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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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Vanderbilt civil engineer to design tech-driven decision-making and disaster response tools for Houston-area food banks

Apr. 2, 2021—Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a co-principal investigator on a project that will develop and deploy tools to intelligently aid in disaster preparation, response and recovery. The project is centered in Harris County, Texas—a region that suffered through this year’s winter storms and associated public health emergencies—and includes the Houston...

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U.S. Army Corps structural engineer and grad student honored as 2021 technology leader

Mar. 31, 2021—Structural engineer and Vanderbilt civil engineering Ph.D. student Gbandi Nikabou received a Modern-Day Technology Leader award in February during the 35th Black Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony hosted virtually from Detroit, Michigan. Nikabou, who works in the Civil Design Branch’s structural section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, also is working toward his...

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How to build a tiny home: Expert advice from civil engineering grad Sean Ticknor

Feb. 17, 2021—For Sean Ticknor, BE’99, the light-bulb moment came in 2016. That’s when he realized that his sons, now 13 and 16, would never have the opportunity to take a shop class—and that most schools in his San Francisco Bay area took a one-size-fits-all approach in directing students to college, but no other paths. “College is...

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