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Successful entrepreneur and innovator chosen to lead new Innovation Center

Feb. 1, 2016—Startup veteran Robert Grajewski has been chosen as the inaugural executive director of the newly created Vanderbilt University Innovation Center.

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Vanderbilt on team to develop advanced nuclear reactors to reduce carbon emissions

Jan. 27, 2016—Vanderbilt University is part of a new public-private partnership that has been awarded up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore, develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor technologies to help America meet its goals for carbon emission reduction.

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Robinson named associate dean of the School of Engineering

Jan. 11, 2016—William H. Robinson, a rising academic leader and diversity advocate, has been named an associate dean of the School of Engineering. He will work with Dean Philippe Fauchet to provide leadership in advancing the school’s inclusive, diverse and equitable academic culture.

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Harnessing the power of computers to create a sustainable future

Jan. 8, 2016—Harnessing the power of computers to help create an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future – that is the purpose of a major new grant issued by the National Science Foundation.

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Anatomy of a microscopic wood chipper: New observations reveal how an individual cellulase enzyme operates

Dec. 10, 2015—Biomolecular engineers at Vanderbilt University have obtained the most detailed measurements ever made of the behavior of an individual cellulase enzyme as it decomposes cellulose, the most plentiful polymer on the planet. Improved understanding of how cellulases work could be the key to producing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline for powering vehicles.

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Grad student’s side project keeps incarcerated parents connected with their kids

Dec. 7, 2015—Zachary Diggins, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, has developed a new website that will help children of inmates enjoy storytime, digitally, with Mom or Dad.

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Vanderbilt School of Engineering, partners awarded $3.5 million from ARPA-E for transformational energy technology

Nov. 25, 2015—A new $3.5 million award from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will support Vanderbilt University School of Engineering researchers' and their partners' efforts to create software that can control the Smart Grid – a decentralized power system that is more efficient, sustainable and reliable than America’s current electrical power delivery.

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Vandy’s three-time national rocketry champs are off to a strong start defending their title

Nov. 20, 2015—A student team hosted by the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab is off to a strong start defending its national rocketry title in the 2015-16 NASA University Student Launch Challenge competing against a field of 39 other university teams.

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Doctoral student’s company provides researchers with ‘X-ray’ on cellular processes

Nov. 12, 2015—Researchers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries long have used cells as mini-factories to produce fuels, medication and other products. A new company out of Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, MetaMap BioWorks, seeks to open a window on those processes.

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Quantum dots made from fool’s gold boost battery performance

Nov. 11, 2015—Vanderbilt engineers have discovered that adding quantum dots made from fool's gold to the electrodes of standard lithium batteries can substantially boost their performance.

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Vanderbilt’s medical capsule robots’ hardware, software goes open-source

Nov. 5, 2015—Researchers around the globe who want to customize medical capsule robots won’t have to start from scratch – a team from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering did the preliminary work for them and is ready to share.

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Free public lecture on future of solar sailing Nov. 5

Nov. 3, 2015—NASA physicist and author Les Johnson will give two public lectures on campus on the technology of solar sailing and its potential for exploring the solar system and reaching other stars.

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