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Anita Mahadevan-Jansen elected National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Dec. 3, 2019—Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. The NAI Fellows Selection Committee chose Mahadevan-Jansen, a professor of biomedical engineering, for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of...

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Simaan honored as IEEE Fellow for robotics advancements

Dec. 2, 2019—Nabil Simaan, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow by the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The award – effective January 1, 2020 – recognizes Simaan for contributions to dexterous continuum robotics for surgery. Technologies developed by his group have advanced surgical robotics by enabling steerable...

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Structural monitoring pioneer Douglas Adams named AAAS Fellow

Nov. 26, 2019—Douglas Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Professor, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for extraordinary research contributions in experimental nonlinear dynamic systems with societal impacts in the energy, national security and manufacturing sectors. AAAS also cited Adams, Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for influential academic leadership....

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Eminent molecular theorist Clare McCabe named AAAS Fellow

Nov. 26, 2019—Clare McCabe, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for sustained excellence and novel contributions to molecular theory and simulation and for distinguished service to the field of chemical engineering. In research, McCabe is one of the most visible members of the molecular...

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Microelectronics master Dan Fleetwood named AAAS Fellow

Nov. 26, 2019—Daniel M. Fleetwood, Olin H. Landreth Professor of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the field of microelectronics reliability, particularly for enhancing the understanding of defects, radiation response and low-frequency noise. He is considered one of the first scientists to identify the...

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Researchers advance image-guided robotic surgical tools for delicate eye procedures

Nov. 21, 2019—Molecular, gene and cell-based therapies targeting eye diseases could prevent and potentially reverse cell degeneration that leads to loss of sight. However, delivering injections safely and accurately into targeted ocular layers remain concerns that affect the advancement of life-changing new treatments. To address the safety and reliability challenges, researchers in the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery...

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A four-way switch promises greater tunability of layered materials

Nov. 19, 2019—A scientific team from Vanderbilt University and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The discovery breaks new ground in the study of ferroelectricity, a characteristic of certain dielectric materials used in high-technology applications. The team made...

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Students tap engineering and empathy skills to help kids with special needs

Nov. 18, 2019—Inspired to make a child’s life better through engineering and design, students from Vanderbilt, occupational therapists and professional engineers worked for three days straight—with little sleep—to build inventions that would make life a little easier for a child with special physical needs. Seven teams from diverse backgrounds took part in Vanderbilt’s third annual TOM Makeathon...

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