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40 Under 40 honoree: ‘Things that make me successful are what I learned between classes’

Mar. 1, 2016—Andrea Yanicky arrived at InfoWorks in 2002 with the ink barely dry on her Vanderbilt University engineering science degree, ready to start her business consulting gig at the then 20-person firm. But by the time she arrived, her gig wasn’t open. Instead, the Nashville firm needed a custom software solution to manage events for a...

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Glencliff High sweeps ASCE bridge competition in 7 out of last 8 years

Mar. 1, 2016—There’s not a lot of drama reflected in little plaques adorning the grand-prize trophy for Nashville’s largest high school-level bridge competition. They show the award has lived at Glencliff High School for five years, then took a brief trip to Montgomery Bell Academy. But when the newest ones are added, they’ll chart the trophy’s journey...

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School launches Emerging Scholars in Engineering Lecture series

Feb. 24, 2016—The Vanderbilt School of Engineering is launching a new lecture series Feb. 29 that will showcase young engineering talent. The intent of the Emerging Scholars in Engineering Lecture series is to showcase young people from underrepresented groups who are nearing completion or who have completed a doctoral degree. “The goal of the Emerging Scholars series is...

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Adams earns Lazan Award for pioneering structural health monitoring technology

Feb. 24, 2016—Douglas Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Professor and Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 B. J. Lazan Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics. Adams will accept the award in June at SEM’s International Congress in Orlando, Florida. Adams is being recognized for pioneering...

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Zelik named NIH Career Development Award Winner; earns grant, mentorship

Feb. 23, 2016—Assistant Professor Karl Zelik is one of three National Institutes of Health K12 Career Development Award winners for 2016 who will be participating in the Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Program. The winners, all early-stage engineering investigators selected because their work has the potential for translational impact, will be mentored by senior clinical scientists in rehabilitation and...

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Abkowitz earns Hochman Lifetime Achievement Award from TRB

Feb. 23, 2016—Mark Abkowitz, a Vanderbilt University professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, recently won the Charles H. Hochman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. In the citation, the board pointed out that Abkowitz had served on the Committee on the...

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Engineering major on NCAA Championship tennis team offers advice for sport, life

Feb. 18, 2016—Maggie Leavell started at Vanderbilt University as a tennis player on an underdog team, going into every match with something to prove. Today, she’s on the 2015 NCAA Championship team, and in some ways, that’s even tougher. “It’s so very surreal,” said Leavell (ES’16). “But it’s something we’ve done a good job of handling. There...

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NROTC’s Lassen balances military training, challenging mechanical engineering major

Feb. 17, 2016—Renee Lassen’s mechanical engineering major demands that she spend hours a day at computers, designing systems and writing code to make those work. But to keep her jam-packed schedule in order, she swears by something positively quaint – a thick, pink paisley day-planner, its pages crammed with her neat, tiny writing. As an engineering third-year...

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