Vanderbilt University - 2016

Institution Information

Contact Information

Institution's Mailing Address

Institution Name: Vanderbilt University
Mailing Address: 5332 Stevenson Center
VU Station B #351826
City: Nashville
State: TN
Postal Code: 372351826
Country: United States
Phone 615-343-3773
Fax: 615-343-5764
Website: http://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/

Head of Institution

Nicholas Zeppos
Chancellor
Executive Administration
Vanderbilt University
211 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 615-322-1813
Fax: 615-322-6060
nicholas.s.zeppos@vanderbilt.edu

Engineering College Inquiries

K. Arthur Overholser
Senior Associate Dean
School of Engineering
Vanderbilt University
5332 Science & Engineering Bldg.
VU Station B #351826
Nashville, TN 37235-1826
Phone: 615-343-3773
Fax: 615-343-8006
knowles.a.overholser@vanderbilt.edu

Undergraduate Admission Inquiries

K. Arthur Overholser
Senior Associate Dean
School of Engineering
Vanderbilt University
5332 Science & Engineering Bldg.
VU Station B #351826
Nashville, TN 37235-1826
Phone: 615-343-3773
Fax: 615-343-8006
knowles.a.overholser@vanderbilt.edu

Brent Tener
Director of Student Financial Aid
Student Financial Aid
Vanderbilt University
2309 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-343-1422
b.tener@vanderbilt.edu

John Gaines
Director Undergraduate Admissions
Undergraduate Admissions
Vanderbilt University
2305 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-936-2811
Fax: 615-343-8326
john.gaines@vanderbilt.edu

Douglas Christiansen
Vice Provost for Enrollment; Dean of Admissions
Undergraduate Admissions
Vanderbilt University
511 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 615-322-2111
Fax: 615-322-6345
douglas.christiansen@vanderbilt.edu

Graduate Admission Inquiries

E. Duco Jansen
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
School of Engineering
Vanderbilt University
VU Station B 351826
Nashville, TN 37235
Phone: 615-322-2762
Fax: 615-343-8006
duco.jansen@vanderbilt.edu

Eva Harth
Director of Graduate Studies, IMS
Dept. of Chemistry
Vanderbilt University
VU Station B Box #351822
Nashville, TN 37235
Phone: 615-343-3405
Fax: 615-343-1234
eva.m.harth@vanderbilt.edu

Institution Information

General Information


Type of institution: PRIVATE
Academic Year: SEMESTERS
Setting of Main Engineering Campus URBAN

Main Campus Information

Is the main campus located in a city with a population greater than 100,000?: Yes
Name of this city, or if no, the name of the nearest city of any size?: Nashville
This city's population (approx.): 1,830,000
Distance from Main Campus: 0

Total Enrollment

Total Undergraduate enrollment: 6,871
Total Graduate enrollment: 2,129
Total Professional and other enrollment: 3,619

Non-Engineering Degree Granting Colleges

Business, Education, Law, Liberal arts, Medicine, Nursing, Divinity, Music

Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

Vanderbilt does not prescribe a specific distribution of high school coursework requirements, but most competitive applicants will have completed four full years of coursework in the five core academic areas of English, math, social studies, science (3 lab sciences), and foreign language. It is acceptable for a student to drop one of these areas in the senior year in order to take a second course in an area of greater interest, but the admissions committee will likely question a record that falls significantly short of the above curriculum.

Vanderbilt requires all students to submit an official score report from either the SAT or the ACT directly from the testing agency. There is no preference between the two exams. SAT Subject Tests are optional. If official scores are sent to Vanderbilt, they may be considered during the application review process. The Writing section of the ACT and the Essay section of the New SAT are not required.

Recommendations

none provided

Engineering Information

Head of Engineering

Head of Engineering

Philippe Fauchet
Dean and Professor of Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering
Vanderbilt University
5332 Science & Engineering Bldg.
VU Station B #351826
Nashville, TN 37235-1826
Phone: 615-322-0720
Fax: 615-343-8006
philippe.fauchet@vanderbilt.edu

Engineering Information

Engineering Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

Bachelor's:B.S., B.E.
Master's:M.S. with thesis, M.S. without thesis, but with project or report, M.Eng.
Doctoral:Ph.D.

Computer Science Degrees Awarded Outside the College/School of Engineering

Engineering Information

Engineering Departments

Engineering Department(s) Degree Granting Level Department Chair Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Both E. Duco Jansen Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Both Kane Jennings Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Both Douglas Adams Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Both Daniel Fleetwood Electrical/Computer Engineering
Engineering Science Undergraduate Christopher Rowe Engineering (General)
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program Graduate Eva Harth Other Engineering Disciplines
Mechanical Engineering Both Robert Pitz Mechanical Engineering
Undecided Undergraduate K. Arthur Overholser Other Engineering Disciplines

Engineering Information

Research Centers

  • INCOLL - Research center WITHIN the college of engineering
  • INDEPT - Research center WITHIN an engineering department
  • INUNIV - Research center WITHIN university system
  • OUTUNIV - Research center OUTSIDE the university
Center/Lab Discipline Research Class Head Chair
Biomedical Photonics Center at Vanderbilt University Biomedical Engineering INUNIV E. Duco Jansen
Center for Intelligent Mechatronics (CIM) Mechanical Engineering INDEPT Michael Goldfarb
Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP) Civil/Environmental Engineering INDEPT David Kosson
Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) Electrical/Computer Engineering INDEPT Janos Sztipanovits
Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) Electrical/Computer Engineering INDEPT Ronald Schrimpf
Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Environmental Engineering INDEPT Mark Abkowitz
Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency Civil Engineering INDEPT Craig Philip
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment (VIEE) Environmental Engineering INUNIV George Hornberger
Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE) Biomedical Engineering INUNIV John Wikswo
Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE) Biomedical Engineering INUNIV Benoit Dawant
Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) Chemical Engineering INUNIV Sandra Rosenthal
Vanderbilt Multiscale Modeling and Simulation Center (MuMS) Chemical Engineering INCOLL Peter Cummings
Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) Biomedical Engineering INUNIV John Gore

