—The School of Engineering’s first African American associate dean smiled at the image smiling back at him, a portrait where he carefully cradles the engraved pewter cup he won for research into diversity issues. William Robinson, left, associate dean of the School of Engineering, poses with Lucius Outlaw Jr., philosophy professor and the portrait photographer...

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Novel two-part rocket design addresses NASA challenge – launch is April 7

Mar. 29, 2018—Rockets naturally roll during ascent, posing great difficulty in imaging objects on the ground. Engineering students in the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory tackled that challenge. On Saturday, April 7, at the 2018 NASA Student Launch Competition in Toney, Alabama, they will demonstrate a payload design that helps capture image targets The Vanderbilt team has designed...

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Vanderbilt engineer’s novel research explores way to restore silenced voices

Mar. 27, 2018—A swarm of cicadas that left thousands of insect carcasses across the Vanderbilt University campus in 2011 is leading to transinstitutional research at the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to develop a surgical planning tool to help restore speech for people with vocal fold paralysis. Haoxiang Luo, Ph.D., who...

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Vanderbilt’s Cummings to receive FOMMS 2018 Founders Medal

Mar. 19, 2018—Peter Cummings, John R. Hall Professor and associate dean for research, will receive the 2018 FOMMS Medal in July at the seventh triennial Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulation conference where he will deliver the FOMMS Medal Lecture. The FOMMS Medal honors profound and lasting contributions by one or more individuals to the development of...

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Engineering’s Deyu Li named ASME Fellow

Feb. 20, 2018—Deyu Li, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a distinction awarded to ASME members who have made significant engineering achievements. Li has made significant contributions in nanoscale energy transport as well as microfluidics and nanofluidics.  He is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in thermal...

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New recyclable resin makes wind turbine blades much more sustainable

Feb. 16, 2018—Fields of spinning wind turbine blades inspire thoughts of earth-friendly energy, but until now, generating wind power hasn’t been as sustainable as people may have thought. It generally requires a great deal of time and energy to cure the type of resin that makes the 150-foot-wide fiberglass blades strong and durable. When they finally wear...

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