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Engineering and Technology

Google Research Award goes to engineering team

Sep. 7, 2012—A novel approach to improve location information to centimeter scale accuracy using the global positioning system has earned a Google Research Award for an engineering professor and his team.

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NSF funding boosts Vanderbilt climate change studies in Sri Lanka

Sep. 6, 2012—In 2010 the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment began a unique interdisciplinary study of agricultural adaptation to water scarcity in Sri Lanka's Mahaweli River Watershed. Now a five-year, $3.7M grant from the National Science Foundation, through their Water Sustainability and Climate program, will further the study and its global best practices.

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New data mining benefits learning science, earns award

Sep. 6, 2012—A new exploratory data mining technique for identifying important student learning behaviors and strategies is grabbing entrepreneurial interest and kudos from the international community.

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Spinach power gets a major boost

Sep. 4, 2012—Vanderbilt researchers have combined the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon, the material used in solar cells, in a fashion thatproduces substantially more electrical current than has been reported by previous "biohybrid" solar cells.

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Engineer, astronomer and geologist receive NSF Faculty Early Career Development awards

Aug. 9, 2012—An electrical engineer who is attempting to make wireless communications more reliable, an astronomer who studies the evolution of the cosmos by creating large numbers of virtual universes and a geologist who is studying the origins of super-eruptions have received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development awards.

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Secretary of Energy selects Kosson as member of key review committee

Aug. 6, 2012—Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has selected Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair David Kosson as a member of a group of independent technical experts to assess certain aspects of the design of a new, state-of-the art waste treatment plant that the Department of Energy is planning to construct on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington state.

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Test flight over Peru ruins could revolutionize archaeological mapping

Aug. 1, 2012—Archaeological sites that currently take years to map will be completed in minutes if tests of the Semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system being developed at Vanderbilt University go well.

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Sztipanovits named Keck Institute visiting scholar

Jul. 13, 2012—Janos Sztipanovits, the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Engineering, has been selected as a 2012 Distinguished Visiting Scholar by the W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies at the California Institute of Technology.

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Valdastri receives best paper award at international computer aided surgery conference

Jul. 3, 2012—Pietro Valdastri, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and member of the Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering (ViSE), was awarded with the OLYMPUS ISCAS Best Paper Award at the 16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Computer Aided Surgery (ISCAS) June 30 in Pisa, Italy.

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Engineering doctoral student wins first prize in DOE competition

Jul. 3, 2012—Bethany Smith, a Ph.D. student in environmental engineering, has been awarded a first place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards competition.

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Merryman selected to attend U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Jul. 3, 2012—David Merryman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is among 78 of the nation's brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

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Research team invited to present at NIH institute’s 10th anniversary technology showcase

Jul. 3, 2012—Vanderbilt University researchers were one of nine teams invited to participate in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering’s 10th anniversary technology showcase June 22 in Bethesda, Maryland. NIBIB is an institute within the National Institutes of Health.

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