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Mechanical Engineering Professor Emeritus George Hahn dies

Jun. 8, 2022—George Thomas Hahn, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, died June 7, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. Funeral services will be held June 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Micah. The service will be streamed online. Hahn served the Vanderbilt School of Engineering for 18 years with distinction until his retirement in 1998. Prior to joining the...

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Quentin Millora-Brown willing to play his role in engineering climate change solutions

Apr. 28, 2022—By Graham Hays Quentin Millora-Brown, a senior forward on the men’s basketball team, had his best individual season this year. A starter in 30 games, he led Vanderbilt in blocked shots and was second in rebounding. Perhaps even more importantly, he helped create the culture of success—a willingness among the team to challenge and support...

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Rock-climbing student duo pursues scientific, business and Olympic dreams

Apr. 25, 2022—by Amy Wolf Strategically managing precise steps up a wall or cliff at breakneck speeds is exactly where Michael Finn-Henry, a mechanical engineering student and contender for the 2024 Paris Olympics, finds clarity. Speed rock climbing is a finesse sport that requires fast feet and an even faster brain. Michael Finn-Henry trains with the Vanderbilt Climbing...

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Braun receives NSF Early CAREER Award to create next-gen robots to assist humans

Apr. 13, 2022—David Braun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for foundational research in mechanically adaptive robotics. His CAREER project, “Mechanically Adaptive, Energetically Passive Robotics,” will enable the creation of new-generation industrial robots, transportation systems, and devices that can assist and augment humans. The five-year, $600,000 grant will support work on robot...

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Mac Mellor, Emeritus Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering, dies

Feb. 3, 2022—Arthur McLeod (Mac) Mellor, 80, emeritus Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Durham, N.C. Mellor joined the faculty of the School of Engineering in January 1988 as Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He retired from Vanderbilt in 2004. During his career, Mellor’s research focused on solving difficult problems in gas...

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Jeff Ray was dean of Western Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology

Jul. 27, 2021—Jeff Ray, dean of Western Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology and a Vanderbilt University engineering graduate, died July 26, 2021. He was 61. A Tennessee native, Ray spent five years as an electrician and earned a Journeyman Industrial Electrician license while working at R.R. Donnelley & Sons in Gallatin, Tennessee. He entered Tennessee...

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Kyser Miree Scholarship supporters rise to the challenge in memory of beloved alumnus

Jul. 14, 2021—2021 marks 10th anniversary of Miree’s passing; Scholarship match deadline is Aug. 31 This spring marked the 10th anniversary of the Kyser Miree Scholarship, which was established to recognize the life and leadership of the late Kyser Miree, BE’09. In recognition of this milestone and in hopes of reaching an endowment of $1,000,000, a matching gift challenge was...

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Class of 2021: From rockets to fighter jets, mechanical engineering major builds on big successes

May. 6, 2021—by Brenda Ellis May. 3, 2021 Will Reisner enjoys reaching new heights. The mechanical engineering senior is the vehicle team lead on Vanderbilt’s perennially top-ranked rocket team. Will Reisner, Class of 2021 (John Russell/Vanderbilt University) He’s also a hiker and mountain biker who has summited seven Colorado mountain peaks over 14,000 feet. And in July, Reisner is...

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