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MEDIA ADVISORY: ‘Smart’ anti-tip system for manual wheelchairs, improved ergonomics for Nissan Atlimas and Maximas and an anthropomorphic robot hand showcased at Vanderbilt’s Engineering Senior Design Day

Vanderbilt engineering seniors will display their innovations Tuesday, April 22, during the School of Engineering‘s Senior Design Day, which is open to the public.

More than 50 projects will be displayed and demonstrated – ranging from a ‘smart’ anti-tip system for a manual wheelchair to improved ergonomics for Nissan Altimas and Maximas – from 3 to 5 p.m. at Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall Atrium. The design projects were selected by teams of seniors and sponsored by a variety of Middle Tennessee companies and agencies. The seniors met with their sponsoring companies to select a problem of interest to the company and worked throughout the year to design solutions.

Senior Design Day showcases the solutions and prototypes the seniors built. Other projects include:

  • A right hand for the university’s Intelligent Soft-Arm Control robot (ISAC);
  • A vertical workstation that allows you to stand or walk on a treadmill;
  • Sound therapy prototype – music to potentially benefit Alzheimer’s patients, those with developmental disabilities, people with acute or chronic pain, and others;
  • Smart home automation for energy conservation.
WHAT: Senior Design Day

WHERE: Featheringill Hall. A map is available at

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 3-5 p.m.

Media Contacts: Brenda Ellis, (615) 343-6314

David F. Salisbury, (615) 343-6803