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Humans could run 50% faster with bicycle-inspired exoskeleton

Apr. 8, 2020—Runners could soon keep up with cyclists, thanks to a new invention from a team of mechanical engineers at Vanderbilt. The invention, an exoskeleton worn on the legs, would bring cycling mechanics to the human body and enable people to run nearly 1.5 times as fast — approaching top cycling speeds. The study with the...

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Grad students will use travel grants to attend world’s largest sports medicine conference

Feb. 5, 2020—Three engineering graduate students whose research focus is biomechanics and assistive technologies will attend the world’s largest sports medicine conference thanks to spring 2020 travel grants from the Vanderbilt Graduate School’s  Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute. Maura Eveld, Emily Matijevich and Rachel Teater are mechanical engineering students who work with Karl Zelik, assistant professor...

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National Biomechanics Day draws 370+ visitors to assistive tech labs

Apr. 15, 2019—The Vanderbilt group organizing National Biomechanics Day event this year added video scripting and production to its skillset. The group of graduate students and undergraduates spent three months planning demonstrations, contacting schools and creating their two-minute promotional video, which won the award from the International Society for Biomechanics for the most retweeted video. The video, “Biomechanics...

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Zelik named Emerging Leader by Chamber, YP Nashville

Jul. 31, 2018—An assistant professor of mechanical engineering has been named an Emerging Leader by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville. Karl Zelik, who joined the School of Engineering faculty in 2014, received the distinction in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction category. He was among 75 finalists in 15 categories. His commitment to STEM...

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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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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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Engineer’s ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul. 21, 2017—Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down. A new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory has the potential to do just that. Based on...

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Zelik receives two major young investigator awards for biomechanics work

Jun. 15, 2017—Karl Zelik, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received top awards from the International Society of Biomechanics and the American Society of Biomechanics for early career research. Both awards recognize Zelik’s body of work on improving and unifying the understanding of human locomotion, and translating this understanding to advances in prosthetic and exoskeleton technologies....

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