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Nation’s most senior African-American female roboticist in higher ed to deliver Chambers Lecture Sept. 25

Sep. 15, 2017—As one of the nation’s most recognized female roboticists, Ayanna Howard has designed SnoMote robots to study the impact of global warming on Antarctic ice shelves and created artificial intelligence-powered STEM apps to teach children with autism how to play Angry Birds. She has overseen nearly 50 projects in a dozen years at Georgia Tech....

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Vanderbilt engineer: Rethinking where/if to rebuild after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey

Sep. 14, 2017—Media Note: Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio. The studio is free for Vanderbilt experts, other than reserving fiber time. More information » Though our natural instinct is to put everything back exactly where it was before a disaster, Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Center...

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Engineering school rises to No. 34 in 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings

Sep. 12, 2017—The School of Engineering rose to No. 34, up from No. 37 last year, in U.S. News & World Report as part of the publication’s annual ranking of undergraduate engineering programs. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked No. 1. The engineering school shares No. 34 with North Carolina State University, University of California-Santa Barbara, University...

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Engineering and Science Building, Innovation Pavilion garner design awards

Aug. 28, 2017—This 250,000-square-foot structure is home to both the Engineering and Science Building, which includes laboratories, classrooms and a state-of-the-art clean room, and Vanderbilt’s Innovation Pavilion, which includes the Wond’ry and its makerspace. (Daniel DuBois/Vanderbilt) Vanderbilt’s year-old Engineering and Science Building and Innovation Pavilion are garnering accolades from professional associations of engineers and contractors, who laud...

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Racing the eclipse, backup balloon sends striking video

Aug. 22, 2017—A second high-altitude weather balloon rose yesterday from a Vanderbilt garage rooftop to the edge of space to live-stream video of the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. After losing the first balloon to high winds, mechanical engineering graduate student Adam Jarrell and the NASA eclipse project team quickly attached the...

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Plentiful human protein better carrier for gene therapy in tumors

Jul. 24, 2017—Powerful molecules can hitch rides on a plentiful human protein and signal tumors to self-destruct, a team of Vanderbilt University engineers found. Their research gives oncologists a better shot at overcoming the problems of drug resistance, toxicity to patients and a host of other barriers to consistently achieving successful gene therapy for cancer. It is...

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Engineer’s ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul. 21, 2017—Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down. A new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory has the potential to do just that. Based on...

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Dean Fauchet reappointed for five-year term

Apr. 27, 2017—Philippe Fauchet has been reappointed as dean of the School of Engineering for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017.“I want to thank Dean Fauchet for his leadership and service to date,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. “During his tenure, the faculty has grown in strategic directions, new programming...

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