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July 18, 2016

Recreating Catalhoyuk’s Historical Excavation in Virtual Reality

Students and researchers are taking tours of the excavation of Catalhoyuk, Turkey—the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site ever discovered—without ever stepping foot off campus.

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April 27, 2016

Students Tackle the Grand Challenges

Originally published in DukEngineer, the student-written magazine of the Pratt School of Engineering Medicines, Neurons and Infrastructure Nearly a decade ago, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) created a list of pressing concerns for humanity to address in the next 100 years— ambitious [...]

April 07, 2016

Getting the Graduate Experience in Silicon Valley

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and Law School are launching a summer program that takes graduate students to the world’s hub for technical innovation and enterprise. The new offering will immerse students in the world of technology [...]

April 04, 2016

Duke’s Materials Science Sparks a Brighter Energy Future

Energy provides humanity with immeasurable benefits and promise, allowing people all over the world to maintain or improve their standard of living and build healthier and happier communities.Yet the production and use of energy also introduces a number of emerging threats, including climate change [...]

March 30, 2016

Duke Robotics Gets an Arm and a Leg Up

There is a robot learning to be a nurse in the School of Nursing. And that’s not even the most interesting robotics project on Duke’s campus! Duke’s newly formed Robotics Group showed off a wide range of projects underway March 28, during the first annual Duke Robotics Student Symposium. More than [...]

March 29, 2016

Online International Collaboration Demonstrates Reliability of Quantum Simulations for Materials Design

Reproducibility does not come easily It's a corner stone of science: independent yet identical experiments should produce identical results. Only in this way can science identify ‘laws’, which lead to new insight and new technologies. However, several recent studies have pointed out that such [...]

March 25, 2016

Curtarolo Wins Humboldt Foundation’s Bessel Research Prize

Stefano Curtarolo, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and director of the Center for Materials Genomics at Duke, has been named one of this year’s recipients of the Bessel Prize given by the Humboldt Foundation. The Bessel Prize is given to roughly 20 researchers each year [...]

March 04, 2016

Mitzi Named Inaugural Simon Professor

Materials scientist David Mitzi has been named the Simon Family Professor of Engineering at Duke University. Support for the new professorship comes from Susie Simon in honor of her late husband J. Stephen Simon (E’65), who was chair of the Board of Visitors for the Pratt School of Engineering and [...]

March 01, 2016

Celestial Bodies Born Like Cracking Paint

A Duke theorist says there’s a very good reason why objects in the universe come in a wide variety of sizes, from the largest stars to the smallest dust motes—and it has a lot to do with how paint cracks when it dries. In a paper published March 1 in the Journal of Applied Physics, Adrian Bejan, [...]

February 17, 2016

Rolling Stones, Turbulence Connect Evolution to Physics

A law of physics explaining why larger animals live longer and travel further also extends to the simplest forms of mass migration on the planet—like rolling stones and turbulent eddies in water and air currents, according to research at Duke University. The finding demonstrates that evolution [...]

February 12, 2016

Meet Pratt’s Next Dean

Ravi Bellamkonda will become the new Vinik Dean of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering on August 1, 2016. Currently chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Bellamkonda was appointed in January after an international search, and cited by Duke’s President Richard Brodhead for his “outstanding personal accomplishment and visionary leadership.”

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