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Spring 2010 Category

Entrepreneurial Engineers

Apr. 28, 2010—It is widely believed that, to strengthen our economy, we need new ventures, new enterprises, new businesses and new industries. Can you teach entrepreneurship? Or are some individuals just born entrepreneurs? Are engineers entrepreneurial?

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Parker Participates in Peace and Science Conference at the Vatican

Apr. 28, 2010—Frank Parker, Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, traveled to the Vatican late in 2009 to discuss the role of science in furthering world peace. Parker, an internationally recognized expert in remediation of radioactively contaminated soil and water and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, spoke at an exclusive meeting at...

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Predicting Failure Leads to Success on Forbes’ Most Promising Company List

Apr. 28, 2010—Things break. Forbes magazine says breakage costs American manufacturers $30 billion a year in warranty payments. If manufacturers could predict breakage and adjust warranties, they could save more than double that amount—not to mention the other benefits they’d reap from improved reliability, performance and quality.

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Adventures of an Entrepreneurial Engineer

Apr. 28, 2010—“I love being involved in fast-paced, high-risk, high-reward startups,” says Limp, BS’88, a successful entrepreneur and chief operating officer of BrightKite, a social networking Web site. Limp, who earned his degree in computer science from the School of Engineering, specializes in ventures in the high-tech arena. Good entrepreneurial ideas abound, he says. The tricky part...

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Patented Success

Apr. 28, 2010—If it doesn’t exist or it needs improvement, invent and innovate. These are just a few Vanderbilt University School of Engineering alumni who did just that.

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From Startups to Success

Apr. 28, 2010—VUSE engineers thrive as entrepreneurs in businesses large and small. What do they have in common? Creativity and collaboration, a focus on giving people what they want, plus access to capital, savvy management and a singular passion for making great ideas reality.

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Pushing to Improve

Apr. 28, 2010—Smaller. Less invasive. More flexible. Those aren’t just directives from physicians regarding medical devices—they’re the goals that Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Robert Webster III has set for his research and lab.

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Quest for Knowledge Spurs Nanotechnology Entrepreneur Karen Buechler

Apr. 28, 2010—Curiosity led Karen Raska Buechler, BE’94, to Vanderbilt University School of Engineering for a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and on to graduate school in Colorado for her master’s and doctorate.

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Calculating Risk, Increasing Reliability

Apr. 28, 2010—When you take a plane trip, drive across a bridge or ride the commuter train to work, you trust that those structures and systems are safe. Likewise, pilots flying combat missions depend on their planes and astronauts hurtling into space depend on the rockets propelling them.

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A Changed Life

Apr. 28, 2010—Back when Fran Schwaiger Presley, BS’79, was a small-town Alabama girl, a full scholarship to the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering did more than crack a door to opportunity—it threw open the gates of resoluteness.

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