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September, 2010

Pantelides named University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering

Sep. 30, 2010—Sokrates Pantelides, William A. & Nancy F. McMinn Professor of Physics and professor of electrical engineering, has been named a University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering. A reception in his honor was hosted by Dean of Arts and Science Carolyn Dever and Dean of the School of Engineering Kenneth F. Galloway at the University...

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Alumni Electrical Engineering and Computer Science News

Schrimpf honored with Best Oral Presentation award at RADECS conference

Sep. 29, 2010—Professor of Electrical Engineering Ronald Schrimpf  co-authored and received the Best Oral Presentation Award at the 2009 Radiation and its Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS) conference which was held in Bruges, Belgium. The paper entitled “Modeling of Ionizing Radiation-Induced Degradation in Multiple Gate Field Effect Transistors,” was co-authored by I.S. Esqueda, H. J. Barnaby,University...

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Nabil Simaan receives prestigious Benjamins Award for 2010

Sep. 28, 2010—, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has received the 2010 Benjamins Award. The Benjamins Award is given by the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS) and is regarded by many as the most impressive international award by the Otolaryngology society.  Simaan and his research partners won the award for their work on robotic insertions of steerable...

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Alumni Mechanical Engineering News Research

Robert E. Smith was leader in aeronautical systems, Distinguished Alumnus

Sep. 27, 2010—Robert E. Smith, Jr., 81, of Manchester, a retired executive who held numerous positions with Sverdrup Technology, Inc., died Sept. 25, 2010 after a brief illness. Smith received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1951 and his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee...

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Alumni Mechanical Engineering News

Engineering alumnus and racecar driver Brad Jaeger BE’07 Edison2 team wins fuel-efficient car top prize

Sep. 24, 2010—Teams from Virginia, North Carolina and Winterthur, Switzerland, with roots in the world of auto racing have won the first Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, the $10 million competition aimed at advancing the technology for more fuel-efficient vehicles. One of the two Edison2 Very Light Car models, whose design took first place, was driven by...

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Alumni Mechanical Engineering News

School of Engineering recruits 4 new faculty members

Sep. 20, 2010—The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering announces the appointment of four new faculty members to its full-time teaching staff. They are Melissa Skala, Jason Valentine, Nabil Simaan and Matthew Lang. Assistant professor of biomedical engineering Melissa Skala focuses her research on optical spectroscopy and nanotechnology for cancer diagnosis and therapy. She joins the department’s Biomedical...

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Giorgio delivers invited talk at IEEE international conference in Argentina

Sep. 16, 2010—Todd D. Giorgio, professor and chair of the biomedical engineering department, delivered an invited talk at the 32nd annual international conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Buenos Aries, Argentina, Sept. 1-4. His title – Medical School Influence on Biomedical Engineering Research and Teaching – was part of  “Technology Commercialization, Education,...

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Vanderbilt engineers, neurosurgeon develop database, software that improves Parkinson’s surgery

Sep. 14, 2010—As reported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) For patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, simple activities such as drinking a cup of coffee or walking to the dinner table present a challenge. Their limbs jerk or move without control. Medication can ease these symptoms, but over time the...

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