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December 05, 2016

Breaking into the Auto Industry: Q&A with Duke Alum Mark Reuss

New General Motors "executive champion" to Duke, Mark Reuss, talks about his new position and getting into the auto industry

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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 09, 2015

Diving into the HiDiVE

Duke University will soon be home to virtual reality environment that few others in the world can match. The system includes projection screens on all four walls, the ceiling and the floor, each featuring 1920 x 1920 pixel resolution. The six-sided cave automatic virtual environment (CAVE), called [...]

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), [...]

January 21, 2015

Every Snowflake Is Not Unique

People like to say that every snowflake is unique. On the level of execution and fine detail, that may or may not be true. After all, who has seen every snowflake? It is certain, however, that every snowflake conforms to only one architecture: a flat star with six fishbones connected at the center [...]

October 23, 2014

Mitzi Awarded SunShot Initiative Funding to Improve Thin-Film Solar Cell Materials

David Mitzi, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The award will fund a collaborative research project with Yanfa Yan, professor of physics [...]

October 08, 2014

Kevin Nikolaus: Scanning the Environment with Unmanned Aerial Systems

My Grand Challenge Scholar research centers on the challenge of engineering the tools of scientific discovery. Although it is one of the less mentioned of the fourteen NAE grand challenges, I believe that it holds a crucial role in designing a better future. "This program has certainly changed my [...]

October 08, 2014

Lucas Johnston: Preventing Injuries through Orthopaedic Biomechanics

As a member of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, I am integrating all of my experience in technical research, interdisciplinary learning, service, entrepreneurship and global perspective to expand my knowledge and focus my capabilities to help solve the Grand Challenge of Engineering Better [...]

September 16, 2014

Campus Toastmasters Club Hosts Open House Sept. 23

When Danielle Lester was invited by a friend to attend a campus PRATTically Speaking Toastmasters meeting, she felt a little intimidated. The club, which meets in the Pratt School of Engineering and helps individuals develop public speaking and leadership skills, has its members give speeches and [...]

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