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Getting robotic surgical tools from the lab to the operating room

May. 8, 2018—Nabil Simaan’s Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications Laboratory at Vanderbilt leads the way in advancing several robotics technologies for medical use, including miniature robots for single small-incision, cochlear implant and minimally invasive throat surgeries.

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Ultrasound helmet would make live images, brain-machine interface possible

May. 8, 2018—Vanderbilt professor Brett Byram plans to use a grant from the National Science Foundation to utilize machine learning for the delivery of better real-time brain images, an advance decades in the making.

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Expert: Autonomous vehicles could help traffic, but not anytime soon

Apr. 30, 2018—Engineer Dan Work says his promising research shows adding autonomous vehicles to roadways could end the stop-and-go traffic that drives commuters insane.

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From fresh drone batteries to clean water, Design Day presents solutions

Apr. 25, 2018—Sixty teams of graduating seniors packed the Student Life Center for the School of Engineerin's annual Design Day, inviting hundreds of advisers, professors and fellow students to see their work.

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Class of 2018: Elizabeth Lee explores identity through an original web comic

Apr. 18, 2018—Elizabeth Lee identifies as many things. She’s a mechanical engineering major, a proud Asian American, and a woman working in the STEM fields. To give a clearer voice to these identities, Lee created a web comic called “Existing Quietly, Living Loudly.”

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From 3-D printed bones to refueling drones, check out Design Day April 23

Apr. 18, 2018—This year’s Senior Design Day showcase is Monday, April 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Student Life Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Design competition aims to assist laryngectomy patients

Mar. 29, 2018—The first annual LaryHacks, a competition to design innovative devices, apps or methods to assist laryngectomy patients who have had their voice boxes removed, has been set for Thursday, April 12, 5 to 8 p.m., in the Wond’ry, 2414 Highland Ave. in the Vanderbilt University Engineering and Science building.

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Ph.D. student argues for early intervention in reading trouble, takes 3MT top prize

Mar. 26, 2018—In its sixth year at Vanderbilt, the Three Minute Thesis competition drew 49 students mostly from engineering and the sciences, but future history, religion and English Ph.D.s participated as well.

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Vanderbilt experts showcase research at second transit forum

Feb. 26, 2018—The second installment of the spring transit forum series, held Feb. 23, featured four Vanderbilt professors sharing findings that brought further context to Nashville's proposed transit plan.

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Two engineering professors named American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics fellows

Feb. 23, 2018—Robert W. Pitz and Sankaran Mahadevan are members of the 2018 class of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics fellows. They join 20 other members from academia, industry and government honored by the AIAA.

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Spinach protein and blackberry dye give juice to biohybrid solar cells

Feb. 23, 2018—Combining a natural dye from blackberries with photosynthetic proteins extracted from spinach leaves increases the voltage of biohybrid solar cells by a factor of 20.

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Weiss, Mahadevan-Jansen honored by OSA; Weiss also named SPIE Fellow

Feb. 20, 2018—Engineering professors Sharon Weiss and  Anita Mahadevan-Jansen have been named fellows of The Optical Society (OSA), a leading international association for optics and photonics. In addition, Weiss has been named a fellow of SPIE, the international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.

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