Research News

April 24, 2015

Ken Gall Named Chair of Duke’s MEMS Department

Watch video of Ken Gall's New Faculty Lecture Ken Gall has been named chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. An interdisciplinary scientist whose work focuses on developing and understanding advanced materials [...]

April 22, 2015

Engineering PhD Student Recognized for Service to Global Community

Doctoral student Titilayo Shodiya has received the William J. Griffith University Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Global Community. The award is given annually by Duke’s UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action to a select number of graduating students whose [...]

April 20, 2015

Adrian Bejan to Receive Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pretoria

Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke, has been awarded a Doctorate of Engineering honoris causa—or honorary doctorate degree—by the University of Pretoria, the leading research university in South Africa. The doctorate ceremony will take place on April 23, 2015 [...]

April 15, 2015

Engineering a Smarter Stride

If you asked Ivonna Dumanyan just five years ago where she’d be today, starting a running tech company at Duke University would never have crossed her mind. But thanks to a lot of hard work and the entrepreneurial resources provided across Duke’s campus, her present-day reality has outstripped her [...]

April 08, 2015

Jennifer West Wins 2015 Clemson Award

Jennifer West, the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Cell Biology, and Chemistry, has been awarded the 2015 Clemson Award for Basic Research from the Society for [...]

March 23, 2015

Educating Engineers to Meet Grand Challenges

In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama today, Duke and more than 120 other U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century. These "Grand [...]

March 18, 2015

Photo Gallery: 2015 Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics Open House

On March 8, 2015, more than 450 visitors learned about light-based technologies at the 2015 Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) Open House. The event featured many PhD students and faculty from Duke, and Nobel laureate John Hall, who was one of the keynote speakers at the 2015 FIP Symposium [...]

March 10, 2015

Inflating to Decelerate Spacecraft

*Crackle* "Houston, this is Mars One. We are at the insertion point. Permission to enter the atmosphere and descend to the surface?" *Crackle* "Mars One, this is Houston, copy. Permission granted to deploy the HIAD. Proceed as planned. Godspeed." Thanks in part to the research of Benjamin Goldman [...]

March 02, 2015

A New View of Phase Transitions

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that we can’t know both the position and velocity of the smallest particles at the same time, making it impossible to track an electron’s trajectory. Even if there were a way around this, science does not have the experimental tools necessary to visualize [...]

February 23, 2015

Adrian Bejan Talks Constructal Law

Adrian Bejan, professor of materials science and mechanical engineering at Duke University, recently sat down with film director Dan Dimancescu to describe the nuances and uses of constructal law, which he penned in 1996. The law states that, "For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live [...]

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