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Top ExxonMobil exec shares global energy supply, demand projections through 2040

Oct. 7, 2017—One of ExxonMobil’s top global executives provided a packed house of engineering students a front-seat overview of everything from liquefied natural gas to large drivers of projected global energy demand to career advice and algae. Developing economies will move nearly 2 billion additional people into middle class status by 2040, which will drive energy demand,...

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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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Grand Stair dedicated in honor of alumni Ed and Sue Clark

May. 4, 2017—The striking spiral staircase inside Vanderbilt University’s Engineering and Science Building was dedicated April 28 in honor of alumni and longtime university supporters Sue, BA’77, and G. Edmond “Ed” Clark, BE’76. The dedication ceremony recognized the Clarks’ contribution to the building’s architectural focal point. The Ed and Sue Clark Grand Stair circles through four levels...

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NSF recognizes double ME alum with Waterman Award

Apr. 20, 2017—An Engineering School alumnus with notable Vanderbilt academic and football careers has received one of the nation’s most distinguished awards for young researchers in science and engineering. The National Science Foundation has named Baratunde “Bara” A. Cola a recipient of the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award, which recognizes outstanding researchers age 35 and under in...

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Chemical engineering alumna receives Li Foundation Heritage Prize

Feb. 4, 2016—Chemical engineering alumna Song Li (PhD’14) has been awarded the 2015-2016 Li Foundation Heritage Prize. Li is an associate professor in the Department of Energy and Power Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Hubei, China. The Heritage Prize is the Foundation’s top award and it is valued at $40,000. It is given...

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Corvettes rev hands-on approach to automotive engineering at GM Ride & Drive

Sep. 28, 2015—  Three gleaming, new Corvette convertibles – Torch Red, Arctic White and Laguna Blue – are in a nose-to-tail line at 10 a.m. on a sunny Friday waiting for Vanderbilt drivers. Along with the Vettes, a fleet of 19 other General Motors vehicles from all four of its U.S. brands, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC,...

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Vanderbilt alum, retired CIA chief tech officer talks wearables

Feb. 27, 2015—A Vanderbilt engineering graduate who retired from the CIA discussed recently what wearable technology can do — including hand valuable information about users to hackers. A clip of Ira “Gus” Hunt appeared in a Fox News investigative piece on devices such as Fitbit and Jawbone, which people use to improve their health. The news report...

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Pioneer in online computing, emeritus professor Bill Rowan Jr. dies

Jan. 8, 2015—William (Bill) H. Rowan Jr., 81, died Jan. 6, 2015. Rowan’s ties to Vanderbilt run deep and wide – as an alumnus, as a faculty member, as an alumni volunteer, and as a donor. Rowan (BE ’55, Professor Emeritus) joined the engineering faculty in 1964 and became the first department chair of computer science.  A...

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