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Revamped civil engineering curriculum ignites students’ passions

Nov. 3, 2019—Nathan Miller, an engineering senior from Indianapolis, arrived at Vanderbilt in August 2016 thinking he would major in chemical engineering. Like all first-year students, he selected three eight-week modules that introduce different disciplines within engineering. He took chemical, civil and mechanical engineering. The first day of the civil engineering module—students were to design and 3D-print...

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Alert system for failing nuclear plant pipes uses thin films and sound vibrations

Oct. 24, 2019—A failing pipe can be tough to spot. It may cause a puddle, produce another sign of damage, or simply burst before detection. A flooded kitchen or laundry room is messy and inconvenient, but the stakes are much, much higher in nuclear power plants – which on average contain many miles of pipeline. As concern...

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Soldiers partner with Vanderbilt engineers to create a new model for innovation

Oct. 12, 2019—GPS, duct tape, microwaves and computers—these everyday items have one thing in common:  Each invented, in part or in whole, as the result of U.S. military research. The military’s rich history of innovation continues today at numerous labs and engineering centers. There is a gap, however. There are myriad problems at the warfighter level that...

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Vanderbilt joins 40 academic partners to create, deploy robotic technology in critical manufacturing sectors

Apr. 25, 2017—Vanderbilt University is one of 40 academic partners in a new robotics manufacturing institute in Pittsburgh that will be funded with $80 million from the Department of Defense and $173 million in matching funds from more than 200 participating partners, including companies, local governments, academic and nonprofit organizations. The Defense Department awarded the contract to...

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Mood ring materials: a new way to detect damage in failing infrastructure

Nov. 22, 2016—“Mood ring materials” could play an important role in minimizing and mitigating damage to the nation’s failing infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers has estimated that more than $3.6 trillion in investment is needed by 2020 to rehabilitate and modernize the nation’s failing infrastructure. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to establish a $1 trillion...

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Three engineering faculty named to Vanderbilt’s new research council

Nov. 8, 2016—  (Vanderbilt University)   Provost Susan R. Wente (Vanderbilt University) Three engineering faculty members join 15 faculty from colleges and schools named to the inaugural Vanderbilt University Research Council by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. The engineering faculty members are Doug Adams, Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and...

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Congressional staff visits include Vanderbilt engineering labs

Sep. 9, 2016—Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nilanjan Sarkar (center), accompanied by Ph.D. students Dayi Bian (second from right) and Jian Fan (far right), shows Kayla McMurry (far left) and Mackensie Burt (second from left) from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s staff the simulator that he developed with researchers at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to help teenagers with autism learn...

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LASIR is key part of new manufacturing hub announced by Obama

Jan. 9, 2015—Vanderbilt research will help shape the future of American manufacturing A cutting-edge Vanderbilt lab that studies how materials, structures and machines operate under real-world conditions will play a key part in the new multistate, $259 million Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) to be announced today by President Obama. An application to the Department...

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