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$1.5M DOE grant targets engineering of cyanobacteria as biofuel production platform

Jul. 20, 2021—A new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Jamey Young, will take a systems biology approach to identify how cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green...

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CS student’s Microsoft dissertation grant supports her vision disability research

Jul. 16, 2021—Computer science graduate student Haley A. Adams has been awarded a 2021 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant. She is one of 10 recipients in the United States and Canada who are underrepresented in the field of computing and pursuing research aligned to research areas carried out by Microsoft researchers. Microsoft aims to increase the pipeline of...

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Three engineering faculty awarded Seeding Success Grants in inaugural funding round

Jul. 14, 2021—The Office of the Provost has announced the inaugural round of grant recipients for the Seeding Success Grant program established in March. Three engineering faculty members are among 15 faculty members across four Vanderbilt schools and colleges who will receive support for their work. They are: David Braun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; “Catapult Legs: Enhancing Human...

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New Extracellular Vesicle Research Center launches; NSF grant is an early success

Jul. 12, 2021—On July 1, the Program for Extracellular Vesicle Research became one of the nine official centers and institutes associated with the School of Medicine Basic Sciences. The Center for Extracellular Vesicle Research is led by Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Alissa Weaver, who holds the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and also led the center’s previous incarnation as a program....

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BME, CS grad students receive DoD science and engineering graduate fellowships

Jul. 8, 2021—Two engineering doctoral students have received 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships. Sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the NDSEG Fellowship is a highly competitive fellowship awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of 15 supported disciplines. Fellowship selections are made by the...

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Vanderbilt graduate students address legislators to advocate for NSF funding

Jun. 30, 2021—By Collier Roberts Members of the Vanderbilt community meet with a staff member from the Office of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN09). (Office of Federal Relations) Two graduate students from Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering and one from the School of Medicine recently addressed legislators in Washington, D.C., virtually, sharing stories about the important role funding from...

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$2.5 million NASA project will develop and test safety management for ‘air taxis’

Jun. 28, 2021—Multi-university team tackles safety systems for autonomous eVTOLs Vanderbilt engineers are part of a NASA-funded, multi-institution effort to develop safety systems for a mode of transportation that doesn’t exist yet—small, commercial, autonomous planes that move people by air between locations in large, crowded cities. The task is a formidable one with machine learning at its...

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Grad student adds drone imagery to toolbox for post-disaster recovery

Jun. 24, 2021—  A new online gallery of photos taken in the days, weeks and months following the March 2020 regional tornados is the work of an engineering graduate student who wants to make disaster recovery more equitable. Daniel Perrucci, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, used bird’s eye imagery from drones as well as street-level photography...

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