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Nissan values fresh eyes on assembly plant design challenges

Jul. 10, 2018—For more than five years, Nissan North America has sponsored engineering senior design projects share the goal of improving safety, workflow and efficiency its assembly plant in Smyrna, TN. Mark Larson, the manager for Nissan’s Integrated Factory Automation Engineering, welcomes fresh eyes on a problem each year. “Having folks with no experience in an automotive...

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Mechanical engineering student dives into conservation with Seychelles internship

Jul. 9, 2018—Jillian Bremner is steering beyond her academic focus this summer to explore her passions for scuba diving and ocean conservation, with the aim of eventually combining engineering with a marine career. A rising junior mechanical engineering major from Colorado, Bremner is spending eight weeks volunteering for Global Vision International (GVI) on the island of Mahe...

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NSF I-Corps program gives boost to commercializing prosthetic ankle

Jul. 9, 2018—The first team to finish the National Science Foundation’s National Innovation Corps program from Vanderbilt University’s new I-Corps site is planning to take its smart prosthetic ankle to market. Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, graduate student Harrison Bartlett and postdoctoral scholar Brian Lawson...

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Oak Ridge and Vanderbilt come together to explore cellular processes

Jul. 6, 2018—Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are combining their expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computation to explore transformative, interdisciplinary ways to study complex cellular processes to tackle some of the most pressing problems in biology. “ORNL and Vanderbilt researchers have complementary strengths,” said Padma Raghavan, vice...

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ORAU award supports Vanderbilt engineer’s research on 2D nanomaterials

Jul. 5, 2018—An engineering professor whose nanomaterials research, particularly materials that are one atom thick, has received a competitive research grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is one of 35 junior faculty nationwide to win a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, which provides funds to enrich...

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CREATE labs recognized for impact of National Biomechanics Day event

Jun. 28, 2018—For the second year, the School of Engineering’s biomechanics and assistive rehabilitation labs have received top honors for an event that introduces young students to a dynamic field that includes exoskeletons, sports and prosthetics. Vanderbilt had one of three events recognized for “Greatest Impact” among the 150 held across the globe to mark National Biomechanics...

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Fellowship extends Ndukaife’s lab-on-chip work to Nigeria

Jun. 26, 2018—An award-winning Vanderbilt School of Engineering researcher will work with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka on development and testing of a lab-on-a-chip device for isolation and concentration of e-coli bacteria. Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Justus Ndukaife has used plasmonics to develop a new kind of nanotweezers that can rapidly trap and detect molecules, viruses...

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Smart prosthetic ankle moves with user over rough terrain

Jun. 26, 2018—It’s virtually impossible to know Mike Sasser’s left leg is a prosthetic one – after a decade of practice, he moves surely and swiftly through his busy days as a consultant and father. But when Sasser encounters uneven ground or a flight of stairs, he focuses very hard on balance, because that’s when using a...

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