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Slideshow: Meet 11 Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
1/10/2013

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Veronica Santos
Assistant professor, Arizona State University 
Kevin Bair, an ASU graduate student, was working with Santos developing multiple anthropomorphic robotic hands in early 2011. Things were progressing on this sophisticated project when Bair died in a kayak accident. Though Santos and the lab were grieved by his loss, they eventually pressed forward. With her guidance, ASU completed the project and, in Bair's honor, named the robotic hand Bair Claw.
Assistant professor, Arizona State University
Kevin Bair, an ASU graduate student, was working with Santos developing multiple anthropomorphic robotic hands in early 2011. Things were progressing on this sophisticated project when Bair died in a kayak accident. Though Santos and the lab were grieved by his loss, they eventually pressed forward. With her guidance, ASU completed the project and, in Bair's honor, named the robotic hand Bair Claw.

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Dave Palmer
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Re: More women engineers
Dave Palmer   1/10/2013 7:58:41 PM
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Yeah, that Dave Palmer sure is a swell guy.

Seriously, though, it's interesting to learn about the work all of these individuals are doing.  It was great to see a college student on the list -- especially one who is going to school while working full time.

It would be great if there were more women on the list, but unfortunately, I think this reflects the relatively low number of women in the engineering, especially electrical and mechanical engineering.  Hopefully, in coming years, we will start to see a greater proportion of women on lists like this.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   1/10/2013 1:53:57 PM
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Thanks Lauren. I agree--I noticed that Dave Palmer, who writes occasional columns for us, was on the list. And many of the others are also doing some fascinating work.

Lauren Muskett
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Lauren Muskett   1/10/2013 1:48:43 PM
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Hi Ann, No more women are on the list, but the next group of finialists are definitely interesting!

Ann R. Thryft
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More women engineers
Ann R. Thryft   1/10/2013 1:24:19 PM
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It's great to see a woman in this list. Lauren, are there more women among the finalists you'll be posting tomorrow?

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