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Nashville Scene Innovations 2013: How soon is NAO

Aug. 9, 2013—Vanderbilt researchers reprogrammed a humanoid robot and an XBox Kinect to help autistic children improve their abilities to engage in social interactions. Nilanjan Sarkar, professor of mechanical and computer engineering, is quoted.

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Nashville Scene Innovations 2013: MOOC Synthesizer

Aug. 9, 2013—Vanderbilt University seeks to be on the leading edge of the MOOC field with the opening of its Institute for Digital Learning.

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Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots

Aug. 8, 2013—Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University.

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Industry Week: Are engineering schools the unsung hero in America’s industrial rebound?

Aug. 1, 2013—Groundbreaking research, cutting-edge systems and university partnerships with industry and government have resulted in new technologies and paradigms that have transformed American industry, and will continue to bolster American competitiveness for the next decade, writes Philippe Fauchet, dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

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Collaboration between Vanderbilt and startup Femtometrix leads to exclusive deal

Jul. 18, 2013—An innovative wafer inspection tool developed by a team of Vanderbilt professors and engineers has been licensed exclusively to startup company Femtometrix.

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Summer interns produce aids for amateur inventors

Jul. 18, 2013—Seven Nashville high school students spent their summer working on introductory manuals for a new suite of software developed at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems to democratize the vehicle design process.

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Fyffe wins first place in DOE fuel cycle research competition

Jul. 15, 2013—Lindsey Morgan Fyffe, a doctoral student in environmental engineering, has been awarded a first place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards competition.

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Vanderbilt engineering grad student wins NASA fellowship

Jul. 11, 2013—Engineering graduate student Electa Baker is one of 65 individuals selected as 2013 NASA Space Technology Fellows.

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Krahn receives U.S. academy’s environmental engineering certification

Jul. 9, 2013—Steven L. Krahn, professor of the practice of nuclear environmental engineering, has been accepted by eminence into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member in the specialty practice of hazardous waste management.

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Vanderbilt wins $9.3M DARPA contract to evolve tools for military vehicle design

May. 1, 2013—Vanderbilt University engineers in the Institute for Software Integrated Systems have been awarded a $9.3 million contract over two years to continue their work to mature META tools that are part of a flagship Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) program.

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Tracking gunfire with a smartphone

Apr. 25, 2013—A team of computer engineers from Vanderbilt University’s Institute of Software Integrated Systems has developed an inexpensive hardware module and related software that can transform an Android smartphone into a simple shooter location system.

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Aerospace club wins payload design category of annual NASA rocket contest

Apr. 22, 2013—For the fourth year in a row, the Best Payload Design award went to the Vanderbilt Aerospace Club in the 12th annual NASA University Student Launch Initiative Sunday, April 21, in a field at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala. This is the sixth year the club has entered the national rocketry competition.

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