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Engineer Spotlight: Jackie Sullivan

Jackie_sullivanGrowing up poor in a large family, University of Colorado Professor Jackie Sullivan forged a remarkably successful career, from climbing the corporate ladder at EDS to turning youngsters on to engineering.

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Engineer Spotlight: George Stetten

Ever hear the Hendrix-esque wails of a Grimace Guitar? Or the screechings of a Balloon Bassoon? No? Well, chances are you never will, either. But the instruments do exist. Both were built a couple of years ago by graduate bioengineering students at the University of Pittsburgh who took the class Biosignals and Systems II offered by George D. Stetten, an assistant professor.

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Engineer Spotlight: Sheri Sheppard

sheri_sheppardSheppard, a full professor and member of Stanford’s Design Group, is known for her ability to understand the student perspective, perhaps because she still hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be one.

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Engineer Spotlight: Noel Sharkey

Noel_sharkeyNoel Sharkey’s academic career path has crisscrossed an impressive range of disciplines: engineering, computer science, philosophy, and psychology, among them. But it’s for his work in robotics that he’s best known. Indeed, the University of Sheffield computer science professor is arguably the United Kingdom’s most famous robotics expert.

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Engineer Spotlight: Daniel Moran

daniel_moran“I wanted to do this my whole life,” says Daniel Moran, a biomedical engineering professor at Washington University. As a bright kid growing up in the 1970s, Moran was a devoted fan of “The Six Million Dollar Man”— a TV show about an astronaut who is “rebuilt” with bionics after a serious crash. The show’s opening lines still resonate with him: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. We can make him better than he was. Better. Stronger. Faster.”

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