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SPIE and Vanderbilt University announce $1 million optical engineering faculty fellowship

Jun. 22, 2021—The SPIE Faculty Fellowship in Optics and Photonics will support a faculty member at Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Vanderbilt University announced the establishment of the SPIE Faculty Fellowship in Optics and Photonics. The $500,000 gift from the SPIE Endowment Matching Program will be matched 100% by...

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Stronger waterborne petroleum access spared Nashville worst of Colonial Pipeline shutdown shortages

Jun. 19, 2021—Vanderbilt civil and environmental engineers have concluded that cities in Middle and East Tennessee with waterborne access to petroleum products were far less affected by the disruption of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown in May 2021 than other regional markets. The research was conducted as part of a case study on resilience strategies for navigable portions...

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Eight CS majors tackle data science research projects with DSI fellowships

Jun. 16, 2021—Eight computer science majors are among two dozen undergraduates in the 2021 Vanderbilt Data Science Institute summer research program. The undergraduate fellows will engage in 10 weeks of research with their faculty mentor and enhance their data science skills through online workshops led by the data science team with a goal of becoming articulate leaders...

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Engineering grad student co-leads effort to repurpose approved medications

Jun. 14, 2021—Global repositioning campaign targets needs of children and pregnant women Anup Challa, BE ’21, MS ’21, has been tapped to co-lead a team of researchers and patient advocates to identify areas across the world in need of health care for pregnant women and infants. He is the new chair of the Special Populations Coordinating Committee...

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Vanderbilt rocketry team places second in 2021 NASA Student Launch Competition

Jun. 8, 2021—The Vanderbilt Rocket Team placed second in the Launch Division of the 2021 NASA Student Launch Competition, the space agency announced June 4. The team will receive $2,500 from the National Space Club. The Vanderbilt team also won NASA’s Educational Engagement Award for their innovative virtual rocketry workshops for school students. The University of North...

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Gore tapped for prestigious lecture named for MRI co-inventor Lauterbur

Jun. 1, 2021—The relatively brief history of medical MRI is riddled with failed predictions, according to University Professor John Gore, founding director of the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science. Bold statements about the optimal magnetic field and the limits of magnet strength were way off. In 1982 one researcher concluded MRI was useful for imaging the...

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Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond visits Vanderbilt, laying groundwork for future partnership

May. 27, 2021—United States Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond visited Vanderbilt University to learn about the pioneering aerospace engineering projects at the university’s research institutes and trans-institutional programs. The visit also presented areas for collaboration with the newest independent service of the U.S. military. After an introduction by Vice Chancellor for...

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Computer engineering alum was entrepreneur, Vanderbilt supporter

May. 20, 2021—Allen X. Romero, BE’99, an entrepreneur and consultant, died May 16, 2021, as a result of a hit-and-run accident in Great Falls, Virginia. Romero, 43, of McLean, Virginia, was the founder of Hang Local Labs, Inc. in 2011, a mission-based U.S. company engaged in the research, design, development, marketing and sales of the Hang Local...

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