George W. Pearsall Distinguished Lecture

George W. PearsallThe George W. Pearsall Distinguished Lecture Series was created by the MEMS faculty to honor the internationally recognized research engineer who served as dean of engineering at Duke 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.

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2017 Pearsall Lecture

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Soft Meta-Materials: Self-Gauged Assembly, Non-Equilibrium Matters, and 3D Super-Resolution Imaging

Monday, November 13, 2017

12:00 pm | LSRC B101 (Love Auditorium)

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Presenter: Professor Xiang Zhang, Ph.D.


Metamaterials are artificial composite structures that lead to many exciting applications beyond nature such as imaging objects below the diffraction limit, optical clocking, sensing and communications. Traditional metamaterials are considered as “hard” materials that structural units cannot be tailored after their formation which limits their material responses and applications. It remains a critical and unsolved problem to design “soft metamaterials” that can spontaneously self- [...]

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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