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Bicycle remix: a $25 Craigslist buy, scrap metal tubing, welding and curiosity

Jul. 11, 2017—When Nick Belsten first eyed the pile of scrap metal tubing, he saw wind chimes. Castoffs from fences installations, the galvanized pipe pieces held too much potential to be ignored. Belsten packed as much as he could around furniture and other household goods headed to his family’s home in Florida. He did craft a fine...

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Vanderbilt engineers drive Teslas, take lessons for futuristic transportation infrastructure

Feb. 8, 2016—A chance meeting between a Vanderbilt University civil engineering professor and a Tesla product specialist resulted in students getting a closer look at the futuristic cars in early February. Lori Troxel, an associate professor of the practice, said she’d been trying to line up a visitor from Tesla when she met Tyler Dean, who works...

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Engineering grad gets cameo in Nissan’s Super Bowl commercial

Feb. 6, 2015—Race car driver and engineering alumnus Brad Jaeger can be seen very briefly in a 90-second Nissan commercial during the 2015 Super Bowl on Feb. 1 featuring the relationship between a race car driver and his son and set to the 1974 folk song “Cat’s in the Cradle.” His cameo comes in the scene of...

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Vanderbilt Motorsports senior is racing the clock

May. 6, 2014—As Vanderbilt University engineering students race around Featheringill Hall working to complete undergraduate classes, a handful of them have scheduled time in a ground-floor shop. One in particular knows he’s on the last lap to getting a degree and he’s gunning to get back on a racetrack. The Vanderbilt Motorsports Club works intensely and aggressively...

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Vanderbilt Motorsports takes car to 2012 Formula SAE competition in Michigan

May. 30, 2012—After a two-year gap, a Vanderbilt Motorsports student team returned to Michigan in mid-May for the 2012 Formula SAE competition. Team members were undaunted after an 88th place finish out of 105 university teams. “We competed in every event, and we were one of only 48 teams that competed in the 22 kilometer endurance event,”...

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Motorsports secures strong overall finish at Formula SAE competition in Michigan

Jun. 1, 2009—Vanderbilt Motorsports secured a strong 26th place overall finish at this year’s Formula SAE competition held at Michigan International Speedway May 13-16. The event, organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), attracted over 90 registered teams from around the world, including colleges and universities from Austria, Singapore, Venezuela, Brazil, and more. Overall honors went...

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ESPN to cover NASCAR racer’s visit with Vanderbilt Motorsports students

Apr. 3, 2009—Braun Racing driver Burney Lamar and crew chief Trent Owens have some advice to share with engineering students next week and ESPN plans to cover the campus visit. Lamar, driver of the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota for Braun, located in Mooresville, N.C., and Owens will tour the school of engineering’s motorsports facility April 9...

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Dollar General, Braun Racing develop one-of-a-kind internship to benefit VUSE Motorsports program

Jan. 27, 2009—Braun Racing, a two-car operation in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and its sponsor, Dollar General Corporation, have announced a one-of-a-kind internship program with the motorsports program in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. The internship program will not only allow engineering students the opportunity to learn side-by-side from experienced NASCAR engineers, mechanics and crew...

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