Lab News

NSF Awards

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Congratulations to graduate student Piper Cannon and undergraduate Mariana Smith for their awards from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), and to graduate student Jack Peters for his recognition as an Honorable Mention!

ISTU 2023

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Daniel Esser won the Student Abstract Award for his work on steerable acoustic waveguides for targeted delivery of therapeutic ultrasound, which he will be presenting at the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) in Lyon, France. 

Conference Presentations at SPIE Medical Imaging 2023

Friday, February 24, 2023

Abby Grillo and Jason Shrand presented their research at the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference in San Diego, California! Jack Peters also got to experience his first conference with them to learn about medical imaging.



Field Trip to VISE

Friday, February 17, 2023

Our annual 3-week STEM course that our students teach at Harpeth Hall High School culminated in a field trip to our very own VISE lab! Read more about it at: MED lab’s perennial engineering class for college-bound girls earns praise | Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering | Vanderbilt University

International Symposium for Medical Robotics

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Our Undergraduate researcher Mariana will be presenting her work on diameter-changing continuum robots at the International Symposium on Medical Robotics in April 2023! 

Dr. Webster Featured on Vanderbilt School of Engineering Article

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Vanderbilt School of Engineering just published an article talking about Dr. Webster and his research journey. 

Dr. Webster and start-up, Virtuoso, were featured in the IEEE Pulse article “Robots to Improve Surgery for All”

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Dr. Webster and start-up, Virtuoso, were featured in the IEEE Pulse article “Robots to Improve Surgery for All

Harpeth Hall Winterim 2023

Friday, January 20, 2023

Graduate students in the lab (Emily, Abby, Peter, Jesse, Jack, and Piper) led a “Winterim” course during winter break at local all-girls high school, Harpeth Hall. The course, titled ‘STAR (Structures, Technology and Robotics): A Hands-On Engineering Experience,’ taught the girls an array of material ranging from computer aided design (CAD) to building your own electric motors and robotic programming. The course even included a field trip to the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) where students toured the facility and learned about the exciting research going on there. As a final project, the girls combined all they had learned into building their very own remote-controlled robots and competed in a final tournament to test their engineering mettle! The students did a fantastic job and it was a privelege to teach such bright, young minds!