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Alumna steers Acumen to home solar investment in remote global locations

Jul. 16, 2018—A Vanderbilt engineering graduate is leading Acumen’s efforts to provide citizens of developing countries access to energy with low-cost home solar projects. “Around the world, 1.1 billion people live without energy access. One in seven people don’t have access to lights at night,” said Leslie Labruto, BE’11, who is taking skills she honed at the Clinton...

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Doug Schmidt named associate provost for research development and technologies

Jul. 12, 2018—Doug Schmidt (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt) Research technology expert and computer scientist Douglas C. Schmidt has been appointed associate provost for research development and technologies by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. Schmidt will work with faculty and leaders across campus to enhance Vanderbilt’s efforts to support and advance research technologies applied by...

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Vanderbilt engineer to participate in NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Jul. 11, 2018—A Vanderbilt University engineering professor has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s 24th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium Sept. 5-7 in Lexington, Mass. Brett Byram, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is one of 84 engineering researchers chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants – ages 35 to 45...

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The ‘shine’ in gold particles has a new use – finding defects

Jul. 11, 2018—That glint of gold has always captured our eyes, but now the precious metal has a new use – finding defects in 3D printing. Vanderbilt researchers have developed a technique for gold to actually ‘shine’ inside 3D printed parts to highlight any problems. “This is one of the first applications using gold for defect detection....

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Nissan values fresh eyes on assembly plant design challenges

Jul. 10, 2018—For more than five years, Nissan North America has sponsored engineering senior design projects share the goal of improving safety, workflow and efficiency its assembly plant in Smyrna, TN. Mark Larson, the manager for Nissan’s Integrated Factory Automation Engineering, welcomes fresh eyes on a problem each year. “Having folks with no experience in an automotive...

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Mechanical engineering student dives into conservation with Seychelles internship

Jul. 9, 2018—Jillian Bremner is steering beyond her academic focus this summer to explore her passions for scuba diving and ocean conservation, with the aim of eventually combining engineering with a marine career. A rising junior mechanical engineering major from Colorado, Bremner is spending eight weeks volunteering for Global Vision International (GVI) on the island of Mahe...

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NSF I-Corps program gives boost to commercializing prosthetic ankle

Jul. 9, 2018—The first team to finish the National Science Foundation’s National Innovation Corps program from Vanderbilt University’s new I-Corps site is planning to take its smart prosthetic ankle to market. Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, graduate student Harrison Bartlett and postdoctoral scholar Brian Lawson...

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Oak Ridge and Vanderbilt come together to explore cellular processes

Jul. 6, 2018—Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are combining their expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computation to explore transformative, interdisciplinary ways to study complex cellular processes to tackle some of the most pressing problems in biology. “ORNL and Vanderbilt researchers have complementary strengths,” said Padma Raghavan, vice...

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