October 21, 2016

Meet Pratt's New Faculty for 2016-2018

With 10 outstanding tenured/tenure track faculty joining us in 2016-2018, Duke engineering continues to add depth and breadth to our research focus areas in health, environmental sustainability, and intelligence and connectivity.

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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 28, 2014

Maiken Mikkelsen Wins 2014 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Award

Maiken Mikkelsen, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics, and Amanda Hargrove, an assistant professor of chemistry, have been selected by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to receive 2014 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards. The award provides a [...]

July 28, 2014

Getting Rid of Eye Drops for Glaucoma

Imagine yourself at age 80, fumbling for the small vial of eye drops your ophthalmologist prescribed for your glaucoma. It’s five in the afternoon, you can’t remember whether you put them back in the bathroom or the bedside table after your last application, and you worry that your shaking hands [...]

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 15, 2014

Duke Engineers Abroad

After the economic downturn of the late 2000s hit America, it became difficult for college students to find jobs—not only new graduates, but summer internship seekers as well. Many students, however, found a silver lining. Instead of moping about poolside for three months, they flocked to different [...]

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 [...]