Engineering Information

Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (B.E.) Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chemical Engineering (B.E.) Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil Engineering (B.E.) Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Computer Engineering (B.E.) Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Electrical Engineering (B.E.) Electrical/Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Computer Science (B.S.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Engineering Science Engineering Science (B.S.) Engineering (General)
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) Mechanical Engineering
Undecided Undecided Other Engineering Disciplines

Master's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Master's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chemical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil Engineering (M.S., M.E.) Civil Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineering (M.S., M.E.) Environmental Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Computer Science (M.S.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Electrical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) Electrical Engineering
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program Interdisciplinary Materials Science (M.S.) Other Engineering Disciplines
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Doctoral Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D) Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chemical Engineering (Ph.D) Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil Engineering (Ph.D.) Civil Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.) Environmental Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Computer Science (Ph.D.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) Electrical Engineering
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program Interdisciplinary Materials Science (Ph.D) Other Engineering Disciplines
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Information

Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Biomedical Engineering
  1. Nanoscale probes for living systems
  2. Technology-guided therapy
  3. Surgical and interventional engineering
  4. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  5. Immunoengineering
  6. Medical imaging
  7. Biophotonics
  8. Microfabricated biomaterials
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  1. Applied surface chemistry and adsorption
  2. Nanotechnology and materials engineering
  3. Biomolecular engineering and biotechnology
  4. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  5. Immunoengineering
  6. Metabolic engineering
  7. Biofuels
  8. Solar energy
  9. Molecular modeling and simulation
  10. Polymers: membranes and films
Civil and Environmental Engineering
  1. Risk and reliability engineering
  2. Multiscale performance and integrity of infrastructure materials and systems
  3. Modeling and simulation of multi-domain physical systems
  4. Environmental materials
  5. Nuclear environmental engineering
  6. Water resources and treatment
  7. Resilience and sustainability
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  1. Cyber physical systems
  2. Hybrid and embedded systems
  3. Radiation effects and reliability
  4. Software integrated systems
  5. Medical image processing
  6. Robotics
  7. Microelectronics
  8. Artificial intelligence
  9. Big data
  10. Computer animation and graphics
Engineering Science
  1. First-year engineering program
  2. Engineering management
  3. Project management
  4. Technical communications
  5. Engineering and public policy
  6. Interdisciplinary studies
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program
  1. Nano-photonics
  2. Nano-bio/medical
  3. Theory, modeling, and simulation of nanostructures
  4. Energy conversion and storage materials
  5. Semiconductors
Mechanical Engineering
  1. Combustion and laser diagnostics
  2. Energy conversion and storage
  3. Flow-structure interactions
  4. Mechatronics
  5. Metamaterials and nanophotonics
  6. Nanoscale transport
  7. Rehabilitation engineering and socially assistive robotics
  8. Surgical robotics
  9. System dynamics and control

Engineering Information

Societies

Honor Societies

National Groups

  • Alpha Lambda Delta
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Theta Tau

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • Am. Inst. of Chemical Engineers
  • Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers
  • Am. Soc. of Mechanical Engineers
  • Engineering World Health
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Soc. of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Soc. of Women Engineers
  • Society for Biomaterials
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Local Groups

  • Alternative Energy Club
  • Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) / VU Motorsports
  • V-Squared
  • V-Squared Engineering Freshmen Mentor Program
  • Vanderbilt Aerospace Club
  • Vanderbilt Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Vanderbilt Engineering Council
  • Vanderbilt Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society
  • Vanderbilt International Genetically Engineered Machine Team
  • Vanderbilt Robotics
  • Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science
  • Vandy Apps
  • VandyLAN

Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Other Student Support Programs

The purposes and objectives of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Council (aka Vanderbilt Engineering Council) shall be:
* Serving as advocates of the VUSE and voicing the concerns of students to administrators, faculty, and staff;
* Serving as intermediaries between students and faculty/administrators, promoting effective communication throughout the VUSE organization;
* Planning and promoting events for the VUSE, encouraging student involvement in activities of the School of Engineering, Engineering Council, and other related organizations; and
* Encouraging effective student organizations including professional societies and coordinating their activities with those of the Engineering Council for the benefit of the VUSE community.

Membership is determined by popular election of five members by the Vanderbilt School of Engineering undergraduate student body and by appointment conducted by elected members, for a total of at least seven members.

Engineering Information

Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

Vanderbilt’s senior design is a year-long experience. Multi-disciplinary teams are formed in which (for example) biomedical, mechanical, and electrical engineering students may be mixed. These teams work on significant projects that in most cases are derived from industry or the medical center. The industrial partner proposes the idea, retains the intellectual property, guides the team throughout the experience, and usually participates in external juries to judge the work product the month before the seniors graduate. Each major except for computer science participates in this experience. Each major has its own course descriptions in the catalog, but they are very similar. Please see below the examples for biomedical engineering. The teams are formed in the context of the Senior Engineering Design Seminar (4959, below). All Bachelor of Engineering students take that course.

BME 4950. Design of Biomedical Engineering Devices and Systems I. [Formerly BME 272] Integration of the engineering and life science backgrounds of senior biomedical engineering students through the presentation of design principles for medical devices and systems. Design principles and case examples for biomedical electronics, mechanical, chemical, and computing systems are presented. A full-semester design project is required. Evaluation is conducted through periodic oral and written presentations, and through a final written and poster report. Corequisite: BME 3300. Prerequisite: BME 3100. [2]

BME 4951. Design of Biomedical Engineering Devices and Systems II. [Formerly BME 273] Integration of the engineering and life science backgrounds of senior biomedical engineering students through the presentation of design principles for medical devices and systems. Design principles and case examples for biomedical electronics, mechanical, chemical, and computing systems are presented. A full-semester design project is required. Evaluation is conducted through periodic oral and written presentations, and through a final written and poster report. Prerequisite: BME 4950. [3]

BME 4959. Senior Engineering Design Seminar. [Formerly BME 297] Elements of professional engineering practice. Professionalism, licensing, ethics and ethical issues, intellectual property, contracts, liability, risk, reliability and safety, interdisciplinary teams and team tools, codes, standards, professional organizations, careers, entrepreneurship, human factors, and industrial design. Prerequisite: senior standing. Required, to be taken in conjunction with BME 4950. FALL. [1]

Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The Vanderbilt School of Engineering is internationally recognized for the superior quality of its research and education programs in selected fields of engineering. The first private university in the South to offer a degree in Engineering, Vanderbilt prepares engineers to become leaders, innovators, and researchers in solving challenging, significant problems. Graduate and undergraduate degrees are offered through the School's major departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. A particular strength is the School's leadership in a variety of multidisciplinary initiatives with industrial, government, and other university partners, in such areas as nanoscale engineering, biophysical engineering, and reliability engineering.

