Walter N. Simmons

Walter Neal Simmons

Gendell Family Associate Professor of the Practice

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Gendell Family Associate Professor of the Practice
  • Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5297
  • Email Address: wns@duke.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2001
  • B.S.E. Bucknell University, 1998

Specialties

Design
Failure Analysis

Courses Taught

  • EGR 121L: Engineering Innovation
  • EGR 190: Special Topics in Engineering
  • ENRGYEGR 490: Special Topics in Energy Engineering
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 421L: Mechanical Design
  • ME 424L: Mechanical Systems Design
  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Representative Publications

  • Kaplan, AG; Chen, TT; Sankin, G; Yang, C; Dale, JA; Simmons, WN; Zhong, P; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, Comparison of the Nanopulse Lithotripter to the Holmium Laser: Stone Fragmentation Efficiency and Impact on Flexible Ureteroscope Deflection and Flow., Journal of Endourology, vol 30 no. 11 (2016), pp. 1150-1154 [10.1089/end.2016.0228] [abs].
  • Shin, RH; Lautz, JM; Cabrera, FJ; Shami, CJ; Goldsmith, ZG; Kuntz, NJ; Kaplan, AG; Neisius, A; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, Evaluation of Novel Ball-Tip Holmium Laser Fiber: Impact on Ureteroscope Performance and Fragmentation Efficiency., Journal of Endourology, vol 30 no. 2 (2016), pp. 189-194 [10.1089/end.2015.0300] [abs].
  • Perim, E; Lee, D; Liu, Y; Toher, C; Gong, P; Li, Y; Simmons, WN; Levy, O; Vlassak, JJ; Schroers, J; Curtarolo, S, Spectral descriptors for bulk metallic glasses based on the thermodynamics of competing crystalline phases., Nature Communications, vol 7 (2016) [10.1038/ncomms12315] [abs].
  • Neisius, A; Smith, NB; Sankin, G; Kuntz, NJ; Madden, JF; Fovargue, DE; Mitran, S; Lipkin, ME; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Zhong, P, Improving the lens design and performance of a contemporary electromagnetic shock wave lithotripter., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol 111 no. 13 (2014), pp. E1167-E1175 [10.1073/pnas.1319203111] [abs].
  • Mancini, JG; Neisius, A; Smith, N; Sankin, G; Astroza, GM; Lipkin, ME; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Zhong, P, Assessment of a modified acoustic lens for electromagnetic shock wave lithotripters in a swine model., The Journal of Urology, vol 190 no. 3 (2013), pp. 1096-1101 [10.1016/j.juro.2013.02.074] [abs].