George W. Pearsall Distinguished Lectures

The George W. Pearsall Distinguished Lecture Series is named for an internationally recognized research engineer who served as dean of engineering twice, from 1969 to 1974 and 1982 to 1983.

During more than 30 years at Duke, George W. Pearsall, Sc.D., PE, was a beloved teacher, mentor and friend to hundreds of students and colleagues.

In 2013, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science created this lecture series in his honor.

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2016 Pearsall Lecture

Dean Mary Boyce

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Mechanics of Soft Composites - The Interplay Between Geometrical Structuring and Large Deformation to Achieve Novel Behavior, Dean Mary Boyce

Presenter: Dean Mary C. Boyce - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University

2015 Pearsall Lecture

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Computationally Aided Materials Discovery and Design

Presenter: Prof. Mark Asta - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

2014 Pearsall Lecture

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Logarithmic Scaling in Wall-Bounded Turbulent Flows

Presenter: Prof. Alexander Smits, Princeton

2013 Pearsall Lecture

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Nanoengineering for Efficient Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Materials and Systems

Presenter: Prof. Gang Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology