Brenda Ellis

  • Vanderbilt researcher selected to present at UN’s COP27 in Egypt

    Vanderbilt researcher selected to present at UN’s COP27 in Egypt

    Vanderbilt University has been selected to present in two venues at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly referred to as COP27, Nov. 15 at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Vanderbilt research assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and Vanderbilt Climate Change Initiative Director Leah Dundon’s proposal on Vanderbilt’s ongoing research in marine shipping... Read More

    Sep 26, 2022

  • Vanderbilt engineering professor Sankaran Mahadevan wins international research award

    Vanderbilt engineering professor Sankaran Mahadevan wins international research award

    Sankaran Mahadevan, John R. Murray Sr. Professor of Engineering and civil and environmental engineering professor, is the winner of the 2022 IASSAR Distinguished Research Award. The award is presented every four years to two eminent senior researchers by the International Association on Structural Safety and Reliability at its quadrennial meeting. IASSAR promotes the study, research... Read More

    Sep 23, 2022

  • Nanoparticles boost anti-cancer immunity

    Nanoparticles boost anti-cancer immunity

    by Bill Snyder The growth of epithelial ovarian cancer, one of the most lethal malignancies, is associated with the presence of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), white blood cells that can block the anti-cancer activity of the immune system and immunotherapy. Fortunately, TAMs can be “repolarized,” converted from immunosuppressive tumor-promoters to inflammatory tumor-fighters. Now, Associate Professor of Pharmacology Fiona Yull,... Read More

    Aug 16, 2022

  • Environmental engineering graduate student wins DOE nuclear technology R&D award

    Environmental engineering graduate student wins DOE nuclear technology R&D award

    Megan Harkema, a third-year graduate student studying nuclear environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Fuel and Supply Chain. Read More

    Aug 12, 2022

  • Janey Camp to lead Vanderbilt Engineering center focused on transportation research

    Janey Camp to lead Vanderbilt Engineering center focused on transportation research

    Janey Camp has been named the director of the Vanderbilt Engineering Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) where interdisciplinary groups work on a variety of transportation and infrastructure resilience projects using groundbreaking applications and risk management practices. “It is an absolute honor to move into this leadership role for VECTOR at such an exciting time... Read More

    Jul 28, 2022

  • Janey Camp to lead Vanderbilt Engineering center focused on transportation research

    Janey Camp to lead Vanderbilt Engineering center focused on transportation research

    Janey Camp has been named the director of the Vanderbilt Engineering Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) where interdisciplinary groups work on a variety of transportation and infrastructure resilience projects using groundbreaking applications and risk management practices. “It is an absolute honor to move into this leadership role for VECTOR at such an exciting time... Read More

    Jul 28, 2022

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    Vanderbilt computer science professor seeks to make existing car systems smarter as part of $6 million NSF grant

    Vanderbilt computer science professor Jonathan Sprinkle is among seven principal investigators using a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore a new way to engineer cyber-physical systems. Examples of CPSs include smart power grids, implantable medical devices and transportation technology such as self-driving cars, which are the focus of the five-year, multi-institutional project. Read More

    Jul 27, 2022

  • Three engineering faculty win Vanderbilt grants to support early-stage pioneering research

    Three engineering faculty win Vanderbilt grants to support early-stage pioneering research

    Three engineering faculty members have received grants to support the early stages of pioneering research projects identified as likely candidates for further funding from federal, foundation and industry sponsors. Spring 2022 Seeding Success Grants were awarded to 14 faculty and are the second cycle of the internal early investment funding initiative. The grants, awarded to faculty spanning the... Read More

    Jun 29, 2022

  • Vanderbilt rocket team earns 2022 NASA Student Launch Project Award

    Vanderbilt rocket team earns 2022 NASA Student Launch Project Award

    The Vanderbilt rocket team won the coveted NASA Student Launch Project Review Award for the best documentation of the project progress through 2021-2022. The national Student Launch rocketry competition was held in April and results were announced June 3. This is Vanderbilt’s 15th year to participate in the annual NASA event and teams have won the... Read More

    Jun 14, 2022

  • Kidambi wins Department of Energy Early Career funding for isotope separation research

