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7th-10th graders, parents to explore surgical robotics, advanced prosthetics at daylong Vanderbilt workshop

Nov. 9, 2010—Snake robots will perform palpation of mockup tumors followed by a demonstration of a snake robot that’s sensitive to touch. A parallel robot system will demonstrate its value for eye surgery and cochlear implant surgery. On Saturday, Nov. 13, a daylong program designed to showcase the role of mechanical engineering in the future of healthcare...

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Alumni Mechanical Engineering News


Vanderbilt professors find that students learn by tutoring virtual peers

Nov. 8, 2010—Education Week recently reported that educators have long held that peer tutoring can help students learn and emerging research on students working with computer characters points to one possible reason why: Teaching begets learning for the teachers. Researchers at Stanford University’s AAA Lab and Vanderbilt University’s Teachable Agents Group call it the “protégé effect,” which...

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science News Research


Peter Cummings receives AIChE Award

Nov. 8, 2010—Peter T. Cummings, the John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering, has received the Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The award was presented on Nov. 7 in Salt Lake City at AIChE’s annual meeting. Cummings was recognized along with 15 other...

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Alumni Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering News Research


Engineering alumna named Cracker Barrel president and COO

Nov. 5, 2010—Cracker Barrel Old Country Store named its current chief financial officer and executive vice president as president and chief operations officer on Nov. 3. Cochran, former CEO of Books-A-Million, joined the restaurant chain last year. Cochran holds a chemical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration from Pacific Lutheran University. Following...

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Alumni Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering News


Sztipanovits receives Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal for defense projects

Oct. 30, 2010—Janos Sztipanovits, E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering, received the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal and a Citation at the 2010 banquet of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Oct. 6 in Arlington, Va. The Meritorious Civilian Service Award is commonly the second highest award and medal provided to civilian employees within...

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Alumni Electrical Engineering and Computer Science News


Students place in poster competition at 11th annual Nano Day forum

Oct. 29, 2010—The 11th Annual Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum was held Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium in Featheringill Hall. Three engineering students placed among the top three spots in poster competition. Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE), the event is an annual forum for faculty, postdoctoral students and...

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Biomedical Engineering Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Mechanical Engineering News Research


Biomedical professors Anderson and Jansen elected into AIMBE’s College of Fellows

Oct. 27, 2010—Adam Anderson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and E. Duco Jansen, professor of biomedical engineering, have been elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Recipients of this honor, considered one of the highest in the biomedical engineering discipline, are chosen for exceptional leadership and achievements in medical and...

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Alumni Biomedical Engineering News Research


Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus Award bestowed on business leaders, Vanderbilt cardiologist

Oct. 22, 2010—Vanderbilt engineering alumni Andre Churchwell, W. Hibbett Neel Jr., and J. Roy Wauford Jr. each received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering during the School’s annual Engineering Celebration Dinner held Oct. 21 at the university’s Student Life Center. The School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes distinguished achievement, significant service and excellent...

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