Research News

September 02, 2014

Kris Hauser: Keeping Robots Upright

Kris Hauser, an expert in computer science, informatics and robotics, joined both the electrical and computer engineering department and the mechanical engineering and materials science department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering on August 3, 2014. Part of a steadily expanding [...]

August 20, 2014

A Summer Spent Weightless

It’s not every day that a researcher has to worry about securing pieces of equipment to keep them from floating off during an experiment. But for a group of Duke undergraduate students this summer, it was a major concern. “During one of our trials I saw a washer from another team’s experiment float [...]

August 18, 2014

David Mitzi: Harvesting More of the Sun’s Shine

David Mitzi, an expert in developing new materials for solar cell and other energy applications, has joined the mechanical engineering and materials science department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. His research will focus on making emerging photovoltaic materials more effective [...]

August 14, 2014

Pushing the Boundaries of Efficiency

Pratt’s Eco-Marathon team participated in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Texas this past April and performed better than they ever have. They placed second in the prototype-battery electric car competition, beating out nearly 30 competitors with their ultra energy-efficient vehicle and achieving a [...]

July 22, 2014

Law of Physics Helps Explain Airplane Evolution

Researchers believe they now know why the supersonic trans-Atlantic Concorde aircraft went the way of the dodo—it hit an evolutionary cul-de-sac. In a new study, Adrian Bejan, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University, shows that a law of physics he penned more [...]

July 18, 2014

David Needham Named Honorary Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham

David Needham has a way of drawing research departments together. Already at Duke, he is a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and has affiliations with biomedical engineering, the Center for Bioinspired Materials and Material Systems, the Center for Biomolecular and Tissue [...]

July 11, 2014

Dual Contrast Agent to Light Up Arterial Health Risks

Two degrees plus two scan energies and one heavy metal equals a new way to detect dangerous plaques in the coronary arteries. Potentially. Jeffrey Ashton, a biomedical engineering graduate student in Duke University’s  MD-PhD program, has won an American Heart Association Fellowship to develop a [...]

May 29, 2014

Mary "Missy" Cummings Receives Thomas Langford Lectureship Award

Mary “Missy” Cummings, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, has been named as a recipient of Duke University’s Thomas Langford Lectureship Award. Since its inception in 2000, the award has been given annually to five newly hired or promoted Duke faculty members in [...]

May 14, 2014

Microchip-Like Technology Allows Single-Cell Analysis

A U.S. and Korean research team has developed a chip-like device that could be scaled up to sort and store hundreds of thousands of individual living cells in a matter of minutes. The system is similar to a random access memory chip, but it moves cells rather than electrons. Researchers at Duke [...]

May 08, 2014

Guglielmo Scovazzi Wins DOE Early Career Award

Guglielmo Scovazzi, an associate professor in both civil and environmental engineering as well as mechanical engineering and materials science, is the recipient of the 2014 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award, in the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program. Through the [...]