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New PhDs’ work will fuel advancements in industry, medicine, academia

Apr. 21, 2020—Concerns about the novel coronavirus changed much on campus this spring, including how some doctoral candidates presented their research. But dissertation defenses proceeded, some of them virtually, maintaining the vital responsibility of a major research university to evaluate the work of Ph.D. candidates before they move on to their next posts. In fact, the impressive...

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Biophotonics researchers 3D print masks that accommodate filter changing

Apr. 14, 2020—Two 3D printers at the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center are running around-the-clock, printing protective masks rather than their usual task—prototyping components for custom optical instruments that can cost millions of dollars. Researchers program the printers from the Vanderbilt-networked laptops they have at home. Bryan Millis, a research assistant professor in the biophotonics center, collects the printed...

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Five engineering students appointed to 2020 graduating student committee

Apr. 14, 2020—A new advisory group composed of 22 students from the Class of 2020 will provide feedback and engage in planning their postponed Commencement ceremony and related events that will now take place in May 2021. The extraordinary action of delaying this year’s Commencement events, originally scheduled for May 6–8, was announced in order to protect...

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Audrey Bowden is inaugural faculty head of Nicholas S. Zeppos College

Apr. 13, 2020—Audrey Bowden will be the inaugural faculty head of the Nicholas S. Zeppos College, set to open this August to sophomores, juniors and seniors. On April 13, 2020, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Residential Faculty Vanessa Beasley announced the appointment, which begins fall semester. “We look forward to the day when Vanderbilt’s residential colleges—so firmly...

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Engineering alum leads DENSO’s effort to donate face shields to Tennessee hospitals

Apr. 13, 2020—In mid-March, as automakers across the world slowed production of vehicles due to the coronavirus crisis, Britt Autry, BE’92, and other executives at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc., in Maryville came together to chart a course for their employees and their plant operations. “Through that discussion, we started to think about what social contribution we could...

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Engineering seniors see numerous options after 2020 graduation

Apr. 13, 2020—School’s online master’s programs offer alternative  Vanderbilt engineering seniors entering a job market amid a 2020 global pandemic have strong allies in the university’s career center, the school and engineering alumni. “We see that employers are choosing either a wait-and-watch stance or creating remote working options for engineering students with job offers,” said Camila Stringfellow,...

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Twelve engineering students awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Apr. 9, 2020—Nine engineering doctoral students have been awarded a prestigious government-funded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Three engineering undergraduate students also have received NSF fellowships NSF Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees for a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering,...

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Humans could run 50% faster with bicycle-inspired exoskeleton

Apr. 8, 2020—Runners could soon keep up with cyclists, thanks to a new invention from a team of mechanical engineers at Vanderbilt. The invention, an exoskeleton worn on the legs, would bring cycling mechanics to the human body and enable people to run nearly 1.5 times as fast — approaching top cycling speeds. The study with the...

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