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Vanderbilt is classified as a "Research University (very high research activity)," and is engaged in some of the most important engineering research and cross-disciplinary research conducted in the nation.

Spanning biomedical, civil, chemical, environmental, electrical, mechanical engineering as well as materials science and computer science fields, Vanderbilt has special expertise in key research areas. Research activity in the School of Engineering can be grouped in nine intellectual neighborhoods that characterize our distinctive culture of collaboration within and beyond the traditional walls of departments, schools, institutions and disciplines.

Energy and natural resources Energy and Natural Resources Medicine and health Surgery and Engineering
Entertainment Big Data Science and Engineering
Enabling sustainable resource and energy conservation production and recovery
Designing technology, methods and tools to improve patient outcomes
Harvesting and using knowledge from collections of big data sets

biophotonics Biomedical Imaging and Biophotonics Security Risk, Reliability and Resilience nano Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Using physical phenomena to diagnose and treat disease
Improving predictability of systems, infrastructure and materials
Applying science and engineering of materials and processes at nano scale

rehabilitation engr Rehabilitation Engineering regenerative Regenerative Medicine CPS Cyber-physical Systems
Restoring lost physical and cognitive function
Replacing, engineering and healing damaged tissues and organs
Integrating software and hardware using multidisciplinary approaches

Cyber physical systems

$9M NSF grant helps Vanderbilt engineers expand frontier of cyber-physical systems.

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High fidelity

Vanderbilt team develops new methods for cochlear implant users.

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