Engineering Information

Engineering Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Biomedical Engineering 7 5 4 16
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 7 2 3 12
Civil and Environmental Engineering 7 3 3 13
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 19 10 5 34
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 5 5 4 14
Undecided 0 0 0 0
Totals: 45 25 19 89

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Biomedical Engineering 3 5 8 1.00
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 2 5 7 1.00
Civil and Environmental Engineering 8 7 15 1.33
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 7 13 20 1.00
Engineering Science 5 2 7 0.67
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program 0 1 1 0.00
Mechanical Engineering 4 3 7 0.33
Undecided 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 29 36 65 5.33

Non-Teaching, Research

Engineering Department(s) Non-Teach. FT Research Personnel Non-Teach. PT Research Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Non-Teach. Research Personnel
Biomedical Engineering 25 1 26 0.00
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 9 0 9 0.00
Civil and Environmental Engineering 14 1 15 0.00
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 74 7 81 0.00
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0.00
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program 0 0 0 0.00
Mechanical Engineering 12 0 12 0.00
Undecided 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 134 9 143 0.00

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 1
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 6 1
Civil and Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 7 0
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 13 3 0 0 16 3
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Undecided 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 33 4 0 0 40 5

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 4 1
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
Civil and Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 9 1
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 0
Undecided 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 18 3 0 0 21 4

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
Civil and Environmental Engineering 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 1
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 0
Undecided 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 16 3

Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Applicants may apply through the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success; the Common Application; QuestBridge; or the Universal College Application.

Early Decision I: Apply by Nov. 1, 2016, with admission notification by Dec. 15, 2016, and matriculation deposit due Dec. 31, 2016

Early Decision II: Apply by Jan. 1, 2017, with admission notification by Feb. 15, 2017, and matriculation deposit due Mar. 1, 2017

Regular Decision: Apply by Jan. 1, 2017, with admission notification by Apr. 1, 2017, and matriculation deposit due May 1, 2017

Admission is based on a combination of academic record, test scores, activities, community involvement, and recommendations. Current costs are available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Flexible tuition payment plans offered.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Students from other countries are required to complete all the admission requirements of the University. Applicants whose native language is not English are encouraged to present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If an applicant's entire secondary school education has been in English, the TOEFL is not required but it may enhance the possibility of admission. Entering students who are not proficient in English should consider enrolling in an intensive English language program before beginning academic studies, and in some cases, the course may be required.

Residency Requirements

N/A

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students must complete at least 60 hours of work in the School of Engineering. The number of transfer students admitted each year depends upon availability of space in the sophomore and junior classes. Admission of transfer students is competitive, with the primary criterion being academic merit. There is no priority based upon the date of the application, but students who wish to transfer should submit the application form and nonrefundable $50 fee by 15 March for Fall semester admission. Applicants must meet all freshman admission requirements for the school to which application is being made. Applicants must be in good standing at the institution last attended, provide an official secondary school transcript and official transcripts from each college attended. Work presented for transfer must be from an accredited college and is subject to evaluation in light of degree requirements of this University. Work transferred to Vanderbilt from another institution will not carry with it a grade point average. Vanderbilt does not award transfer credit for grades below C-.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 0
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 13

Undergraduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Undergraduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $46,342
Room & Board: $14,962
Books & Supplies: $1,294
Other Expenses: $2,788
Estimated avg. course load per term: 15
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: Yes

Special Programs or Fee Structures

An Engineering Equipment Fee of $650 applies to all Engineering students in addition to Undergraduate Tuition & Fees shown above.

Additionally, a Computer Allowance Fee of $1,500 applies only to Engineering freshmen (first-year undergraduate students).

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE (CCS/PROFILE), Transcripts

Undergraduate

New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 7,498
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 943
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 337
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 100%

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 800 760
Reading Range: 780 720
Writing Range: 770 690
Combined Range: 1580 1480
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range: 35 33
Composite Range: 35 33

Undergraduate

Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
Biomedical Engineering (B.E.) 93 79 58 57 287 0
Chemical Engineering (B.E.) 40 47 57 62 206 2
Civil Engineering (B.E.) 19 21 20 17 77 0
Computer Engineering (B.E.) 16 14 13 14 57 0
Computer Science (B.S.) 74 81 90 64 309 2
Electrical Engineering (B.E.) 18 22 20 21 81 0
Engineering Science (B.S.) 12 23 31 31 97 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) 52 73 72 86 283 0
Undecided 28 2 0 0 30 0
Totals: 352 362 361 352 1427 4

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 12 0 8 0 0 0 28 0 3 0 56 0
Women 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 18 0 3 0 37 0
Chemical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 2 0 23 0
Women 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 17 0
Civil Engineering (B.E.)
Men 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 10 0
Women 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 9 0
Computer Engineering (B.E.)
Men 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 13 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 4 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 22 0 3 0 0 0 18 0 3 0 55 0
Women 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 4 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 19 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 14 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Engineering Science (B.S.)
Men 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 6 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 4 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 24 0 2 0 40 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 12 0
Undecided
Men 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 18 0
Women 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 10 0
Totals: 22 0 5 0 29 0 3 0 65 0 35 0 0 0 173 0 20 0 352 0

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 18 0 5 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 48 0
Women 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 1 0 14 0 1 0 31 0
Chemical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 25 0
Women 9 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 22 0
Civil Engineering (B.E.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 12 0
Women 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 9 0
Computer Engineering (B.E.)
Men 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 13 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 6 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 26 0 7 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 61 0
Women 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 20 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 17 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 0
Engineering Science (B.S.)
Men 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 2 0 14 0
Women 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 9 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 7 0 5 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 31 0 3 0 60 0
Women 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 13 0
Undecided
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Women 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 42 0 22 0 25 0 3 0 69 0 37 0 1 0 148 0 15 0 362 0

