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Adams is 2021 Fellow of the Society for Experimental Mechanics

Nov. 9, 2020—Doug Adams has been elected a 2021 Fellow in the Society for Experimental Mechanics for his outstanding and sustained research, development and commercialization of experimental structural dynamics, nonlinear system identification and structural health monitoring technologies. Adams is the Daniel F. Flowers Professor of Engineering and Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and...

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Potts Scholarship to support STEM students in A&S, School of Engineering

Nov. 6, 2020—David Potts and his wife, Frances Candi Potts, are determined to help others. They recently documented their intent to establish the Potts Scholarship through a bequest gift to provide financial support for undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the College of Arts and Science or the School of Engineering. The road leading to...

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Clarke to receive Kappe Award for contributions to environmental engineering and science

Nov. 5, 2020—James Clarke will received the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists’ Stanley E. Kappe Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in spring 2021. This national award is for “extraordinary and outstanding service contributory to significant advancement of public awareness to the betterment of the total environment and other objectives of the Academy.”...

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Wearable sensor algorithms powered by machine learning could be key to preventing runners’ injuries

Oct. 28, 2020—A trans-institutional team of Vanderbilt engineering, data science and clinical researchers has developed a novel approach for monitoring bone stress in recreational and professional athletes, with the goal of anticipating and preventing injury. Using machine learning and biomechanical modeling techniques, the researchers built multisensory algorithms that combine data from lightweight, low-profile wearable sensors in shoes...

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Former FBI special agent, cybercrime expert has advice on hacking risks—Schmidt Lecture Nov. 19

Oct. 27, 2020—The worldwide cost of cybercrime is expected to reach $6 trillion by 2021, according to CyberSecurity Ventures. The projections were made prior to COVID-19 and according to the FBI, cybercrime has increased 300% since the beginning of the pandemic. During his more than 30 years with the FBI, retired Special Agent Scott Augenbaum responded to...

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Maker class adapts to COVID-19, innovates at the Wond’ry

Oct. 26, 2020—In the COVID-19 era, finding creative ways to solve problems has become more important than ever, especially when it comes to hands-on learning. The director of making at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, has adjusted his class on engineering and immersive design to help students create in all environments while making things that help people....

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Team examines operating limits in solid-state batteries to improve driving range of electric vehicles

Oct. 22, 2020—There is huge momentum toward adoption of battery electric vehicles primarily because performances are meeting or exceeding the properties of traditional automobiles. Consumers want electric vehicles that have similar driving range (energy density) and charging styles and times (power density) to gasoline powered vehicles. “One pathway to improving the energy density of the battery, or...

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Climate adaptation is a necessity and no longer an option

Oct. 19, 2020—This opinion piece by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Mark Abkowitz originally appeared in The Hill, an American news website based in Washington, D.C. focused on politics, policy, business and international relations. Professor Abkowitz chairs a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Extreme Weather and Climate Change Adaptation. Wildfires, inland and coastal flooding, heat waves,...

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