Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally renowned research university located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee.  Its 10 distinct schools share a single cohesive campus that nurtures interdisciplinary activities.  The School of Engineering currently comprises 90 tenured and tenure-track faculty, operates with an annual budget of over $100 million including $70 million of externally funded research, and teaches 1,300 undergraduate and over 400 graduate students.  The School of Engineering over the past decade has been on a strong upward trajectory in its national and international stature and prominence, and is in a period of growth in terms of faculty and facilities. In the 2014 rankings of graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report, the School ranks 3rd among programs with fewer than 100 faculty.  Faculty from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering lead several thriving research centers and institutes including the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation, Institute for Energy and Environment, and Graduate Studies in Reliability and Risk Engineering and Management.  The addition of the new 20,000 square feet Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability for full-scale testing offers a unique opportunity for bringing together computational and physical experiments to help solve major problems in energy, security, and other areas of importance to society.


With a metro population of approximately 1.5 million people, Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine, was designated the South’s Red Hot Town by TIME magazine, was ranked as the number one most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine, and was identified by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years.

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