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Student vs. faculty trivia challenge marks E-Week

Feb. 22, 2021—With COVID-19 protocols, Engineering Week 2021 looks different from prior years but retains its signature combination of events for fun, enlightenment and career planning. The lineup features trivia contests, gear giveaways, public school outreach, game nights and more. Undergraduate engineering students started the week Monday by getting new professional photos taken and getting career-building ideas...

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How to build a tiny home: Expert advice from civil engineering grad Sean Ticknor

Feb. 17, 2021—For Sean Ticknor, BE’99, the light-bulb moment came in 2016. That’s when he realized that his sons, now 13 and 16, would never have the opportunity to take a shop class—and that most schools in his San Francisco Bay area took a one-size-fits-all approach in directing students to college, but no other paths. “College is...

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New $2 million NIH grant advances less invasive procedure for TLE

Feb. 16, 2021—A Vanderbilt research team has received a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to further develop a needle-size robotic surgery system with real-time MRI guidance for drug resistant temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Such a procedure has the potential to reduce or eliminate seizures using a minimally invasive approach over the current standard of care,...

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Drug development under way with discovery of how to treat heart attack

Feb. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have identified the protein receptor in specialized heart cells that, when removed, preserves cardiac function after a heart attack. This discovery has significant implications for survival after a heart attack, with a promising therapeutic development now underway at the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery. The research was led by David Merryman, a...

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Gift from engineering PhD alumnus funds new EECS graduate student awards

Feb. 15, 2021—Starting this year, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will award three best paper prizes and $5,000 each to the winning graduate students, thanks to a gift from a School of Engineering alumnus and his wife. The awards program has been created by a gift from May Juan Chen, BA’68, and Chun Fu...

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Engineering Senior Associate Dean Paschal is 2021 AIMBE Fellow

Feb. 15, 2021—Senior Associate Dean and Biomedical Engineering Professor Cynthia B. Paschal has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows. Dr. Paschal will be inducted during AIMBE’s Annual Event on March 26 along with 174 colleagues who make up the Fellow Class of 2021. The AIMBE College of Fellows is...

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ChBE alumna honored with major Department of Energy award

Feb. 13, 2021—Krista Walton, PhD’05, has received a 2020 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in honor of her contributions to the fields of atomic, molecular and chemical sciences. Walton is the associate dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. She is considered a pioneer in her field, which involves interdisciplinary research that...

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Marine engineering leader, Vanderbilt alum elected to NAE

Feb. 11, 2021—Christopher J. Wiernicki (BE’80) has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for innovative leadership in the design, engineering, and operation of ships and offshore structures. Wiernicki is chairman, president and CEO of ABS and chairman of the ABS Group of Companies, Inc. He previously served as chairman of the International Association of...

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