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Company co-founded by BME alumnus launches design platform for custom fit products

Jun. 11, 2018—When it began, Standard Cyborg set out to make design of custom-fabricated orthotics and prosthetics easier and quicker – especially in parts of the world with limited medical resources, where the needs are often the highest. Cofounders Garrett Spiegel, BE ‘10, and Jeffrey Huber, a serial entrepreneur, did just that. Standard Cyborg’s software is used...

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Alumni startup speeds up hospital device, technology procurement

Feb. 11, 2018—Three key experiences paved the way for Austin Dirks (BE’08) and Stephen Saine (BS’04) to launch a medical device and technology procurement platform together in July 2014. Both attended Vanderbilt as undergraduates, both were in the School of Engineering, and both were members of Sigma Chi. Their “immediate affinity” accelerated the relationship and likely put...

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BME PhD shifts to sepsis cure after dramatic end to pro cycling career

Nov. 3, 2017—Every hour Sinead Miller spends figuring out how to cure sepsis equates to some untold amount of time she’ll spend in a cool, dark, quiet room, her brain recovering from punishing migraines triggered by bright laboratories and computer screens. Miller, 27, was a pro cyclist at the top of her game, a lifelong athlete with...

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Nation’s most senior African-American female roboticist in higher ed to deliver Chambers Lecture Sept. 25

Sep. 15, 2017—As one of the nation’s most recognized female roboticists, Ayanna Howard has designed SnoMote robots to study the impact of global warming on Antarctic ice shelves and created artificial intelligence-powered STEM apps to teach children with autism how to play Angry Birds. She has overseen nearly 50 projects in a dozen years at Georgia Tech....

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The Wond’ry with VISE lands $500K I-Corps site grant to boost startups

Sep. 5, 2017—In collaboration with the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, The Wond’ry recently won a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to become an Innovation Corps site. The designation marks Vanderbilt as one of the premier academic institutions nationwide that nurture entrepreneurship. The I-Corps site grant will support programs to match students and faculty with teams of...

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CS senior lauds entrepreneurship training at The Wond’ry

Mar. 17, 2017—Michael Umenta, a CS senior, believes networking events can be more meaningful. He developed an app, called CNCT (for Connect), that allows those attending conferences and other professional events to connect before they arrive and begin to build relationships. As he prepares for his post-Vanderbilt life, Umenta is weighing a software engineer job offer at...

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New director sees Innovation Center as both startup and catalyst for campus and city

Apr. 25, 2016—  Robert Grajewski is inaugural director of the new Innovation Center. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt) A startup veteran and investor whose ventures range from retail to manufacturing joined Vanderbilt University this spring as the inaugural executive director of the newly created Innovation Center. Robert Grajewski, formerly the president of Edison Nation Medical, a health care innovation incubator,...

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High-tech teddy bear creator to deliver engineering entrepreneurial lecture Feb. 25

Jan. 28, 2016—Jerry the Bear helps kids understand diabetes and self-care https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNr0ASnxQ6k Jerry the Bear helps hundreds of kids diagnosed with type 1 diabetes learn to take care of themselves. Jerry has sensors throughout his body and a screen in his belly. Kids can “feed” him different foods, squeeze his fingers to check his blood sugar levels,...

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