November 10, 2008
Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering challenges college students in the U.S. to create a video and an essay in response to this question: Which of the 14 grand challenges identified by the National Academy of Engineering would you choose to address, and how would you do it?
October 23, 2008
The Duke Smart Home Program, a high-tech, 10-student residence for green living and learning, has been selected as the Green Nonprofit Program of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal.
October 14, 2008
Jim Gaston’s passion is exploring the wonders of the watery wonders of the world. At any opportunity, he’s off to the North Carolina coast, or Key Largo, strapping on the tanks, and swimming along underwater reefs or long-wrecked ships. And he doesn’t just dive for his personal pleasure, he teaches [...]
October 14, 2008
It's a safe bet that only one student spent the time between high school graduation and enrolling at Pratt behind the wheel of a car traveling more than 150 miles per hour. It's also a safe bet that no student spent the first four weekends at Pratt traveling from North Carolina to California to [...]
September 09, 2008
Earl Dowell's set is now complete. That is, he just received the last major aerospace engineering award not already on his crowded mantle. This summer, the dean emeritus of the Pratt School of Engineering and William Holland Hall professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, received [...]
August 14, 2008
What do a tree and the Eiffel Tower have in common? According to a Duke University engineer, both are optimized for flow. In the case of trees, the flow is of water from the ground throughout the trunk, branches and leaves, and into the air. The Eiffel Tower's flow carries stresses throughout the [...]
July 17, 2008
Nature, in the simple form of a tree canopy, appears to provide keen insights into the best way to design complex systems to move substances from one place to another, an essential ingredient in the development of novel "smart" materials. Duke University engineers believe that an image of two tree [...]
July 01, 2008
Professor Jeffrey T. Glass has been appointed Senior Associate Dean for Education, Dean Tom Katsouleas announced on July 1, 2008. He succeeds Tod Laursen, who served in that capacity since 2003 and will now become chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. “Jeff has [...]
June 30, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. – The ability to use genetic material to assemble nanoscopic particles of gold could be an important step toward creating tiny “spies” that will be able to infiltrate individual cells and report back in real time on the cell's inner workings.A team of Duke University materials [...]
June 26, 2008
Professor Tod Laursen has been named chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Dean Robert Clark and Dean designee Tom Katsouleas announced on June 26. He succeeds professor Franklin H. Cocks, who served as interim chair during the 2007/2008 academic year.