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Taha receives NSF Early CAREER Award to identify network vulnerabilities and failures

Apr. 15, 2022—Ahmad F. Taha, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for fundamental research in new approaches to network sensors and controllers scheduling. His CAREER project, “Scheduling Driving Sensing and Control Nodes in Nonlinear Networks with Applications to Fuel-Free Energy Systems,” offers a novel framework for the exploration of...

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Civil engineering alumna is 92 with no plans to retire from MoDOT

Mar. 18, 2022—Editor’s note: This article is a compilation of an interview with Vanderbilt Engineering Communications and an NPR story by Kayla Drake, parts of which are republished with permission, that aired March 4, 2022, on St. Louis on the Air, KWMU St. Louis Public Radio. The Missouri Department of Transportation took a chance on Shirley Norris 45 years...

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Engineering alumna and venture philanthropy specialist to lead new Marshall Impact Accelerator at London School of Economics

Mar. 4, 2022—The Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics has announced that venture philanthropy and investment specialist Leslie Labruto will be director of its newly launched Marshall Impact Accelerator, a first-of-its-kind new launching ground for innovative social ventures. The new director’s immediate focus is on building the Accelerator’s strategy before it operationalizes later this year....

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Paul Harrawood, Emeritus Dean of Engineering, has died

Oct. 8, 2021—School of Engineering Dean, Emeritus, Paul Harrawood, 93, died Oct. 3, 2021, in Lexington, Virginia. Harrawood joined the Vanderbilt engineering faculty as an associate professor of civil engineering in 1967. He served as director of the engineering science division from 1967 to 1971, and he served as acting dean in 1970-1971. He was dean of the...

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Tennessee flash floods are an example of climate change impacts to come

Aug. 25, 2021—The historic rain and flash flooding that swept central Tennessee on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, devastated the small city of Waverly, about 60 miles west of Nashville. A flash flood watch issued Friday quickly became a “flash flood emergency” Saturday. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Humphreys County officials said 20 people died and all those missing had been accounted...

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Civil engineering students watch east Towers tumble to rubble

Aug. 2, 2021—Four civil engineering students and their professor were guests of Layton Construction to view the July 31 mechanical demolition of Vanderbilt’s 14-story Carmichael Towers East residence halls from one of the company’s set locations. The implosion process on Nashville’s West End Avenue was overseen by Layton Construction LLC and by Controlled Demolition Inc. (CDI), a national leader...

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Engineering marvel may save Venice; Parker Lecture is April 23

Apr. 19, 2021—Venice is a city made up of about 100 islands within a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. The Italian floating city is sinking. Between 1950 and 1970, Venice sank almost 5 inches and continues to sink by about one-fifth of an inch each year. In 2019, Venice suffered severe flooding from an extremely high tide,...

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NREL internship shapes student’s interest in building sciences

Apr. 8, 2021—Before the start of her sophomore year, Kristi Maisha joined other Vanderbilt students and faculty on a trip to Sterling Ranch, a mixed-use development south of Denver. The trip included a tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in nearby Golden, Co., hosted by a civil engineering alumna who is an NREL research scientist. Kim...

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