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Spring 2021 Board of Visitors meeting is business and ceremony

Mar. 26, 2021—The 2021 spring School of Engineering Board of Visitors virtual meeting was not all business. The March 24 event included the introduction of a new Triple ‘Dore member, a ceremony to induct three new members to the Academy of Distinguished Alumni and a Distinguished Friend of the School—all women, and an appearance and chat with...

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Engineering school announces 2021 alumnae honorees, distinguished friend

Mar. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt engineering alumni Sheryll D. Cashin, Jennifer Rose Frist and Cathy Jo Thompson Linn have been named Distinguished Alumni and Courtney Clark Pastrick has been named a Distinguished Friend of the School of Engineering. They will be inducted into the school’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni and celebrated at the Board of Visitors virtual meeting Wednesday,...

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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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Engineering school announces 2020 alumni honorees, distinguished friend

Sep. 11, 2020—Vanderbilt engineering alumni Robert D. Finfrock Jr. and James L. Johnson Jr. have been named Distinguished Alumni and Professor Eugene LeBoeuf has been named a Distinguished Friend of the School of Engineering. They will be celebrated at the school’s Board of Visitors virtual meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. A March ceremony honoring the 2020 members...

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Distinguished alumnus George Trabue was Eastman Chemical leader

Aug. 13, 2019—Vanderbilt School of Engineering distinguished alumnus George O’Bryan Trabue Jr., 86, died Aug. 10, 2019, in Kingsport, Tennessee. Trabue received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1955. He went on to do postgraduate work at the London School of Economics. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps as a Rifle...

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Distinguished alumnus, Vanderbilt Motorsports supporter Joe Dorris dies at 76

Jul. 17, 2019—A dedicated Vanderbilt Motorsports supporter and School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Joe M. Dorris, 76, died July 16, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama. Dorris received a BE degree in electrical engineering from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in 1965. He earned a MBA degree from the University of Memphis in 1970. After graduation from Vanderbilt,...

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Engineering school announces 2019 alumni honorees, distinguished friend

Mar. 5, 2019—Vanderbilt engineering alumni Joseph Flowers, Sally Hopkins, Richard Schroeder and Cynthia Warner will be inducted into the School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at a special event in March. Jaret Riddick will be inducted as a member of the school’s Circle of Distinguished Friends. “The newest members of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni and...

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Civil rights pioneer, star Commodore, engineering alumnus Perry Wallace remembered

Dec. 4, 2017—Perry Wallace, BE’70, the Vanderbilt University student-athlete who integrated Southeastern Conference varsity basketball, died Dec. 1. He was 69. “Vanderbilt, the sports world, and the entire country lost a civil rights icon today. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Perry Wallace, who through quiet strength and courage blazed a trail that still serves...

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