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Vanderbilt initiated startup Zeno Power receives $30M to build the first commercially developed nuclear–powered satellite

Jun. 20, 2023—Zeno Power, a startup initiated through the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, has received a total of $30 million from the U.S. Department of Defense and private investors to develop and build a flight-ready radioisotope-powered satellite by 2025. It is expected to be the first launch of a commercially developed space nuclear system in history. Vanderbilt...

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Multicenter team seeks to create at-home artificial lung system

Feb. 24, 2022—Vanderbilt team to focus on engineering, testing the device by Matt Batcheldor Vanderbilt University Medical Center will share in an $8.7 million federal grant to create an artificial lung system that patients with incurable lung disease can use at home. The Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) grant will fund research to create...

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Vanderbilt-developed gunshot detection technology leads to arrest in Las Vegas shooting

Jan. 10, 2022—Janos Sallai, PhD’08, is company’s chief technology officer Gunshot detection technology developed by Vanderbilt engineers and commercialized by a longtime research partner recently helped lead to an arrest in a fatal shooting in Las Vegas. Within seconds of the first shot in late August 2021, 16 sensors located along the Freemont Street Experience pedestrian mall...

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Biden nominates engineering alum Ashish Vazirani to deputy undersecretary role at Department of Defense

Sep. 28, 2021—Ashish Vazirani, BE ’86, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness at the Department of Defense. Vazirani’s nomination was sent to the Senate Sept. 27. Vazirani is the principal of A2O Strategies LLC where he provides advisory services to commercial and non-profit, high...

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Engineering researchers extend software-development efforts for sustainable microgrids through $2.5 million DoD project

Sep. 16, 2020—Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, is leading a $2.5 million project to develop advanced software to manage microgrids, the relatively small energy systems that rely on local energy generation and storage. This latest effort marks the continuation of an earlier project with the U.S. Department of...

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