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Alumni cybersecurity startup receives new grants, accolades

Dec. 13, 2021—Alumni-founded ARMS Cyber recently earned a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the U.S. Air Force and the grand prize in a tech startup competition hosted by VetsinTech and JPMorgan Chase. ARMS Cyber is a cybersecurity company that proactively eliminates zero-day attacks, which target software security vulnerabilities before developers have the opportunity to patch them. Brad Potteiger, MS’16, PhD’19, Tim Potteiger, MS’17, and Michael Bryant, MBA’12, are the co-founders. The one-year Phase II STTR grant...

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VU engineering alumnus named 2023 Schwarzman Scholar

Dec. 10, 2021—Aaron Niederman, BS’20, has been named to the 2023 class of Schwarzman Scholars. He is one of 151 scholars chosen from more than 3,000 applicants representing 33 countries and 106 universities. The Schwarzman Scholars Program, among the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships, brings together the best minds from around the world to study the economic,...

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John Hall, devoted Vanderbilt alumnus and trustee emeritus, has died

Dec. 3, 2021—John R. Hall, BE’55, a champion for education and trustee emeritus whose deep devotion to Vanderbilt earned him the nickname “Kentucky Commodore,” died Nov. 25 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was 88 years old. Hall’s accomplishments at Vanderbilt began on the Commodores football team as the university’s first Academic All-American and continued throughout his lifetime, including...

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EE student connects with The Wond’ry in designing African language app to connect with native roots

Dec. 2, 2021—During his winter break in 2020, sophomore engineering student Wenitte Apiou was struck with an idea that stemmed from his native African roots. In Burkina Faso, West Africa, where Apiou grew up, the national language is French. After moving to the U.S., Apiou realized he hadn’t had the opportunity to learn his family’s native languages,...

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Engineering Professor Yaqiong Xu was a gifted scholar and devoted mentor

Dec. 2, 2021—Yaqiong Xu, associate professor of electrical engineering and physics, has died after a long-term illness. She died Oct. 30 in China, where she had returned to be with her family. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the School of Engineering’s Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium, Featheringill...

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Vanderbilt engineer leads DARPA project to enable AI machines to gain, share knowledge

Dec. 2, 2021—Kolouri wins $1M DARPA grant to investigate AI cooperative lifelong learning A Vanderbilt engineering professor is leading part of an international initiative to create advanced artificial intelligence programs that will enable machines to learn progressively over a lifetime and share those experiences with each other. Researchers hope the technology will allow machines to reuse information,...

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Vanderbilt engineers’ Science paper reviews scope of atomically thin membranes for subatomic separations

Dec. 1, 2021—A paper by Vanderbilt engineers that explores the scope to scale up the sizes of atomically thin membranes and their potential use in applications relating to energy, microscopy, and electronics is published in the journal Science. Authors Piran R. Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Pavan Chaturvedi, postdoctoral scholar in the Department of...

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New study reveals breakthrough tool to show how much exoskeletons reduce back injury risk

Nov. 30, 2021—A study led by researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology reveals a breakthrough tool to assess the effect of exoskeletons on injury risk. The tool, called Exo-LiFFT, is an interactive calculator that will help companies looking for ways to overcome workforces struggling with musculoskeletal injuries, missed work, and accelerated retirement...

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