Engineering And Technology

  • Managing nuclear wastes for the millennia

    Managing nuclear wastes for the millennia

    U.S. Courts have decreed that the federal government must come up with a system for managing nuclear wastes that will ensure the safety of the public and environment for one million years, a period that is 200 times the length of recorded history. Read More

    Dec. 17, 2007

  • DENSO gift powers new biodiesel testing facility

    DENSO gift powers new biodiesel testing facility

    The Vanderbilt School of Engineering will soon have a new state-of-the-art biodiesel testing facility, thanks to a $100,000 gift from the DENSO North America Foundation. Read More

    Dec. 3, 2007

  • Engineering professor creates animated science education program

    Engineering professor creates animated science education program

    An animated computer program created by a Vanderbilt University professor of computer science and computer engineering is being used in Nashville public school classrooms to teach science to middle school students. But the teachable agent called Betty‘s Brain does much more; it also teaches students how to learn. Read More

    Dec. 3, 2007

  • Rocket-powered mechanical arm could revolutionize prosthetics

    Rocket-powered mechanical arm could revolutionize prosthetics

    Combine a mechanical arm with a miniature rocket motor: The result is a prosthetic device that is the closest thing yet to a bionic arm. Read More

    Aug. 20, 2007

  • Mobile pollution sensors to be developed at Vanderbilt using Microsoft grant

    Mobile pollution sensors to be developed at Vanderbilt using Microsoft grant

    Vanderbilt engineers have won an award from Microsoft Corp. to develop a real-time, online, detailed and accurate picture of air quality in large metropolitan areas like Nashville. The mobile air quality monitoring system will make it possible to monitor air quality more accurately than the current system of fixed stations performing low-resolution sampling by including car-mounted sensors that measure, process and report emission levels. Read More

    Apr. 9, 2007

  • Vanderbilt research targets chemical and biological weapon detection

    Vanderbilt research targets chemical and biological weapon detection

    Vanderbilt University researchers, in conjunction with colleagues at several other institutions, are working on a project that promises significant improvement in the control of proteins for a number of uses, including the detection of chemical and biological weapons. Read More

    Jan. 26, 2007

  • Raindrop research improves understanding of water erosion

    Raindrop research improves understanding of water erosion

    There is a dark side to even the humble raindrop. A single drop is harmless, but when billions of raindrops from a cloudburst fall on bare soil they strike like billions of tiny hammers, dislodging tons of soil per acre which is carried away by surface runoff. Read More

    Jan. 19, 2007