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Autism & Innovation center to help people with ASD find meaningful work

Oct. 16, 2017—A new Vanderbilt center that includes the dean of the School of Engineering aims to create a model pipeline to assist adults on the autism spectrum find meaningful and gainful employment while enhancing local business innovation. The Center for Autism & Innovation (VCAI) brings together academic researchers, educators, employers, philanthropists and community organizers to address one of...

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Sztipanovits co-leads international effort to build social values into the Internet of Things

Oct. 11, 2017—The proliferation of smart devices has jump-started another profound technological transformation and created an opportunity to better marry these cyber physical systems with societal norms to minimize social disruption. That’s the idea behind an ambitious new international, interdisciplinary project to develop and test the concept of incorporating social norms, policies and values into the basic...

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Opening more doors for computer science majors to study around the world

Oct. 10, 2017—A surge in computer science majors has sparked a concerted effort to review more CS programs abroad. “Our CS program is exploding,” said Engineering Associate Dean Cynthia Paschal. “We’ve spent the better part of a year working Isabelle Crist, assistant director of operations in the Vanderbilt’s Global Education Office, on course reviews and program evaluations...

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Engineering school recruits 11 new faculty members

Oct. 9, 2017—The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering announces the appointment of 11 new members to its full-time teaching faculty. They are: Carlos Silvera Batista, assistant professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Joshua Caldwell, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Kelsey Hatzell, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Piran Kidambi, assistant professor, Department of Chemical and...

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Top ExxonMobil exec shares global energy supply, demand projections through 2040

Oct. 7, 2017—One of ExxonMobil’s top global executives provided a packed house of engineering students a front-seat overview of everything from liquefied natural gas to large drivers of projected global energy demand to career advice and algae. Developing economies will move nearly 2 billion additional people into middle class status by 2040, which will drive energy demand,...

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Engineering students, organizations, labs contribute to Maker Faire’s success

Oct. 5, 2017—The Nashville Mini Maker Faire, held for the first time at The Wond’ry, attracted more than 4,000 visitors and 93 exhibitors – a jump in attendance of more than 50 percent and double the maker participation over 2016. At least 25 percent of the exhibits had Vanderbilt ties and many of them involved students, organizations...

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Anilkumar, adviser to four-time rocket launch champions, wins Chancellor’s Cup

Oct. 4, 2017—Amrutur “A.V.” Anilkumar stopped mid-sentence in his fluid mechanics class, as Vanderbilt’s chancellor entered his Featheringill Hall classroom with an entourage of friends, family and colleagues. Anilkumar, professor of the practice of mechanical and aerospace engineering and adviser to Vanderbilt’s four-time NASA Student Launch championship-winning club, soon would learn the purpose of Monday’s visit: to award him the...

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Chambers entrepreneurial speaker stresses customer and clinical validation

Sep. 30, 2017—Ayanna Howard is an internationally known roboticist, holds an endowed chair at Georgia Institute of Technology, and spent 12 years as a senior researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. An innovator with a proven track record, Howard nonetheless knew she had much to learn in making the leap to entrepreneur. And she’s still learning. Howard,...

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