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Author: Heidi Hall

VandyHacks draws students from across Southeast for weekend of invention

Oct. 5, 2015—A team of Vanderbilt seniors won first place at the three-day VandyHacks event held Oct. 2-4 at Sarratt Student Center. The invention marathon attracted 250 participants from Vanderbilt, Purdue, Georgia Institute of Technology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a number of other mostly Southeastern schools.

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VenoStent, PinPtr edge closer to market with boost from $200K AIR-TT grants

Oct. 1, 2015—Two innovative but very different products designed by Vanderbilt University engineers are getting a financial push onto the market, thanks to National Science Foundation Accelerating Innovation Research–Technology Translation (AIR-TT) grants of about $200,000 each.

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Sztipanovits builds on ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Industrial Internet’ for the next tech revolution

Aug. 18, 2015—Janos Sztipanovits wants to connect the whole world to the internet--and that means not just people, but clothes dryers, traffic lights and smoke detectors, too.

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Zelik, team discover hip, foot muscles more important to walking than previously thought

Jul. 13, 2015—In his effort to develop better prosthetic limbs, Karl Zelik had to start with deciphering more clearly how muscles function in walking. His path not only led to a better way of quantifying human locomotion, but also to the discovery that muscles around the hip and in the foot are more important to walking than previously thought.

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Vanderbilt researcher’s look at fatty liver disease hits home with dad’s diagnosis

Jun. 11, 2015—Jamey Young, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, wants to learn more about the estimated 5-10 percent of people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease who never develop its deadliest complications in the hopes of developing new treatments.

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VU’s improved drought-measuring tool could help shape policy

May. 27, 2015—A more specific drought-measuring formula created by a group of Vanderbilt University environmental engineers could have implications for emergency planning, federal relief payouts and drought mitigation efforts.

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Vanderbilt undergrads create Bazaar, a Craigslist for universities only

Apr. 27, 2015—Just in time for college move-out season, two Vanderbilt University computer science seniors are introducing an app that should make selling all those textbooks, beanbag chairs and outdated laptops a lot easier.

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Jack Minardi’s advanced 3-D electronics printer grabs national spotlight

Apr. 14, 2015—Jack Minardi’s work represents a huge step in a technology known for making giant leaps. Minardi, BE’12, is co-founder and software engineering lead for Voxel8, developer of a custom-electronics-producing 3-D printer that is a darling of tech media, attracting attention from Wired and Popular Mechanics. Fast Company named it one of The 9 Best Ideas from the 2015 Consumer Electronics...

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Paralyzed by accident, grad student engineers his future with exoskeleton

Feb. 26, 2015—Andrew Ekelem, who has used a wheelchair since a college snowboarding accident, brings an invaluable perspective to the lab of mechanical engineer Michael Goldfarb.

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Environmental engineer visits home to help rice farmers overcome drought

Feb. 19, 2015—Vanderbilt environmental engineering graduate student Thushara Gunda returned to her native Sri Lanka to learn how South Asian rice farmers can adapt to drought and grow the highest yields possible.

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Better, faster, stronger: Tennis great researching prosthetics that push the limits

Feb. 4, 2015—College tennis champ Eric Honert is focusing on a new challenge as a graduate student in mechanical engineering: building a better prosthetic toe.

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Engineering alum’s 3-D printer grabs attention at Consumer Electronics Show

Jan. 27, 2015—There’s little sign that the Voxel8 team is just back from impressing visitors to this month’s Consumer Electronics Show. But talk to co-founder and software engineering lead Jack Minardi (EE’12), and the excitement becomes apparent.

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