    Kidambi wins Department of Energy Early Career funding for isotope separation research

    Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been selected to receive funding for research as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program. The program is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career period, when many scientists conduct... Read More

    Jun 8, 2022

  • Engineering doctoral student is Vanderbilt’s first recipient of Rabi Young Investigator Award

    Engineering doctoral student is Vanderbilt’s first recipient of Rabi Young Investigator Award

    Vanderbilt engineering graduate student Sai Abitha Srinivas received the I.I. Rabi Young Investigator Award at the 2022 meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, held May 7-12 in London. This award is recognition for her work to improve image quality in portable MRI systems with minimal passive shielding that could reduce the... Read More

    Jun 3, 2022

  • Army Futures Command awards Pathfinder seed funding to Tonia Rex and Doug Adams

    Army Futures Command awards Pathfinder seed funding to Tonia Rex and Doug Adams

    by Jenna Somers  Two Vanderbilt professors were awarded Pathfinder seed funding for a project that could benefit soldiers by optimizing their neurological performance through suggested behavior protocol and by improving aircraft design and equipment to reduce the effects of in-flight vibration and percussion.  The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory and the Civil-Military Innovation Institute... Read More

    May 2, 2022

  • Nineteen engineering students awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    Nineteen engineering students awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    Biomedical engineering nets more than any BME department in the country with 10 Sixteen engineering graduate students have been awarded a highly competitive government-funded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Three engineering undergraduate students also received NSF fellowships. NSF Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees... Read More

    Apr 29, 2022

  • Ndukaife receives NSF Early CAREER Award to investigate cell-to-cell communication

    Ndukaife receives NSF Early CAREER Award to investigate cell-to-cell communication

    Justus C. Ndukaife, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for foundational research in cell-to-cell communication. His CAREER project, “Resonant Dielectric Optical Metasurfaces for Single-Cell Extracellular Vesicles Analysis,” will enable Ndukaife to associate the properties of extracellular vesicles directly to their cell sources—up to the resolution of single cells—a capability that... Read More

    Apr 18, 2022

  • Tata receives NSF Early CAREER Award to identify network vulnerabilities and failures

    Tata receives NSF Early CAREER Award to identify network vulnerabilities and failures

    Ahmad F. Tata, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for fundamental research in new approaches to network sensors and controllers scheduling. His CAREER project, “Scheduling Driving Sensing and Control Nodes in Nonlinear Networks with Applications to Fuel-Free Energy Systems,” offers a novel framework for the exploration of... Read More

    Apr 15, 2022

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

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

    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... Read More

    Apr 13, 2022

  • International collaboration reveals how the human brain evolved to harness abstract thought

    International collaboration reveals how the human brain evolved to harness abstract thought

    By Marissa Shapiro THE IDEA The human brain is organized in functional networks—connected brain regions that communicate with each other through dedicated pathways. That is how we perceive our senses, how the body moves, how we are able to remember the past and plan for the future. The “default mode” network is the part of... Read More

    Apr 12, 2022

  • International collaboration reveals how the human brain evolved to harness abstract thought

    International collaboration reveals how the human brain evolved to harness abstract thought

    By Marissa Shapiro THE IDEA The human brain is organized in functional networks—connected brain regions that communicate with each other through dedicated pathways. That is how we perceive our senses, how the body moves, how we are able to remember the past and plan for the future. The “default mode” network is the part of... Read More

    Apr 12, 2022

  • Karl Zelick is inaugural awardee of a Scaling Success Grant

    Karl Zelick is inaugural awardee of a Scaling Success Grant

    Karl Zelik, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is one of three inaugural awardees for the February 2022 cycle of the Scaling Success Grant, which is the first cycle of this internal funding opportunity. Yuankai Huo, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, is co-PI on a SSG grant. Read More

    Apr 11, 2022

  • Study finds 10-second videos predict blood cancer relapse

    Study finds 10-second videos predict blood cancer relapse

    Biomedical engineering prof says study raises the prospect of a new application of diagnostic optical biopsy by Paul Govern In a new study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 10-second videos of white blood cell motion in the skin’s microvasculature greatly improved the prediction of which stem cell and bone marrow transplant patients would have a relapse... Read More

    Apr 4, 2022