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 13 0 1 0 29 0
Women 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 15 0 1 0 29 0
Chemical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 29 0
Women 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 17 0 0 0 28 1
Civil Engineering (B.E.)
Men 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 14 0
Women 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 6 0
Computer Engineering (B.E.)
Men 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 12 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 17 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 12 0 2 0 0 0 23 0 3 0 65 0
Women 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 3 0 25 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 16 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Engineering Science (B.S.)
Men 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 15 0 1 0 22 0
Women 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 9 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 11 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 27 0 3 0 59 0
Women 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 13 0
Undecided
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 59 0 8 0 32 0 2 0 53 0 16 1 0 0 172 0 19 0 361 1

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 17 0 2 0 32 0
Women 2 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 4 0 25 0
Chemical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 3 1 37 1
Women 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 25 0
Civil Engineering (B.E.)
Men 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 0
Women 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 9 0
Computer Engineering (B.E.)
Men 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 9 0
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 4 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 11 0 3 0 0 0 23 2 1 0 49 2
Women 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 15 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 18 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Engineering Science (B.S.)
Men 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 18 0
Women 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 13 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 14 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 37 0 4 0 67 0
Women 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 19 0
Undecided
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 54 0 19 0 30 0 3 0 36 0 12 0 0 0 181 2 17 1 352 3

Undergraduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biomedical Engineering (B.E.) 2 1 5 0 12 4 0 40 1 65 35 30
Chemical Engineering (B.E.) 9 2 2 0 5 2 0 29 0 49 32 17
Civil Engineering (B.E.) 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 18 1 26 10 16
Computer Engineering (B.E.) 2 1 1 0 1 2 0 11 2 20 14 6
Computer Science (B.S.) 6 1 1 0 8 0 0 28 4 48 45 3
Electrical Engineering (B.E.) 11 0 0 1 1 1 0 12 1 27 21 6
Engineering Science (B.S.) 1 1 5 0 3 2 0 30 1 43 14 29
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) 12 1 7 0 5 2 0 50 3 80 63 17
Undecided 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 46 7 22 1 36 15 0 218 13 358 234 124

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering (B.E.) 1 1 1 0 2 3 0 0 11 1 0 4 0 0 19 21 1 0 65
Chemical Engineering (B.E.) 4 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 0 0 23 6 0 0 49
Civil Engineering (B.E.) 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 7 11 0 1 26
Computer Engineering (B.E.) 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 3 2 0 20
Computer Science (B.S.) 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 27 1 3 1 48
Electrical Engineering (B.E.) 6 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 12 0 1 0 27
Engineering Science (B.S.) 0 1 1 0 0 5 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 10 20 0 1 43
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) 10 2 0 1 5 2 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 39 11 2 1 80
Undecided 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 27 19 3 4 11 11 1 0 31 5 7 8 0 0 145 73 9 4 358

Undergraduate

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

A coordinated dual degree program between the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and Fisk University is especially designed to permit students to obtain an A.B. degree in biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics from Fisk and a B.E. degree in engineering from Vanderbilt, generally within five years. For the first three years, the student is enrolled at Fisk in a science curriculum and, by cross-registration, takes introductory engineering courses at Vanderbilt. During the fourth and fifth years, the student is enrolled at Vanderbilt, following principally an engineering curriculum at Vanderbilt and completing science courses at Fisk. At the end of five years, the student should be able to satisfy the requirements for both bachelor's degrees. Financial aid is available for qualified students. Additional information is available from the Engineering Dean's Office.

In addition to the Fisk University Dual Degree Program, we have 16 institutional partners with whom we have memoranda of understanding for 3-2 programs, in which students may earn the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science from their first institution and a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University. These programs were renewed and updated in 2013; ten are currently active.

In 2015/2016, we graduated one student each from Fisk University, Tulane University, and Centre College.

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

3

Undergraduate

Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
Biomedical Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Chemical Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Civil Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Computer Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Computer Science (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Electrical Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Engineering Science (B.S.) no 4.00 4.00 Day None
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Undecided no 0.00 0.00 Day None

Graduate

Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The deadline by which the completed application for Fall admission and all supporting credentials should reach Vanderbilt ranges by program between December 15 and January 15. Admission decisions for Fall semester will be mailed by March 31 to all applicants whose files are completed by January 15. The application fee is waived for all applications completed on-line at
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gradschool.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required as part of the application to the Graduate School. None of the engineering graduate programs require a GRE subject test.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Proficiency in written and oral English is required for enrollment in an academic program. Applicants whose native language is not English generally should present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the application. International students transferring from unfinished degree programs of other universities in the United States should present TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum acceptable score on the paper-based total TOEFL is 570. The computer-based total acceptable score is 230, and for the new Internet-based test, 88. Many programs, however, require a considerably higher level of proficiency.

Residency Requirements

Master's degree candidates must spend at least one academic year of graduate study at Vanderbilt. They must be enrolled in the Graduate School during each fall or spring semester in which they are using libraries or other university facilities. The Ph.D. degree requires at least three academic years of graduate study. A student must complete 72 hours of graduate work for credit of which a minimum of 24 hours in formal coursework in the Vanderbilt Graduate School is required.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer is made on the recommendation of the Chair of the major department and approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Engineering. A maximum of 6 semester hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the master's degree and in special cases 48 hours toward the Ph.D. 24 hours of coursework must be taken at Vanderbilt for Ph.D.; 24 hours for Masters. Transfer courses must have a grade of B or better and be graduate level courses.

Graduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Graduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $33,810
Room & Board: $14,662
Books & Supplies: $1,842
Other Expenses: $7,594
Estimated avg. course load per term: 9
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: Yes

Special Programs or Fee Structures

An Engineering Equipment Fee of $650 applies to all Engineering students in addition to Undergraduate Tuition & Fees shown above.

Additionally, a Computer Allowance Fee of $1,500 applies only to Engineering freshmen (first-year undergraduate students).

