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December, 2016

New Wond’ry makerspace, design class boost children’s hospital solutions

Dec. 22, 2016—Solutions to real-life problems at Vanderbilt’s children’s hospital ranged from the delightfully whimsical to the disarmingly simple, with MBA students, engineering undergraduates and an anthropology major teaming up in a state-of-the-art makerspace. The New Product Design and Development course, offered for 15 years by David Owens, professor for the practice of management and innovation, got...

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Fresh from company launch and I-Corps, Webster passes lessons along

Dec. 15, 2016—Robert Webster III launched his first company, Virtuoso Surgical, in April. He completed the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program for new tech companies in early August. And by the start of classes, the associate professor of mechanical and electrical engineering was passing along the lessons he learned to eight young entrepreneurs in a new class....

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Dean Philippe Fauchet is elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 13, 2016—Vanderbilt School of Engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of...

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Seven young faculty to watch

Dec. 5, 2016—Impressive grants, cutting-edge research hallmark of recent hires The School of Engineering is stepping up recruiting efforts to ensure a continued pipeline of talented young professors, with administration increasing its focus on creating a diverse faculty. This year, the school unveiled its Emerging Scholars in Engineering Lecture series, a recruiting tool for members of groups...

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NIH’s chief of translational tech is fifth annual VISE Symposium speaker

Dec. 5, 2016—An engineering symposium dedicated to translational technology will host a national figure in that field as its keynote speaker, plus give visitors a first look at the devices coming out of Vanderbilt’s labs. Dr. Christopher P. Austin, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, will speak at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in Light...

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Malin, Wan are winners in health data privacy competition

Dec. 1, 2016—A two-member team from Vanderbilt has won the 2016 iDASH Healthcare Privacy Protection Challenge, a competition open to international participants and devoted this year to privacy protection for genome analysis in a cloud computing environment. The competition’s two other winning teams were in large part composed of members from industry giants Microsoft and IBM. Zhiyu...

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