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Stephen 
Canfield, Ph.D.
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Tennessee Technological University
Dr. Stephen Canfield is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and T.S. McCord Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Techno-Entrepreneurship at Tennessee Technological University. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech in the field of parallel architecture robotics.  His current research is in robot modeling, control and development with a focus on climbing mobile robots for autonomous welding and NDE inspection in hazardous, unstructured environments.  Dr. Canfield also has a strong interest in active student learning and undergraduate student research.  He created the EIME (Early Intervention & Mechanical Engineering), a program that engages engineering student teams to designing toys and devices for children with special needs.  The EIME program surpassed 1500 students and 300 families served. 

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