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Two engineering grads are 2018 alumni honorees

Jun. 5, 2018—Two engineering graduates are recipients of 2018 alumni awards. Kimberly Bryant, electrical engineering, BE’89, and Krista Donaldson, mechanical engineering, BE’95, will be honored by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Oct. 11 during Reunion/Homecoming weekend. “The honorees include alumni who are recognized around the world for their professional achievements, their services to communities at home and abroad,...

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New TIPs efforts in geospatial research and heritage preservation tap engineering faculty

May. 30, 2018—Engineering faculty members will play key roles in two new university-wide interdisciplinary initiatives as well as help develop a Vanderbilt University institute of data science. The efforts are among the newest round of grants made through the $50 million Trans-Institutional Programs initiative, now in its fourth year. In all, seven interdisciplinary projects involving more than...

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Sarkar named chair of mechanical engineering department

May. 30, 2018—Nilanjan Sarkar has been named chair of the mechanical engineering department at Vanderbilt University. Sarkar is a professor of mechanical engineering and computer engineering. He is recognized as an expert in robotics, including developing robotic and computer technology that can aid individuals with disabilities. Sarkar succeeds Professor Robert Pitz who remains a faculty member. Pitz...

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3D printed arm bones could aid in surgery planning, surgeon training

May. 30, 2018—Orthopaedic surgeons typically look at X-ray or CT images of a broken arm bone and hold up an old-school ruler to confirm the best plate type and size for repair. But the process is not always that easy, especially in cases involving complex fractures. And without years of experience to inform their estimates, young surgeons...

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New method to fashion cheap, small carbon nanotubes ‘could change the world,’ Pint says

May. 24, 2018—Imagine a box you plug into the wall that cleans your toxic air and pays you cash. That’s essentially what Vanderbilt University researchers produced after discovering the blueprint for turning the carbon dioxide into the most valuable material ever sold – carbon nanotubes with small diameters. Carbon nanotubes are supermaterials that can be stronger than...

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Sztipanovits named John von Neumann Professor in Hungary

May. 23, 2018—Janos Sztipanovits, a leader in cyber-physical systems research, has been named the John von Neumann Professor by Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the John von Neumann Computer Society of Hungary. Sztipanovits, E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering and founding director of the Vanderbilt University Institute for Software Integrated Systems, will receive the...

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Vanderbilt wins NASA rocketry championship for fifth time

May. 11, 2018—The Vanderbilt Student Launch team won the NASA University Student Launch Competition for an unprecedented fifth time—following up on their eighth Payload Design Award—the space agency announced today. Vanderbilt returned to its winning ways after having placed second overall last year, following a string of four championships 2013-2016. University of North Carolina-Charlotte, University of Louisville,...

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Outstanding graduates recognized at 2018 Commencement Reception

May. 10, 2018—Awards and honors were presented by Dean Philippe Fauchet May 10, 2018, to seniors at the School of Engineering’s annual Commencement Reception. Crystal Marie Loehman, from Downers Grove, Illinois, is the recipient of the 2018 Founder’s Medal for the School of Engineering. She graduated May 11 with a bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering with...

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