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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2018 Pearsall Lecture

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Innovation and Inspiration - The HondaJet

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

12:00 pm | Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium

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Presenter: Dr. Michimasa Fujino - President and Chief Executive Officer, Honda Aircraft Company

This lecture will trace the history of the development of the world’s most advanced light jet, the HondaJet, from a single sketch by Michimasa Fujino in 1997 to foundation of new aircraft company, certification of aircraft and worldwide sales. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. It became the best-selling light jet in 2017.

Michimasa Fujino is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Aircraft Company. He [...]

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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