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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

Apr. 21, 2008—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.

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Vanderbilt engineers part of $2.8 million grant to link war fighters to global information grid

Feb. 27, 2008—A computer freeze-up in the office is a hassle. In a fighter jet peppered with enemy fire, it\'s a crisis. Getting the increasingly large and complex systems people have come to rely on to interface and interact without shutting down has been the focus of engineering professor Doug Schmidt\'s career.

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Managing nuclear wastes for the millennia

Dec. 17, 2007—U.S. Courts have decreed that the federal government must come up with a system for managing nuclear wastes that will ensure the safety of the public and environment for one million years, a period that is 200 times the length of recorded history.

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DENSO gift powers new biodiesel testing facility

Dec. 3, 2007—The Vanderbilt School of Engineering will soon have a new state-of-the-art biodiesel testing facility, thanks to a $100,000 gift from the DENSO North America Foundation.

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Engineering professor creates animated science education program

Dec. 3, 2007—An animated computer program created by a Vanderbilt University professor of computer science and computer engineering is being used in Nashville public school classrooms to teach science to middle school students. But the teachable agent called Betty‘s Brain does much more; it also teaches students how to learn.

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Rocket-powered mechanical arm could revolutionize prosthetics

Aug. 20, 2007—Combine a mechanical arm with a miniature rocket motor: The result is a prosthetic device that is the closest thing yet to a bionic arm.

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Mobile pollution sensors to be developed at Vanderbilt using Microsoft grant

Apr. 9, 2007—Vanderbilt engineers have won an award from Microsoft Corp. to develop a real-time, online, detailed and accurate picture of air quality in large metropolitan areas like Nashville. The mobile air quality monitoring system will make it possible to monitor air quality more accurately than the current system of fixed stations performing low-resolution sampling by including car-mounted sensors that measure, process and report emission levels.

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Vanderbilt research targets chemical and biological weapon detection

Jan. 26, 2007— Vanderbilt University researchers, in conjunction with colleagues at several other institutions, are working on a project that promises significant improvement in the control of proteins for a number of uses, including the detection of chemical and biological weapons.

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Raindrop research improves understanding of water erosion

Jan. 19, 2007— There is a dark side to even the humble raindrop. A single drop is harmless, but when billions of raindrops from a cloudburst fall on bare soil they strike like billions of tiny hammers, dislodging tons of soil per acre which is carried away by surface runoff.

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