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Michael Bartlett wins an NSF CAREER Award

Multiple innovative projects with soft robotics have established a strong body of work for the lab and helped lay the groundwork for future manufacturing methods.

Michael Bartlett holds a flexible circuit in his lab.
Michael Bartlett holds a flexible circuit in his lab. Photo by Alex Parrish for Virginia Tech.
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Video: Students provide a helping hand to a young woman in need

A team of undergraduate students in the Interdisciplinary Senior Design Capstone course in the College of Engineering have designed and fabricated a robotic, prosthetic hand for a team member's sister, who had part of her hand amputated after an accident. "It was something that would improve her quality of life a lot," said Talise Lindorf. "We just really wanted to help." The students did their work in the Terrestrial Robotics Engineering & Controls (TREC) Lab under the guidance of Professor Alexander Leonessa.

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Bart Raemaekers took a step away from his regular work to crunch some data about Everesting. His work was published in Scientific Reports.

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Technical Communication Program

Mechanical engineering has a program especially for helping young engineers communicate well.

Nuclear Engineering

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