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Risk modeling, data integration drive NASA next-gen air travel safety project

Jan. 4, 2019—Low visibility, bird strikes, incorrect landing approach speed, runway debris, airframe icing, engine fires, unexpected weather and sensor malfunction are but a handful of potential causes of airplane accidents. They also are among more than 60 incident scenarios identified by an ambitious NASA effort to develop the next generation National Airspace System, known as NextGen...

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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 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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CE alumnus and Seattle transit exec tapped for Nashville Chamber panels

Apr. 10, 2018—Mike Harbour (BE’75) started his career in public transit in Nashville, working for the MTA for a year after he finished his graduate studies in transportation. He’s back this week as a guest of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, which has organized a series of discussions and panels with transit experts who’ve navigated growing pains...

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New CE professor tapped for Gilbreth Lecture, named a top IoT innovator

Jan. 8, 2018—One of the School of Engineering’s newest faculty members starts the year with two additional honors for his work in transportation and traffic control issues. Daniel Work, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named among 2018 Pioneers by Connected World. The list of 10 Innovators of IoT (Internet of Things) under...

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Nashville offers new civil engineering professor ideal place to research traffic issues

Oct. 26, 2017—Daniel Work can’t think of a better place to research traffic issues than Nashville. He’s bringing his expertise on applying cyber-physical systems—the combination of physical systems with technological advances—to transportation to a city that adds roughly 85 new residents per day. The associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, who joins the engineering faculty in...

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VECTOR earns portion of $7M grant for maritime, multimodal transportation research

Jan. 14, 2017—Vanderbilt’s Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) will receive $1 million of a total $7 million, five-year U.S. Department of Transportation grant aimed at preserving and optimizing the nation’s transportation system. VECTOR was selected as part of a consortium headed by the University of Arkansas, and researchers will study maritime and multimodal transportation with...

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Q&A: Vanderbilt alumna is GDOT’s first female chief engineer

Dec. 31, 2014—A Vanderbilt University School of Engineering alumna is the first female chief engineer for Georgia’s transportation department. Meg Bryson Pirkle earned her Vanderbilt bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1989 and went to work for Georgia Department of Transportation’s planning department the same year, later earning her master’s in civil engineering from Georgia Tech. She’s currently...

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