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Dubey receives $3.9M in grants to redesign regional transit system using AI, community engagement

Sep. 18, 2020—A $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation and a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will provide funding for Vanderbilt researcher Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, to reimagine regional transit systems using cutting-edge data science techniques through a group of projects called Smart Transit. Abhishek...

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Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold creates new enzymes by following nature’s lessons

Sep. 17, 2020—Mixing chemistry, biology and engineering, Frances Arnold tweaks enzymes found in nature to perform new tricks by altering their DNA. Arnold, a Caltech chemical engineer with a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, scads more awards and honors, and research citations through the roof, delivered a rousing virtual lecture to some 700 listeners—almost twice. “You missed a...

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NSF grant to Baroud, scientists to examine the future of international shipping in the Arctic Ocean

Sep. 17, 2020—As the Arctic Ocean becomes less icy as a result of a warming climate, it could prove to be a viable—and more convenient—shipping route for global logistics companies. To determine the feasibility of navigating the challenging Arctic environment, Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Ralf Bennartz, professor of earth and environmental...

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Engineering researchers extend software-development efforts for sustainable microgrids through $2.5 million DoD project

Sep. 16, 2020—Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, is leading a $2.5 million project to develop advanced software to manage microgrids, the relatively small energy systems that rely on local energy generation and storage. This latest effort marks the continuation of an earlier project with the U.S. Department of...

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Vanderbilt leads $5 million project to revolutionize neurodiverse employment through AI

Sep. 10, 2020—NSF grant aligns with school’s Inclusion Engineering focus The National Science Foundation has awarded a highly competitive $5 million grant to Vanderbilt University that greatly expands a School of Engineering-led project for creating novel AI technology and tools and platforms that train and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the workplace. The significant federal...

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Grissom awarded $1.4 million NIH grant to develop smaller, quieter MRI system

Sep. 1, 2020—Vanderbilt engineers have received a $1.4 million NIH grant to work toward a compact, silent, less expensive and potentially portable MRI device. The team, led by William Grissom, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will develop new hardware, including low-field radio frequency transmission coils and amplifiers, and software that will together translate signals measured from the...

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Vanderbilt engineer develops tiny tweezers to trap nanoscale molecules as small as proteins

Aug. 31, 2020—An assistant professor of electrical engineering has developed the first-ever opto-thermo-electrohydrodynamic tweezers, optical nanotweezers that can trap and manipulate objects as small as proteins and viruses. The technique, developed by Justus Ndukaife and two graduate students in his group, gives researchers a powerful new tool for the study and perhaps early detection of viruses, cancer...

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Reinhart-King receives 2020 Chancellor’s Award for Research

Aug. 28, 2020—Cynthia Reinhart-King is one of five Vanderbilt professors who received a Chancellor’s Award for Research at the Fall Faculty Assembly Aug. 27, 2020. This award recognizes faculty excellence in works published or presented in the last three calendar years. Honorees each receive a cash prize $2,000 and an engraved pewter julep cup. The annual event took...

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