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October, 2013

45th anniversary recognizes one of earliest U.S. biomedical engineering programs

Oct. 14, 2013—One of the earliest biomedical engineering programs in the United States, Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is celebrating its 45th anniversary as a program and its 25th anniversary as a department in the School of Engineering. BME Week, commemorating these two milestones, kicks off Monday, Oct. 21, with a Birthday Bash, 2:30 to 4 p.m....

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Miga joins editorial board of new medical imaging journal

Oct. 13, 2013—Michael Miga, professor of biomedical engineering, will serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Imaging, a new publication of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. The journal will launch in early 2014 and cover fundamental and translational research and applications focused on photonics in medical imaging. JMI will be published...

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A conversation with community entrepreneurs

Oct. 11, 2013—Great ideas, or great businesses, aren’t developed in a vacuum. The Vanderbilt Center for Student Professional Development is hosting – Innovation, Imagination, Introductions: A Conversation with Community Entrepreneurs – Oct. 24, 3-5 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Students will have the opportunity to mingle with entrepreneurs in the Nashville community and hear about their...

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Study abroad programs added for Madrid and Tel Aviv

Oct. 9, 2013—The School of Engineering and the Global Education Office recently added two new study abroad programs in Madrid and Tel Aviv. GEO provides educational opportunities abroad that are well integrated into the Vanderbilt curriculum. As a result, Vanderbilt sends undergraduate engineers abroad at a 20 percent rate well above the nearly four percent national average....

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Synthetic biology pioneer to deliver Hall Engineering Lecture Oct. 23

Oct. 7, 2013—James J. Collins will present his ground-breaking work in synthetic biology as guest speaker in the 2013-2014 John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series. The Hall Lecture is part of a weeklong series of events commemorating 45 years of biomedical engineering education at Vanderbilt, and the 25th anniversary of the BME department. The...

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Alumnus to lead ASME in 2014

Oct. 7, 2013—Mechanical engineering alumnus J. Robert Sims Jr. (BE’63) will serve as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for 2014-2015. Sims, of Basking Ridge, N.J., is a senior engineering fellow with Becht Engineering Company Inc. He is a renowned authority in risk-based technologies, high pressure equipment, mechanical integrity evaluation and Fitness-For-Service analysis, including brittle...

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Vanderbilt wins top prize in second hurdle of Spectrum Challenge

Oct. 4, 2013—After two days of live competition, a team of engineers from Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems emerged as a top winner for their prototype software-defined radio that can communicate in adverse spectrum environments, and earned a $25,000 prize. The preliminary matches, held in mid-September in Arlington, Va., included 15 teams selected to enter the...

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Colonoscopy improvement leads to venture with NSF support

Oct. 4, 2013—For Byron Smith, his engineering graduate research was personal. After losing his father to cancer, he was eager to explore ways to make colonoscopy less dreaded and increase the number of people who get screened for colorectal cancer each year. His dedication has led to a new venture – EndoInSight – and a National Science...

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