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Engineering and Technology

What I did over winter break: Engineers continue cutting-edge research

Jan. 6, 2015—Relieved undergrads jetted off for winter break a few weeks ago, leaving the halls at the School of Engineering almost unnervingly empty. But anyone in need of company could find labs full of Ph.D. candidates hard at work on their research.

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Engineering students’ invention may improve safety for women in India

Dec. 19, 2014—A diverse group of engineering undergrads horrified by a report of violent attacks on Indian women who were walking to toilet facilities came up with an alternative. Their project has the potential to change lives in nations where plumbing is considered a luxury.

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Pantelides elected electrical engineering association fellow

Dec. 9, 2014—Sokrates Pantelides has been elected a 2015 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His election brings the total number of IEEE fellows on campus to a dozen.

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Aerospace Club works on simulated Mars sample recovery vehicle for NASA competition

Dec. 9, 2014—The Vanderbilt Aerospace Club, defending champions in the NASA Student Launch Challenge for the past two years, is tackling the agency’s 2014-15 design challenge.

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Zelik explores biological mechanisms behind human movement

Dec. 4, 2014—Karl Zelik's Biomechanics and Assistive Technology laboratory is dedicated to locomotion—in particular, to understanding the mechanisms of human locomotion and using engineering to improve movement and mobility for people with impairments.

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Coffee-ring diagnostic offers hope in poorest regions

Dec. 3, 2014—Using the same mechanism that causes evaporating coffee to leave a ring behind, an interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt researchers is designing a simple blood test to diagnose malaria in the developing world without electricity or special training.

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How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats

Nov. 21, 2014—The most detailed aerodynamic simulation of hummingbird flight conducted to date demonstrates that it achieves its aerobatic abilities through a unique set of aerodynamic forces.

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Vanderbilt researchers’ work passes computing society’s test of time

Nov. 13, 2014—Vanderbilt computer scientists have been awarded the Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems' Test of Time Award, given to papers making long-lasting academic and practical impacts that were published at least 10 years ago.

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Vanderbilt team examines human factors in nuclear power plant operations

Nov. 13, 2014—A multidisciplinary Vanderbilt team with deep experience in improving patient safety and technology usability has received a three-year, $800,000 Department of Energy grant to help nuclear power plant operators better perform their jobs.

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Vanderbilt developer says Music City Center wayfinding app is just the start

Nov. 12, 2014—Jules White's new wayfinder app for iPhone and Android will provide photo-based, step-by-step directions for navigating Nashville's 1.2 million-square-foot, 16-acre Music City Center.

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Improving breast cancer chemo by testing tumors in a dish

Oct. 28, 2014—A team of biomedical engineers has developed a new "tumor-in-a-dish" technology that promises to improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

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Vanderbilt students travel to Washington, D.C., for science policy event

Oct. 27, 2014—Vanderbilt students explored the opportunities and challenges of setting policy on federal issues and advocacy related to science, technology, engineering and math during a two-day immersion event last week in Washington, D.C.

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