1. Virginia Tech: Autonomous Robotic Jellyfish

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    Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have unveiled a life-like, autonomous robotic jellyfish the size and weight of a grown man, 5 foot 7 inches in length and weighing 170 pounds, as part of a U.S. Navy-funded project. The prototype robot, nicknamed Cyro, is a larger model of a robotic jellyfish the same team – headed by Shashank Priya of Blacksburg, Va., and professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech – unveiled in 2012. The earlier robot, dubbed RoboJelly, is roughly the size of a man’s hand, and typical of jellyfish found along beaches.

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    • Virginia Tech: RoboJelly

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      Some really cool robots are underwater! Shashank Priya, associate professor in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, explains the new robotic jellyfish. Researchers at Virginia Tech and the University of Texas at Dallas built Robojelly from materials known as shape-memory alloys, which return to their original shape when bent. Eight moving segments wrapped in carbon nanotubes and coated with a platinum powder replicate the jellyfish's natural opening-and-closing method of propulsion.

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      • Virginia Tech: 3D Printing Station

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        The DreamVendor is an interactive 3D printing station for Virginia Tech students to enable them to quickly fabricate prototypes for their academic, and even personal, design projects. Amy Elliott, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, explains the DreamVendor. The station is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

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        • Toyota Kata Course Preview

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          This new course, taught by Mike Rother, the author of Toyota Kata, and Bill Costantino, a former Toyota Group Leader, presents the next level of thinking in lean and operations management. It will show you how to develop competency and generate initiative among everyone in the organization to adapt, improve, and keep the organization moving forward.

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          • Virginia Tech: Dog drinking water

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            Researchers at Virginia Tech are investigating the water entry and exit problems that are apparent in engineering mechanics based on a better understanding of biology. One of the things these researching are looking at is drinking in carnivorous animals, specifically cats and dogs.

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            • Virginia Tech: DARPA Robotics Challenge

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              A Virginia Tech-based robotics team, Team THOR, recently advanced in a two-year DARPA Robotics Challenge. The group is an international team of academic and private roboticists headed by Dennis Hong of the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, or RoMeLa for short. Team THOR must design and build a new, semi-autonomous robot that will be tasked with driving a jeep-like vehicle, and then exiting the vehicle, walking over rubble, clearing objects blocking a door, and entering a building. The robot then must locate and shut off a leaking valve, install a hose, and climb an industrial ladder. Finally, it must use a power tool and break through a concrete wall. Read more: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2013/07/071113-engineering-darpatwoteams.html

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              • Virginia Tech: DREAMS Lab

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                The Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory is a part of the College of Engineering and does research on additive manufacturing for 3-D printing technologies. The members of the DREAMS Lab are driven by a vision of the future wherein the layered fabrication techniques of today's "rapid prototyping" technologies are of a maturity to be considered as viable platforms for the manufacture of end-use artifacts.

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                • Virginia Tech: Electric motorcycle

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                  A team of Virginia Tech College of Engineering undergraduate students took the electric-powered motorcycle they built to the third-round race of the North American TTXGP eGrandPrIx competition in late July. The team won the TTX75 class of the TTXGP NA Series in Salina, California. Read the story: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2012/07/072512-engineering-electricbike.html

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                  • The University of Kentucky College of Engineering: Building the Road to Your Success

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                    The impact of engineering is everywhere around you – from your cell phone to the Golden Gate Bridge. The University of Kentucky has the only ranked engineering program in Kentucky. With small student to faculty ratios and opportunities for real world experience through internships, UK will prepare you to join the workforce or to further your education. Explore engineering at UK.

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                    • SailBOT - Virginia Tech

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                      A team of Virginia Tech engineering students will race in the 8th annual SailBot 2014 International Robotic Sailing Regatta, a competition dedicated to building unmanned, autonomous miniature sailboats able to operate with limited to no human control. The Virginia Tech SailBOT team includes roughly 40 students from across the College of Engineering, including the departments of aerospace and ocean engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering and science mechanics, and electrical and computer engineering. The regalia tasks competitors with a traditional sailing race, station keeping, navigational accuracy, and the overall craft presentation. Among the event rules: Craft can be no longer than 2 meters. The sailboat –black, 6.5 foot in length and lightweight, with a white sail atop –- project started in spring 2013 with an interest meeting, the brainchild of the Virginia Tech Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers student organization. The group wanted a surface ship team for ocean engineering students to balance the underwater Human Powered Submarine team, a long-time staple of the Ware Lab, said team commodore Thomas Shea III of Crofton, Maryland.

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