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Engineering grad students attend COP26, present their work on NSF-supported project

Feb. 8, 2022—Two engineering graduate students and 14 undergraduate students represented Vanderbilt University 3,923 miles away in Glasgow, Scotland, as official delegates to the United Nations international climate change negotiations—dubbed COP26. The extraordinary opportunity was facilitated by Leah Dundon, director of the Vanderbilt Climate Change Initiative and research assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dundon secured for Vanderbilt official United...

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CEE professors named to Transportation Research Board committees

Nov. 10, 2020—Two civil engineering faculty members have been named to key positions on committees of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, has been appointed chair of the committee on Extreme Weather and Climate Change...

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Climate adaptation is a necessity and no longer an option

Oct. 19, 2020—This opinion piece by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Mark Abkowitz originally appeared in The Hill, an American news website based in Washington, D.C. focused on politics, policy, business and international relations. Professor Abkowitz chairs a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Extreme Weather and Climate Change Adaptation. Wildfires, inland and coastal flooding, heat waves,...

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MoveVU travels on with $8.4M to help reduce traffic jams near campus, improve city air quality

Aug. 5, 2020—Campus Perimeter ‘Walk and Roll Loop’ (Mark Abkowitz/Vanderbilt University) Based on the success of the MoveVU sustainable transportation program, launched in 2018, Vanderbilt University has received an additional $8.4 million to scale up its activities. The additional money is being funded equally by the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement...

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Vanderbilt University receives $4.5M grant, will match to help fund MoveVU mobility plan

Nov. 6, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (pictured) and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced a $4.5 million CMAQ grant, which the university will match, at the FutureVU Mobility Expo Nov. 6 at the Wond’ry. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) MoveVU, Vanderbilt University’s developing mobility strategy for faculty, staff and students, has received a major boost from a $4.5...

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Vanderbilt School of Engineering offers new master of risk, reliability, and resilience engineering

Jan. 26, 2018—A new master’s degree from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering will prepare students to meet increasing workforce needs in risk, reliability and resilience engineering. The Risk, Reliability, and Resilience (RRR) Engineering professional master’s degree program is expected to be of great interest. Companies have been asking whether the School of Engineering has such a program...

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Vanderbilt engineer: Rethinking where/if to rebuild after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey

Sep. 14, 2017—Media Note: Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio. The studio is free for Vanderbilt experts, other than reserving fiber time. More information » Though our natural instinct is to put everything back exactly where it was before a disaster, Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Center...

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Fourth environmental engineering professor is certified by U.S. academy

Sep. 29, 2015—Mark Abkowitz is the fourth Vanderbilt environmental engineering faculty member in three years to be accepted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a board certified environmental engineering member. Abkowitz, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of engineering management, and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies (VCEMS),...

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