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Chief engineer keeps Georgia transportation on her mind

May. 13, 2015—Meg Bryson Pirkle earned her Vanderbilt bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1989 and went to work for Georgia Department of Transportation’s planning department that same year, later earning her master’s in civil engineering from Georgia Tech. On Jan. 1, 2015, she became GDOT’s first female chief engineer. Previously director of GDOT’s Permits and Operations Division,...

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Fyffe wins first place in DOE fuel cycle research competition

Jul. 15, 2013—Lindsey Morgan Fyffe, a doctoral 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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Vanderbilt researchers, students part of inaugural SEC symposium on renewable energy

Feb. 13, 2013—Two Vanderbilt professors were among the energy experts at the inaugural SEC Symposium, and Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Club represented the university in the SEC showcase.

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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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Hornberger named chair of Civil Engineering, three others join faculty

Aug. 23, 2012—The School of Engineering has announced the appointments of a new department chair and three new faculty members.

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Senior engineering student receives Fulbright to teach in Brazil

Apr. 24, 2012—Senior engineering student Pauline Roteta has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil.

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Material Research: Çağlar Oskay succeeds by focusing on failure in the real world

Nov. 12, 2011—Çağlar Oskay is an expert in failure and that makes him—and his work—a success. Oskay, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2006, has focused much of his research on the failure of structures and predicting the lifespan of heterogeneous materials through multiscale computational mechanics. “People have started looking into materials,...

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Time to anticipate and adapt to climate change

Aug. 19, 2011—Despite the uncertainties surrounding climate change, it is time to start developing effective strategies to keep the nation’s transportation systems and other critical infrastructure running.

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