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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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IRIS Initiative: Shaping tomorrow’s infrastructure

Feb. 5, 2018—Written by Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Caglar Oskay & Post-Doctoral Research Scholar Alessandro Fascetti. This article was originally posted on the VUBreakThru blog. A 2016 Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) award, the Vanderbilt Initiative for Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) continues to make progress. The development of the program coincides with the university becoming...

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From oil fields to council chambers: Vanderbilt engineer uses background for change

Feb. 4, 2016—Dana Brown Gutwein’s career started in the oil fields of California, pump jacks as far as the eye could see, running tests all day and sleeping in her truck at night. And while the Vanderbilt University engineering alumna’s life today couldn’t be more different, she wouldn’t change a thing about that fossil fuels background. On...

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After military, Pentagon career, PhD student starts fulfilling lifelong dream

Jan. 22, 2016—Leslie Gillespie-Marthaler spent almost two decades as a U.S. Army officer, defense contractor and Pentagon and EPA employee, promoting sustainability across installations and federal agencies. She helped break barriers in two areas dominated by men – the military and engineering – gaining authority and respect in both well before the age of 40. She left...

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Vanderbilt team gets context, closer look for Sterling Ranch sustainability projects

Jan. 22, 2016—A team of 30 Vanderbilt University students and professors from across the disciplines spent a series of information-packed, 14-hour days in suburban Denver to understand better how their work will lead to smart, sustainable cities. They returned from that winter break trip with the context of research already underway – projects that are the result...

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Alum Smethills describes development offering years of research across disciplines

Oct. 22, 2015—For well over a decade, Vanderbilt Engineering alumnus Brock Smethills (BE’13) and his family have been driving to a picturesque spot just south of Denver, envisioning the futuristic wonderland it would become. Houses where the residents pay mere pocket change for utilities thanks to solar power and a one-of-a-kind system that lets them shed electrical...

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Partnership with sustainable Sterling Ranch offers research from the ground up

Jun. 29, 2015—A Vanderbilt University alumnus and his family broke ground this month on a 21st century development that will provide a training site and test bed for School of Engineering students and professors. Sterling Ranch, a 12,000-home planned community south of Denver, includes its own commercial space, retail stores and schools. Its design is centered on...

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Sustainability, Habitat’s mission inspire Solar Decathlon team

Sep. 11, 2014—The breathtaking winner of last year’s Solar Decathlon was an ultramodern, mostly wooden showplace with a minimalist vibe and series of white, lace-cut UV curtains pulled across the outside. But could it fit on an infill lot in a Middle Tennessee neighborhood? Could it be duplicated again and again at a reasonable price and by...

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