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Engineer student changes plans after winning art award

May. 5, 2008—When Noah Walcutt arrived at Vanderbilt to study engineering, he had little or no interest in art. But a chance decision to take an elective course in sculpture led him to create an award-winning design melding his engineering skills, musical interests and new-found artistic creativity into a project that has changed the course of his...

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Two engineering students selected as 2008 Goldwater Scholars

May. 1, 2008—Sesha Pinnaduwage and Arunan Skandarajah have been selected Goldwater Scholars for the 2008-09 academic year. Each will receive a two-year scholarship worth $7,500 a year for educational expenses. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Competition for the award is fierce: ...

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Managing risk in an increasingly hazardous world

May. 1, 2008—  If you have a nagging feeling that life is getting increasingly hazardous, you may be interested in the new book, “Operational Risk Management,” by Mark D. Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering. The book contains 15 case studies of major disasters, including September 11, Hurricane Katrina and the losses of the Challenger and...

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Alumni Civil and Environmental Engineering News Research


Fitzpatrick elected SPIE Fellow

May. 1, 2008—Professor J. Michael Fitzpatrick, EECS, is among this year’s 72 new Fellows of the Society honored by SPIE. Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement, for their service to the general optics community,...

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ME student wins first place in ASME Old Guard regional contest

Apr. 28, 2008—Senior Nathan Grady, mechanical engineering, has won first place in the ASME Old Guard regional oral competition. The Old Guard competition held at the ASME student conference in Florida last weekend, allows students to make oral presentations on their undergraduate design projects or research. Grady’s presentation is entitled “Design of a UV Raman System for...

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Alumni Mechanical Engineering News


Experience counts for engineering seniors and their clients

Apr. 22, 2008—Engineering seniors have spent two semesters tackling design challenges from actual corporations with real design needs. The results of their design projects will be featured at Senior Design Day 2008, an annual event at the School of Engineering, set for Tuesday, April 22, from 3-5 p.m. in Featheringill Hall. Sponsors this year include Nissan, Square...

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Faculty join group to research and fight climate change

Apr. 15, 2008—James Clarke, CE, and Douglas Fisher, EECS, are members of a diverse group of experts at Vanderbilt University who have created the Climate Change Research Network. The network combines researchers from areas of earth and environmental sciences, political science, law, engineering, business, management, economics and nursing to investigate one of the most important and most...

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VU engineering school names new chemical engineering department chair

Apr. 1, 2008—Peter N. Pintauro has been named chair of the chemical engineering department at Vanderbilt University. Pintauro, presently the Kent Hale Smith Professor of Engineering and chair of the chemical engineering department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, was selected after a yearlong national search. Pintauro, who has won numerous awards for teaching and...

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