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Stories of 2021: Highlights from Dartmouth Engineering

Dec 19, 2021

Below are some highlights of the stories from our website, magazine, and across campus: From student competitions to research breakthroughs, and everything in between helping to advance the Dartmouth Engineering mission of teaching and research with human-centered impact.

Dartmouth Engineering Students Win NASA Award

A team of Dartmouth Engineering students won Best Technical Paper at NASA's Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. The team was one of eight finalists selected from across the country to present lunar exploration technology prototypes at the BIG Idea Challenge forum.

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SHREWs: Strategic Highly-compliant Roving Explorers of other Worlds — The team took inspiration from shrews, who latch onto each others' tails in order to move in a quick and orderly fashion. (Image courtesy SHREWs team)

New Dartmouth Foreign Study Program Combines German and Engineering

For the first time, Dartmouth Engineering and German Studies partnered together to offer undergraduates a multidisciplinary foreign study program (FSP) in Berlin, Germany, launching in Spring of 2022: "Green City: Sustainable Engineering in Berlin."

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Aerial view of Berlin skyline with the TV tower and Spree river in Germany. (Photo by bluejayphoto)

How Human-Centered Engineers Can Save Us from Climate Change

"Engineers are trained to identify and solve problems," wrote Dean Alexis Abramson in a piece about tackling climate change. "But in our eagerness to dive in, we sometimes overlook the people at the center. We must re-frame the problem to consider humans and our planet first."

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Greenland’s Qaanaaq faces melting sea ice, rising sea levels, and loss of permafrost, all effects of climate change that threatens people’s homes and way of life. (Morten Christensen/Getty Images)

Dartmouth and NSF Work to Expand the Data Scientist Pipeline

Dartmouth stepped up to help satisfy the growing global demand for data scientists with a project supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of nearly $2.8 million. The project, "Data Science Infused into the Undergraduate STEM Curriculum" (DIFUSE), is working to develop modules that can be easily integrated into current curricula.

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A DIFUSE videoconference.

International Student Team Receives Award at Marine Energy Competition

Dartmouth students partnered with students in Mexico to compete in the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC) with their idea for an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) power plant. The team won the Moonshot Award not only for pulling together across six institutions, but also for submitting a concept that dared to dream big.

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Partial infographic courtesy of CEMIE-Oceano.

Dartmouth Receives $3M NSF Grant to Expand PhD Innovation Programs and Advance Sensor Technology Entrepreneurship

A new five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow Dartmouth to expand its PhD Innovation Program and recruit entrepreneurially-minded graduate student researchers focused on sensor technology.

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Former PhD Innovation Program candidate Song Chen in Professor Eric Fossum's lab. (Photo by Liza Chrust Friedman)

Dartmouth Startup's Invention Wins NH Product of the Year

The Breast Cancer Locator (BCL) device developed by Dartmouth startup CairnSurgical won the NH Tech Alliance Product of the Year competition. The BCL device uses magnetic resonance imaging data to 3-D print a patient-specific surgical guide.

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l to r: Professors Keith Paulsen, Venkat Krishnaswamy, and Richard Barth Jr. (Photo by Mark Washburn)

Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards Ceremony Honors Dartmouth Professor

In a Dartmouth Engineering first, Professor Eric Fossum won an Emmy® for inventing the CMOS "camera on a chip" which is at the heart of every digital camera today.

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Professor Eric Fossum with his Emmy® statuette. (Photo by Mark Washburn)

Brian Pogue Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Brian Pogue, the MacLean Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Pogue is a renowned expert in medical imaging systems, particularly biomedical imaging guidance for cancer therapy and dose imaging in radiation therapy.

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Professor Brian Pogue. (Photo by Liza Friedman)

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