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September, 2012

Engineering School holds at No. 34 in U.S. News rankings

Sep. 12, 2012—Vanderbilt School of Engineering remained No. 34 on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of the nation’s top undergraduate engineering programs at doctoral institutions. U.S. News released online today its annual rankings of the United States’ best colleges and universities. For the fourth straight year, Vanderbilt University holds the No. 17 position. Vanderbilt shares...

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Mechanical engineering team wins Wyss-IEEE award for robotic leg prosthesis

Sep. 11, 2012—Two mechanical engineering graduate students and their professor have received the Wyss Institute-IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Award for Translational Research for their work on a robotic leg prosthesis, selected from submissions by biomedical engineers and scientists from academic institutions worldwide. Brian E. Lawson and Amanda M. Huff, with Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort...

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Simaan receives award for best conference paper at international medical imaging forum

Sep. 10, 2012—Nabil Simaan, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received second place for best conference paper at the 2012 SPIE Medical Imaging conference in San Diego, Calif. for his submission, “Enabling technologies for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (N.O.T.E.S) using robotically guided elasticity imaging.” The SPIE Medical Imaging meeting is the internationally recognized premier forum for reporting...

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Tech talk on Mathematica 8 is Sept. 13

Sep. 10, 2012—A representative from Wolfram Research, the maker of Mathematica, will give a free tech talk about Mathematica 8 on Thursday, Sept. 13. Mathematica is a computational software program used in scientific, engineering and mathematical fields and other areas of technical computing. Troy Schaudt will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Stevenson Center, Room...

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New data mining benefits learning science, earns award

Sep. 6, 2012—A new exploratory data mining technique for identifying important student learning behaviors and strategies is grabbing entrepreneurial interest and kudos from the international community. John Kinnebrew, a research associate at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems, and Professor Gautam Biswas in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, received the “Best Paper Award” at the...

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New technique spikes surge in spinach power

Sep. 5, 2012—An interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a way to combine the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon, the material used in solar cells, in a fashion that produces substantially more electrical current than has been reported by previous “biohybrid” solar cells. The research was reported online on Sep....

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NSF funding boosts VIEE Sri Lanka project

Sep. 4, 2012—The small island nation of Sri Lanka exemplifies some of the worst conditions and best responses to the world’s environmental challenges. Located in Southern Asia off the coast of India, Sri Lanka is about the size of West Virginia. The country’s climate, terrain, natural resources and socio-political conditions combine to present a microcosm of how...

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Simaan invited to participate in NSF workshop

Sep. 3, 2012—Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nabil Simaan was invited to participate in the second annual Road-mapping Workshop on U.S.  Medical and Healthcare Systems sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. The highly interactive workshop held in July 2012 produced the U.S. road-mapping document. This manuscript is...

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