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Vanderbilt engineers to train neural networks and enhance Chattanooga transit system

Oct. 12, 2018—  Chattanooga is the test city for new Department of Energy-funded project that leverages expertise of Vanderbilt engineers and widespread availability of 1-gigabyte Internet connection to revolutionize energy efficiency of transit providers. Advancements in data sensors, data collection and machine learning will fuel the project, which aims to optimize schedules of bus routes, decrease stop-and-go...

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Quantum mechanics work lets oil industry know promise of recovery experiments before they start

Sep. 28, 2018—Sokrates Pantelides (Joe Howell / Vanderbilt University) With their current approach, energy companies can extract about 35 percent of the oil in each well. Every 1 percent above that, compounded across thousands of wells, can mean billions of dollars in additional revenue for the companies and supply for consumers. Extra oil can be pushed out...

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Grad student wins first place in DOE nuclear R&D competition

Jun. 8, 2018—Brandon Chisholm, a doctoral student in environmental engineering, has received a first place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Innovations in Nuclear Technology Research and Development competition. Chisholm’s award is in the energy policy category, and his award-winning research paper, “Preliminary Risk Assessment of a Generalized Molten Salt Reactor Off-Gas System,” was presented...

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DOE renews $15 million contract for nuclear waste cleanup and management expertise

Apr. 10, 2018—Vanderbilt will continue its leading role in a multi-university consortium of engineers and scientists that advises the U.S. Department of Energy on the best ways to clean up nuclear production sites and safest methods for nuclear waste disposal. DOE recently renewed its cooperative agreement with the university to manage CRESP – The Consortium for Risk...

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Young Lab part of $10.7 million DOE-funded study of diatoms for next-gen biofuels

Jan. 20, 2018—Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a microscopic, single-celled algae with outsized potential. It is a leading contender to improve sustainable production of biodiesel and other products using seawater and carbon dioxide as raw materials. It captures and stores energy from light, grows quickly and contains a high proportion of lipids, which provide essential oils to much of...

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DOE official and Engineering alumna designing nuclear cleanup curriculum

Nov. 14, 2017—A legacy that dates to the Manhattan Project left 107 U.S. sites where energy research and weapons production created conditions that require specialized cleanup. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which oversees these locations, has made much progress, but plenty of complex, expensive work remains. Sue Cange, who has three decades of experience in federal...

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Vanderbilt School of Engineering, partners awarded $3.5 million from ARPA-E for transformational energy technology

Nov. 25, 2015—  (iStock) A new $3.5 million award from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will support Vanderbilt University School of Engineering researchers’ efforts to create software that can control the Smart Grid – a decentralized power system that is more efficient, sustainable and reliable than America’s current electrical power delivery.   Gabor Karsai...

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Vanderbilt team examines human factors in nuclear power plant operations

Nov. 10, 2014—The team studying ways to help nuclear power plant operators improve work performance and safety includes, from left, Julie Adams, Ph.D., Shilo Anders, Ph.D., Sankaran Mahadevan, Ph.D., and Matthew Weinger, M.D. Not pictured is Dan France, Ph.D., MPH. (photo by Anne Rayner) A multidisciplinary Vanderbilt team with deep experience in improving patient safety and technology...

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