Engineering and Technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.