Winter 2019

Vanderbilt University/John Russell

Chancellor’s Letter: Shaping the Course of Things

At Vanderbilt, there is no shortage of exploration. Every day our talented faculty, students and staff are driven to make discoveries—not just for the recognition, but for the chance to move the dial, to permeate the boundaries, to affect our society at large and for the better.

Launch Pad: Vanderbilt’s internationally acclaimed student rocket team has propelled many alumni into the science of spaceflight

Launch Pad: Vanderbilt’s internationally acclaimed student rocket team has propelled many alumni into the science of spaceflight

During the past 11 years, NASA has awarded the Vanderbilt rocket team eight payload design awards and five national championships. The team has won a total of 30 national and international awards and 16 regional awards. In addition, the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab has launched an impressive number of graduates into roles at companies such as SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Rolls Royce, NASA and Northrop.

The Innovation of Autism: The newly endowed Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeks to unlock unique talents

The Innovation of Autism: The newly endowed Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeks to unlock unique talents

The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeks to transform workplaces by developing new technologies based on the specific skills and talents of people with autism, effectively inspiring advances that can lead to meaningful employment and a fuller life.

Clockwise from top left: Taylor Demonbreun checks out Tallinn, Estonia—country No. 51 on her itinerary; Logan Tinley and his plane prepare for their worldwide journey at a small airport near Nashville; Natalie Larson treks the California Coastal Trail; Bruce Green dips his rear tire in the Pacific in Manhattan Beach, California.

Overachievers: Passions transform challenges into amazing feats for these four Commodores

Three graduates and one current student have taken their passions to extreme levels—visiting every country on the planet, flying solo around the world, biking across the country, and walking the length of California.

David Price (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Pitched Battle: Vanderbilt’s reputation for producing top-notch pitchers was on full display at the 2018 World Series

Last year 13 former Commodores played in the big leagues. Of those 13 players, eight were pitchers, including David Price and Walker Buehler, who both pitched in the 2018 World Series.