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Science Daily: NASA announces new CubeSat space mission candidates

Feb. 28, 2013—NASA has selected a miniature satellite designed by a team led by Robert Reed, professor of electrical engineering, to fly as an auxiliary payload aboard a rocket launching in the next three years.

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Tech spinoffs that began with federal research investment boost economy

Feb. 18, 2013—School of Engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet emphasized the importance of federal research investment to members of Tennessee's congressional delegation while he was in Washington, D.C., for the annual American Society of Engineering Education conference.

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Mitchell to lead effort on minority engineering enrollment

Feb. 8, 2013—Burgess Mitchell, assistant dean for student services at Vanderbilt's School of Engineering, has been named president-elect of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Advocates.

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Grissom selected as Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop Young Investigator

Feb. 6, 2013—Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering William Grissom has been selected as one of the 2013 Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop Young Investigators and will participate in the event Feb. 25-26 at Georgia Tech’s Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience.

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Vanderbilt student team competes in amphibious vehicle race

Jan. 31, 2013—A team of engineering undergraduates designed and built a one-fifth-scale model of an amphibious vehicle that competed successfully in a national competition sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency held in mid-January.

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Watch: National Research Council members chart future of U.S. research universities

Jan. 21, 2013—On Jan. 16, a group of stakeholders from academia, federal and state government and the private sector—including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Lamar Alexander, former Senate Majority Leader William Frist, Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, University of Tennessee Executive Vice President David Millhorn and Chad Holliday, chairman of the board of Bank of America and retired chairman of DuPont—attended a workshop at Vanderbilt to discuss the steps that must be taken to ensure the future of the critical partnership between academia and government.

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ISIS plays key role in efforts to revolutionize military manufacturing

Jan. 18, 2013—This week the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) released a set of engineering software tools designed to revolutionize the process of designing and manufacturing military vehicles. Software engineers at Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integrated Systems are playing a key role in the effort.

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Chancellor Zeppos leads discussion on future of U.S. research universities

Jan. 17, 2013—On Jan. 16, a group of stakeholders from academia, federal and state government and the private sector attended a workshop at Vanderbilt to discuss steps to ensure the future of the critical research partnership between academia and government.

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Wired: DARPA opens source code for building your own amphibious tank

Jan. 10, 2013—The DoD’s DARPA group plans to release open-source software that will let anyone design and run virtual tests on their own amphibious vehicle. Darpa’s software — built in part by researchers at Vanderbilt University — is called Meta.

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New faculty: Rizia Bardhan finds solutions at the nanoscale

Dec. 11, 2012—Rizia Bardhan has a large picture of Mahatma Gandhi in her office. “Gandhi has always been very special to me,” she said. “We share the same birthday. He exemplifies the power of perseverance.” Perseverance has carried the new assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering to Nashville from Kolkatta, India, where she was born. Early in...

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Bottle rockets pique middle schoolers’ interest in engineering

Dec. 10, 2012—The Aerospace Club has partnered with Peabody College to produce a five-week program using soda bottle rockets to introduce middle school students to basic engineering principles.

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NSF grant accelerates development of medical capsule robots

Dec. 6, 2012—Four Vanderbilt School of Engineering faculty members have been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create new tools, including a web-based modeling and simulation infrastructure, intended to help speed up the development of miniature medical capsule robots.

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