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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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GHP co-founder, distinguished alumnus Steve Hays dies

Sep. 29, 2017—Steve Hays, the co-founder of Nashville-based Gobbell Hays Partners Environmental + Architecture, died Sept. 27 after an extended illness. He was 66. Hays, considered a national expert on asbestos-removal issues, was chairman emeritus of the company he co-founded with Ron Gobbell. GHP is 14th-biggest architectural firm in Nashville, according to Nashville Business Journal research.  ...

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Vanderbilt rises to No. 10 in Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Innovative Universities

Sep. 28, 2017—Vanderbilt University has been named the 10th most innovative university in the world, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of 100 educational institutions around the world doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries. The ranking is based on a number of indicators, including patent filings and research...

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Cynthia Reinhart-King named Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow

Sep. 27, 2017—Cynthia Reinhart-King, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering, is a member of the 2017 Class of Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society. The BMES is the premier society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering professionals with more than 7,000 members. This year’s class includes 20 members nominated by their peers. Reinhart-King is...

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Wiernicki recognized by Massachusetts academy for maritime industry service

Sep. 26, 2017—Christopher J. Wiernicki, one of the newest members of the School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni and chairman, president and CEO of ABS, has added another honor to a long list of achievements. He received the Maritime Person of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on September 21. Wiernicki (BE ’80) was...

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Computer science master’s degree in top 50 ranking

Sep. 26, 2017—Best Computer Science Schools has announced its ranking of the 50 Best Master’s in Computer Science Degrees for 2017. Vanderbilt’s computer science master’s degree is ranked No. 42. Best Computer Science Schools developed its ranking by aggregating data from Payscale, U.S. News and World Report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as information from...

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Prominent builder, distinguished alumnus Hall Hardaway Jr. dies at 84

Sep. 22, 2017—School of Engineering distinguished alumnus L. Hall Hardaway Jr., chairman of the board of Hardaway Construction Corporation, died Sept. 20, 2017, in Nashville. He was 84. Hardaway graduated from the School of Engineering in 1957 with a degree in civil engineering. He began working as a field superintendent with Hardaway Construction, the firm his father...

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