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE (CCS/PROFILE), Transcripts

Graduate

New Applicants

New Graduate Applicants

A. Number of graduate applicants to the engineering college: 1,482
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 223
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 121

Graduate

Enrollments by Class

Master's

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (M.S., M.E.)
Men 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Chemical Engineering (M.S., M.E.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Civil Engineering (M.S., M.E.)
Men 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 14 2
Women 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 1
Computer Science (M.S.)
Men 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 22 4
Women 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 1
Electrical Engineering (M.S., M.E.)
Men 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Environmental Engineering (M.S., M.E.)
Men 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2
Interdisciplinary Materials Science (M.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S., M.E.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 11 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
Totals: 50 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 38 7 2 0 98 11

Doctoral

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D)
Men 7 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 29 0 1 0 46 1
Women 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 32 1
Chemical Engineering (Ph.D)
Men 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 18 0 1 0 33 0
Women 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 14 0
Civil Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 14 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 22 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 6 0
Computer Science (Ph.D.)
Men 40 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 52 1
Women 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 14 0
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 21 2 2 0 54 2
Women 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 14 0
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 1 0 0 18 1
Interdisciplinary Materials Science (Ph.D)
Men 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 16 0
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 9 0
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 0 1 0 37 0
Women 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 12 0
Totals: 162 2 7 1 6 0 0 0 11 0 17 0 0 0 188 3 8 0 399 6

Graduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biomedical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 10 7 3
Chemical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Civil Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 18 17 1
Computer Science (M.S.) 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 19 17 2
Electrical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 13 11 2
Environmental Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 5 2 3
Interdisciplinary Materials Science (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6 6 0
Totals: 33 0 1 0 0 3 0 34 1 72 60 12

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 1 10
Chemical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Civil Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 18
Computer Science (M.S.) 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 19
Electrical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 13
Environmental Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 5
Interdisciplinary Materials Science (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Totals: 32 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 26 8 0 1 72

Master's Degree Programs

Master's Degree Program Degree Type
Master's w/ Thesis Master's w/o Thesis or with Proj./Report Program Totals
Biomedical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 3 7 10
Chemical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 1 0 1
Civil Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 0 18 18
Computer Science (M.S.) 9 10 19
Electrical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 8 5 13
Environmental Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 0 5 5
Interdisciplinary Materials Science (M.S.) 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S., M.E.) 4 2 6
Totals: 25 47 72

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D) 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 9 5 4
Chemical Engineering (Ph.D) 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 8 4 4
Civil Engineering (Ph.D.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 0
Computer Science (Ph.D.) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 1
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 10 8 2
Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 3 2
Interdisciplinary Materials Science (Ph.D) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 5 0
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 11 11 0
Totals: 24 2 3 0 1 3 0 22 1 56 43 13

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 9
Chemical Engineering (Ph.D) 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 8
Civil Engineering (Ph.D.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3
Computer Science (Ph.D.) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10
Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 5
Interdisciplinary Materials Science (Ph.D) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 11
Totals: 19 5 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 17 5 0 1 56

Graduate

Research Expenditures

Expenditures by Research Department

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Engineering Department External Funding Source
Biomedical Engineering
Total#: 89 Foreign: $32,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $9,341,000 Industry: $763,000 Priv/Non: $505,000
State: $24,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $10,665,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Total#: 45 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $4,560,000 Industry: $144,000 Priv/Non: $150,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $4,854,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Total#: 47 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $8,213,000 Industry: $106,000 Priv/Non: $241,000
State: $0 Local: $6,000 Total Expn.: $8,566,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Total#: 58 Foreign: $33,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $22,904,000 Industry: $532,000 Priv/Non: $545,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $24,014,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program
Total#: 3 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $41,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $41,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Mechanical Engineering
Total#: 67 Foreign: $142,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $7,007,000 Industry: $342,000 Priv/Non: $182,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $7,673,000
Totals:
Total#: 309 Foreign: $207,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $52,066,000 Industry: $1,887,000 Priv/Non: $1,623,000
State: $24,000 Local: $6,000 Total Expn.: $55,813,000

Expenditures by Research Center

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Center/Lab External Funding Source
Biomedical Photonics Center at Vanderbilt University
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Intelligent Mechatronics (CIM)
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP)
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS)
Total#: 59 Foreign: $33,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $12,623,000 Industry: $246,000 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $12,902,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE)
Total#: 32 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $5,613,000 Industry: $140,000 Priv/Non: $425,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $6,178,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment (VIEE)
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE)
Total#: 12 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,760,000 Industry: $97,000 Priv/Non: $493,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $2,350,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE)
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE)
Total#: 7 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $234,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $7,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $241,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Vanderbilt Multiscale Modeling and Simulation Center (MuMS)
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS)
Total#: 52 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $7,439,000 Industry: $336,000 Priv/Non: $540,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $8,315,000
Totals:
Total#: 71 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $9,433,000 Industry: $433,000 Priv/Non: $1,040,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $10,906,000


Grand Totals:
Total#: 380 Foreign: $207,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $61,499,000 Industry: $2,320,000 Priv/Non: $2,663,000
State: $24,000 Local: $6,000 Total Expn.: $66,719,000

The following text was offered to each school as a guideline for the calculation of externally-funded research expenditures:

Include all expenditures associated with grants and contracts specifically budgeted for externally sponsored research and associated programs and expenditures associated with all gifts auditably used for research. Include expended funds provided by the following external sources:

  1. Federal Government
  2. State Government
  3. Foreign Governments
  4. Industry
  5. Non-Profit Organizations (e.g. foundations)
  6. Individuals
  7. Local Government

The expenditures reported should be only those funds provided by organizations, agencies, and individuals external to the institution. Cost sharing/matching funds should be included only if provided from sources external to the institution.

Only State government funds that were obtained competitively or as matching funds associated with other externally funded programs should be included. State funds that are part of the normal operating budget should not be included regardless of purpose.

For all joint or contracted projects or sub-projects, only the portion of the center research performed by faculty, staff, and students of the affiliated engineering school should be credited to that school. Expenditures for capital costs of research laboratory building construction should not be included.

Expenditures for research laboratory renovations should not be included unless the renovation funds expended came from grants and contracts expressly intended for the direct support of engineering research.

