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Status Report

May. 22, 2012—First-rate faculty. Talented students. Innovative research. Professionalism. All are hallmarks of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering under the leadership of Dean Kenneth F. Galloway. As he prepares to return to teaching and research—and continues his role as a national leader in engineering education—Galloway sat down with Vanderbilt Engineering magazine to reflect on the School of Engineering’s past and look to the future.

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Leading Light

May. 22, 2012—Disease can't hide when Anita Mahadevan-Jansen applies light. The Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering develops pioneering techniques in medical photonics, the use of light to diagnose, monitor and treat disease.

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On the Front Lines of the Cold War

May. 22, 2012—The threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union and the fear of communism permeated America after WWII. Schoolchildren practiced bomb drills and families built shelters. With the nuclear arms race running full steam ahead, a Vanderbilt engineer helped make the Pershing missile key to U.S. defense.

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Building on 125 Years

Oct. 12, 2011—it was 125 years ago that the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering was established. Today, the school is planning a yearlong quasquicentennial celebration with special commemorative events on campus and stories in Vanderbilt Engineering magazine during the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Cell Mechanic

Oct. 12, 2011—Matt Lang is fascinated by how things work. ...Lang works at the crossroads of engineering and biology, exploring how human cells work on the single-molecule level. He has combined his passion for building with curiosity about the mechanics of cells.

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All Fired Up

Apr. 20, 2011—When Bob Pitz studies a problem, it really is rocket science. Vanderbilt’s combustion expert, Robert W. Pitz, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, explores ways to make aircraft and rocket engines burn more efficiently, safely and powerfully for clients that include NASA and the United States Air Force.

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Vanderbilt Engineering’s Greatest Generation

Apr. 20, 2011—When Ralph Gates enrolled in the Vanderbilt School of Engineering in 1941, World War II was raging in Europe and Japan was marching across the Pacific. The 17-year-old Nashville native knew he would enlist when he turned 18.

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9 Questions for GM President Mark Reuss

Sep. 22, 2010—Mark Reuss, BE’86, was named president of GM North America in December 2009, becoming second in command of one of the auto industry’s largest and most prominent companies. Reuss, a mechanical engineering grad, started with GM in 1983 as a student intern.

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Adsorbed in His Work

Sep. 20, 2010—Can the world burn fossil fuels for energy in a way that doesn’t contribute to global warming? What can be done to protect people from the release of toxic chemicals? How would NASA care for a sick astronaut during long-duration space explorations like a manned mission to Mars?

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National Defender

Sep. 20, 2010—Like other engineers, Philip Reitinger, BE’84, has made a career of building bridges. But the divide that he has spanned is between corporations and government and between technology and policy.

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