Spring 2010 Category
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.