Any portion of academic year and/or summer salary for any researcher that is not derived from external research grants or contracts should not be counted.

Total #: Report total number of individual grants, not the total dollar amount of the expenditures.

Expenditures: Report actual expenditures (as opposed to authorization amounts) in U.S. dollars.

Time frame for expenditures: Report expenditures for your current fiscal year.

Research centers listed as "WITHIN an engineering department" on the Research Centers page (screen 7) of the College of Engineering Profile, will not have their expenditures added to the school's total research expenditures. Such expenditures can be included in the department total, while still being listed for the appropriate center. This allows users to list the expenditures in two areas without double-counting.

Graduate

Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering as a research discipline is concerned with the development of new physical and mathematical concepts applicable to problems in biology, medicine, and the organization of health care. Biomedical engineering also deals with more pragmatic problems, such as biomedical use of information systems and development of advanced biomedical instrumentation. The vision of the BME graduate program is to provide the best advanced education to our graduate students such that they are optimally prepared for successful careers in academia, industry, and related fields. The goal of the program is to provide advanced education and research training in quantitative biology, biomaterials, cellular bioengineering, biomedical photonics, medical imaging, biomedical instrumentation, and the scientific principles underlying the origination of diagnostic and therapeutic devices and processes. The program is specifically concerned with the interface between biology, medicine, and the engineering, physical, computing, and mathematical sciences.

Biomedical imaging and the development of in vivo imaging methods with an emphasis on high field magnetic resonance imaging / magnetic resonance spectroscopy, nuclear, ultrasound and optical techniques and their applications in cancer, neuroscience and metabolic diseases; integrated imaging systems and computational approaches to guide surgery and other therapies (technology guided therapy); biophotonics with an emphasis on laser-tissue interaction and spectroscopy for diagnosis of cancer and other disease states; multifunctional nanostructured materials for sensing, reporting and tissue-specific activity in living systems (bionanotechnology); cellular and intracellular bioengineering with an emphasis on cancer therapeutics, regenerative engineering, immunotherapies, biomaterials, mechanobiology, and gene therapy.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate work in chemical engineering provides an opportunity for study and research at the cutting edge - to contribute to shaping a new model of what chemical engineering is and what chemical engineers do. All faculty members in the Department are active in research and direction of graduate student projects, Research is conducted in molecular modeling and simulations, materials, nanotechnology, adsorption/surface chemistry, biotechnology and bioengineering, semiconductor processing, energy, including solar energy, biofuels and fuel cells, and polymer membranes and films.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate work in civil and environmental engineering tackles challenges in the built and the natural world as our faculty and students work together on research that is reshaping the nation’s approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure, clean energy and water, and the cities of the future. Research is performed in the following areas: environmental assessment and novel materials for addressing environmental challenges with water and energy; advanced multi-scale and multi-physics modeling and experimental characterization approaches for developing reliable and sustainable infrastructure materials and systems; statistical modeling and data analysis approaches for risk, reliability, and resilience studies in infrastructure and environmental systems; and, simulation and visualization data analytic techniques to support risk-based decision making at the community, regional and national levels. Our programs’ interdisciplinary partnerships with researchers across the university, throughout the nation and internationally enrich the experience for our students who work at the leading edge of their fields of study in world-class research facilities with state-of-the-art experimental and computational capabilities.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Solid State and Microelectronics: Space radiation effects on electronic and photonic devices; vacuum microelectronics including MEMS-based sensors, using wide-band gap semiconductors such as diamond; characterization, simulation, and modeling of radiation effects and reliability; photonic crystals; biosensing, risk and reliability.

Computer Engineering: Model-integrated computing, software engineering, and real-time systems; performance evaluation of parallel and distributed systems; robotics and computer vision.

Image and Signal Processing: Automatic quantitative analysis of magnetic resonance, X-ray computed tomography, and positron emission tomography images; modeling of physical systems, numerical algorithms and direction finding. Internet of things.

Other research areas: Computer architecture; computational economics. Smart cities. Cubesats.

Computer Science: Algorithms and systems; artificial intelligence, big data; cognitive modeling; computational science; data mining; intelligent systems; machine learning; medical imaging; modeling and analysis of physical systems; performance evaluation; software engineering; middleware; human-computer interaction; computer networking and network security.

Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program

The interdisciplinary materials science program provides a truly multi-disciplinary degree in that all students have co-advisers from the various affiliated departments and schools, and student advisory committees are composed of faculty members from at least three different departments. As such, the breadth of projects available to students spans the broad areas of energy, optics, and health, most of which are addressed from a nanostructured materials point of view. Specific technology areas include, batteries, microelectronics, metamaterials, white-light LEDs, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, drug delivery, and tissue scaffolding, to name a few. Students are prepared to face engineering and scientific challenges that address some of the world’s biggest societal concerns. And due to their multi-disciplinary experience, graduates will be able to bridge scientific borders to solve these materials problems.

Mechanical Engineering

Research in mechanical engineering spans a wide spectrum, including design and control of a wide variety of mechanical systems, novel materials, miniaturized devices, nanotechnology-based energy conversion and storage, computational fluid dynamics, and laser diagnosis of combustion. Our research has significant impacts in areas such as surgical robots, rehabilitation engineering, biomedical microdevices, energetic and bio-materials, nanoscale transport process, photonics and plasmonics, batteries and supercapacitors, and complex flow phenomena. Mechanical engineering faculty members mentor motivated graduate students to pursue cutting-edge research to move the frontiers of mechanical engineering and benefit the society through new scientific discoveries and novel engineering devices.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Biomedical Photonics Center at Vanderbilt University

The mission of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center (VBC) is to establish a trans-institutional initiative in biophotonics research, technology development and education at Vanderbilt University. The center spans across multiple schools (Engineering, Medicine and Arts & Science) and interfaces with existing centers and institutes (VICC, VINSE, VUIIS, VBI, VIIBRE, ViSE) while being anchored in Engineering. The center is focused on targeted educational programs for medical residents, fellows as well as graduate and undergraduate students and provides opportunities for learning for high schools students interested in this area. The research mission is centered around three main areas: 1) Cancer photonics; 2) Neuro-photonics; and 3) Multiscale photonics. Each of these areas builds on existing strengths and will drive biophotonics research at Vanderbilt to the international forefront. The thematic focus of this center is on the development and application of photonic technologies for fundamental discovery and clinical translation in biomedicine.

