Skip to main content

Media Category

Vanderbilt mechanical engineers earn top materials research awards

Dec. 13, 2019—Vanderbilt mechanical engineers took home top awards at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston, Massachusetts. Mechanical engineering professor Kelsey Hatzell received the Materials Research Society Nelson “Buck” Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy. Hatzell was selected from more than 25 candidates for her research contributions to renewable energy....

Read more


Vanderbilt chemical engineering champion, masterful teacher Karl B. Schnelle has died

Dec. 9, 2019—A pioneer in environmental engineering and book author, a masterful teacher and mentor, Karl B. Schnelle Jr. is remembered by scores of former students and faculty colleagues as a charismatic and generous Vanderbilt engineering professor who became a lifelong friend. Schnelle, 88, died Nov. 7, 2019, in Nashville. Professor Schnelle continued his work with students...

Read more


Anita Mahadevan-Jansen elected National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Dec. 3, 2019—Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. The NAI Fellows Selection Committee chose Mahadevan-Jansen, a professor of biomedical engineering, for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of...

Read more


A four-way switch promises greater tunability of layered materials

Nov. 19, 2019—A scientific team from Vanderbilt University and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The discovery breaks new ground in the study of ferroelectricity, a characteristic of certain dielectric materials used in high-technology applications. The team made...

Read more


Students tap engineering and empathy skills to help kids with special needs

Nov. 18, 2019—Inspired to make a child’s life better through engineering and design, students from Vanderbilt, occupational therapists and professional engineers worked for three days straight—with little sleep—to build inventions that would make life a little easier for a child with special physical needs. Seven teams from diverse backgrounds took part in Vanderbilt’s third annual TOM Makeathon...

Read more


Robot prototype shows promise for microsurgery on eyes and aneurysms

Nov. 14, 2019—A new continuum robot designed by Vanderbilt engineers achieves multi-scale motion and may open up a huge world of previously impossible complex microsurgeries. The robot is capable of providing both a large macro motion workspace as necessary for surgical intervention and a small micro motions workspace with motion resolutions of 1 micron or less. For...

Read more


Peter Cummings is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

Nov. 13, 2019—Peter T. Cummings, John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering and the School of Engineering’s associate dean for research, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The designation FRSC is given to an elected Fellow who has made outstanding contributions to chemistry. Cummings is a globally recognized expert in molecular modeling...

Read more


Clare McCabe elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Nov. 12, 2019—Clare McCabe, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She was recognized today at the 2019 AIChE annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Fellow is the highest grade of membership awarded by the AICHE and is achieved only through election by the organization’s Board...

Read more