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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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ME senior and x-country Commodore takes on track, lab work and rocket design

Oct. 26, 2018—In the spring of 2017, Vanderbilt’s Sara Tsai suffered an Achilles injury during a routine workout. The injury would ultimately require surgery and force Tsai, a mechanical engineering senior, to miss her entire junior season as a distance runner at Vanderbilt. Tsai said that setback challenged her both emotionally and physically. But such adversity also...

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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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Engineering students, organizations, labs contribute to Maker Faire’s success

Oct. 5, 2017—The Nashville Mini Maker Faire, held for the first time at The Wond’ry, attracted more than 4,000 visitors and 93 exhibitors – a jump in attendance of more than 50 percent and double the maker participation over 2016. At least 25 percent of the exhibits had Vanderbilt ties and many of them involved students, organizations...

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