Center for Intelligent Mechatronics (CIM)

The design and control of electromechanical devices is the primary concern of this center, and research topics often involve the interface and interrelation between the two. The center is focused technically on dynamic systems and control, and the implication of such techniques toward the design of innovative devices. The primary area of application has been in the development of innovative robotics systems. Such projects have included the development of hyper-efficient piezoelectrically actuated resonant mobile robots, the development of novel compliant-mechanism-based multi-degree-of-freedom robot manipulators for scaled telemanipulation, the development of liquid-rocket-propellant-powered self-contained pneumatic robots, and most recently the development of robotic artificial limbs for both upper and lower extremity amputees.

Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP)

CRESP is a university consortium working to advance cost-effective clean-up of the nation's nuclear weapons production waste sites and test facilities by improving the scientific and technical basis of environmental remediation and risk management decisions. Vanderbilt is the lead institution of this multi-institutional effort, and partners include faculty members from Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh, New York University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Howard University, University of Arizona and Oregon State University. CRESP maintains an independent peer review group of national experts to provide operational review capabilities to the Department of Energy and provide peer review of CRESP research when the demand for research results requires information release prior to completion of the normal academic peer review for journal publications.

Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS)

The Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is an internationally renowned research organization focused on advanced technologies for embedded systems and software. From single-vehicle anti-lock braking control systems to large-scale network-centric combat systems, embedded software is playing an ever-greater role in critical infrastructures for such diverse areas as industrial automation, transportation, telecommunications, medical devices, and defense systems. A comprehensive research program at ISIS addresses key aspects of embedded system and software development and is funded by the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and a wide range of commercial companies.

Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE)

The Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) contributes to the design and analysis of radiation-hardened electronics, the development of test methods and plans for assuring radiation hardness, and the development of solutions to system-specific problems related to radiation effects in space and defense systems. The Radiation Effects Group at Vanderbilt was established in 1987 and is the largest program of its kind in the U.S. It is the only academic program actively involved in support of the U.S. Department of Defense in radiation effects for strategic applications and one of a very few programs involved in microelectronics research for space applications. In January 2003, the Radiation-Effects Group established ISDE in order to extend its capabilities to serve government and commercial customers. ISDE is composed of faculty, graduate students, and professional staff, establishing a broad spectrum of theoretical, experimental and industry-standard knowledge. ISDE is developing and applying predictive, radiation-aware simulation tools in support of space and defense system design. ISDE engineers help to identify radiation-related issues at the device and circuit levels, propose design solutions, and implement test plans.

Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management

The Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies is an interdisciplinary program at Vanderbilt under the leadership of faculty from the engineering, business, and law schools. VCEMS is at the forefront of conducting research, disseminating information, and establishing partnerships between industry, government, and academia in the emerging field of "environmental management." Environmental management is the application of strategic and operational methods and practices to achieve environmental protection and sustainability. The vision of VCEMS is implementation of environmental management into the strategic planning process and core business practices within organizations so that it becomes a "business facilitator" instead of a "cost center." Although the means of achieving this goal are varied, VCEMS concentrates on two key elements of any successful environmental management program: the development of meaningful infrastructure in organizations and the identification and mitigation of environmental safety and security risks. The objective is to educate current and future leaders in business, government, and academia in these vital areas.

Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency

Vanderbilt’s Center for Transportation and Operational Resilience was established nearly 30 years ago to provide a focused research platform to address critical infrastructure issues and especially transportation focused areas. Researchers from across the University, but particularly from the School of Engineering, work collaboratively on projects funded by all levels of government, foundations and the private sector. The Center is particularly well known for its work involving risk assessment, management and communication. This includes the development and implementation of methods and practices that bridge the socio-technical nexus to impart knowledge and support stakeholder decision-making. The current research portfolio is focused on freight policy planning and regional flood disaster resilience for units of both federal, state and municipal governments.

Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment (VIEE)

Through a collaborative effort involving research, education and outreach, VIEE considers social, economic, legal and technical aspects of each problem to find solutions that are practical, achievable and cost-effective. A crucial part of our mission is to train the next generation of leaders in the energy and environmental arena so they can lead confidently in the future.

Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE)

This interdisciplinary institute has as its mission to strengthen and broaden the existing foundation of basic research in the biophysical sciences and bioengineering; develop enabling technologies that span these disciplines; provide close articulation of the biophysical sciences and bioengineering with undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate educational programs; and foster programs of outreach to industry, government, and other educational institutions. The Institute is accomplishing this by supporting and enhancing research and undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate education of scientists and engineers who want to master interdisciplinary research at the boundary of engineering, medicine, and the natural sciences. A major thrust is to develop advanced dynamic instruments for quantitative systems biology, which has led to VIIBRE playing a prominent role in the international organs-on-chips community. VIIBRE also operates the Systems Biology Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Experience (SyBBURE), a multi-year, year-round mentoring program, funded by Gideon Searle, that engages thirty undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in cutting edge research and innovation.

Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE)

VISE is an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional entity created to facilitate interaction and exchanges between engineers and physicians. Its mission is to engineer new surgical and interventional methods, techniques, and devices and to translate those innovations from the laboratory to patient care. Its goal is to become the premier center for the training of the next generation of physicians, engineers, and computer scientists capable of working symbiotically on new solutions to complex interventional problems. Ten technical laboratories spanning three engineering departments (Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) department as well as more than 10 clinical departments are affiliated with VISE. Its expertise includes medical robotics, modeling, instrumentation, imaging, and image processing. VISE has developed a training program in surgery and intervention and is offering a graduate certificate in this area.

Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE)

The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary center engaged in theoretical and experimental research in science and engineering at the nanoscale. VINSE supports an extensive infrastructure of materials fabrication and analytical facilities in nanoscale science and engineering. Research encompasses students and faculty in various areas of nanoscience, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary activities.

Vanderbilt Multiscale Modeling and Simulation Center (MuMS)

The Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (MuMS) Center is an interdisciplinary research center with four core faculty members from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The center is focused on the development, deployment and application of methods for modeling phenomena at multiple scales, ranging from the electronic and atomic to the macroscopic. Current focus areas include functional and structural materials, fluid flow in natural and engineered systems, self-assembled biological structures, energy storage devices, and nanoscale lubrication.

Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS)

The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science is a multidisciplinary trans-institutional center which undertakes research in the development and application of new and enhanced biomedical imaging techniques. The Institute occupies 60,000 sq.ft of dedicated research spaces which house a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art instrumentation dedicated to in vivo research imaging at multiple scales, and is organized into 5 Centers. The Center for Small Animal Imaging performs research using high field MRI (up to 15.2T), microPET, microSPECT, microCT, digital X-ray, high frequency ultrasound and optical (fluorescent and bioluminescent) imaging of animals, including non-human primates. The Center for Human Research Imaging performs translational studies using research-dedicated MRI (a 7T and two 3T systems for MRI and multinuclear MRS), PET-CT and ultrasound, as well NIROT, OCT and ERP/EEG studies and clinical trials of MRI-guided HIFU therapy. The Center for Molecular Probes develops novel agents (radionuclides, optical and MR agents) for targeted imaging and contrast enhancement for studies of cellular and molecular processes, including GMP-compliant radio-tracers from an in-house cyclotron for human use. The Center for Computational Imaging develops algorithms for advanced image analysis, processing and integration. The Center for Analytic Software and Mobile Technology develops analytic software and implements applications for web and mobile technology for innovative health-related data presentation and collection. Specialized laboratories are also dedicated to research into hyperpolarized MRI, nuclear imaging instrumentation and ultrasound theranostics. The Institute provides the imaging resources for a large number of collaborating investigators from across Vanderbilt and outside. Specific areas of focus include: Functional and structural brain imaging and spectroscopy; Cancer imaging; Metabolic imaging; Cellular and Molecular imaging; Quantitative imaging biomarkers; Imaging physics; Imaging instrumentation; Image analysis and processing; Image guided therapy, including MRI guided HIFU.

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Subject Areas of Research

Subject Areas

  • Aerothermodynamics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data
  • Biological waste treatment
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical photonics
  • Biomedical signal analysis
  • Biotechnology
  • Cellular bioengineering
  • Combustion and propulsion
  • Composite materials and structures
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computer animation
  • Computer graphics (CAD/CAM)
  • Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Diamond-based electronics
  • Distributed autonomous vehicle control
  • Embedded computing
  • Environmental (air pollution/noise) impacts on transportation
  • Finite element analysis
  • Friction stir welding
  • Geographic information systems in transportation
  • Hazardous waste engineering
  • Hazardous waste transportation routing
  • Hybrid computing
  • Immunoengineering
  • Impact mechanics
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Interactive image-guided surgery
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Jet engine (turbine) combustion
  • Kinematics
  • Lab-on-a-chip technology
  • Liquid droplets
  • Materials
  • Mechanobiology
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical imaging
  • Medical instrumentation
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Microcirculation
  • Microelectronics and integrated circuitry
  • Microfluidics
  • Micromachines
  • Microscale energy transport
  • Middleware
  • Modal analysis
  • Model-integrated computing
  • Molecular modeling and design
  • Multi-scale modeling and simulation
  • Nano-engineering
  • Nano-photonics
  • Nanoscale transport
  • Networked embedded systems and sensor networks
  • Neural engineering
  • Neurophotonics
  • Nondestructive evaluation
  • Nonlinear control theory
  • Nuclear environmental engineering
  • Optics
  • Physical-chemical waste treatment
  • Polymer films and membranes
  • Pulmonary circulation
  • Radiation effects on electronics
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Resilient networks and systems
  • Risk and reliability
  • Robotics and mechatronics
  • Security
  • Smart cities
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Solar energy conversion
  • Solid-state electronics
  • Structural dynamics
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Surface chemistry and adsorption
  • Surgical engineering
  • System diagnostics
  • Telerobotics
  • Tissue engineering
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Water quality management
  • Welding control and analysis
  • Wireless sensor networks

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Dual Degrees

Graduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Accelerated Graduate Program in Engineering Students who enter Vanderbilt with a significant number of credits (20 to 30 hours), earned either through Advanced Placement Tests or in college courses taken during high school, may be eligible for the Accelerated Graduate Program in Engineering. Through this program, a student is able to earn both a bachelor’s degree and an M.S. degree in about the same time required for the bachelor’s degree. To be eligible for the program a student must complete 86 hours (senior standing) by the end of the sophomore year with at least a 3.5 grade point average. With the approval of the faculty in their major department, students apply through the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for provisional admission and take one course approved for graduate credit each semester of the junior year. These courses will be credited toward theM.S. degree. Upon successful completion of these courses, the student is admitted to the Graduate School. During the fourth year the student takes three courses (9 hours) for graduate credit each semester, and the remaining 6 to 10 undergraduate hours required for the bachelor’s degree. The student receives the bachelor’s degree at the end of the fourth year and spends the summer finishing a master’s thesis to complete the M.S. degree. Further information can be obtained from the chair of the student’s major department.

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Student Appointments

Appointments by Department

Appointments - Number of Appointments
Stipend - Average Monthly Stipend

Department Fellowships TA RA Other Total Appts.
Biomedical Engineering
Appointments: 14 20 39 0 73
Stipends: $2,576 $2,350 $2,441 $0
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Appointments: 3 14 28 0 45
Stipends: $2,833 $2,350 $2,408 $0
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Appointments: 10 13 21 0 44
Stipends: $2,317 $2,350 $2,224 $0
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Appointments: 8 41 91 0 140
Stipends: $2,460 $2,350 $2,351 $0
Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program
Appointments: 4 8 3 0 15
Stipends: $2,512 $2,350 $2,350 $0
Mechanical Engineering
Appointments: 11 15 35 0 61
Stipends: $2,789 $2,350 $2,341 $0
All Total Appointments 50 111 217 0 378