George W. Pearsall Distinguished Lecture Series

George W. PearsallThe George W. Pearsall Distinguished Lecture Series was created by the Dukes MEMS faculty to honor the internationally recognized research engineer who served as dean of engineering twice, from 1969 to 1974 and 1982 to 1983.

During more than 30 years at Duke, George W. Pearsall, Sc.D., PE, was a beloved teacher, mentor and friend to hundreds of students and colleagues.

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2022 Pearsall Lecture


2019 Pearsall Lecture

Hod Lipson

2018 Pearsall Lecture

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Innovation and Inspiration - The HondaJet

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Presenter: Dr. Michimasa Fujino - President and Chief Executive Officer, Honda Aircraft Company

2017 Pearsall Lecture

2016 Pearsall Lecture

Dean Mary Boyce

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Mechanics of Soft Composites - The Interplay Between Geometrical Structuring and Large Deformation to Achieve Novel Behavior, Dean Mary Boyce

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Presenter: Dean Mary C. Boyce - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University

2015 Pearsall Lecture

Mark Asta

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Computationally Aided Materials Discovery and Design

Monday, April 13, 2015

Presenter: Prof. Mark Asta - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

2014 Pearsall Lecture

Alexander Smits

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Logarithmic Scaling in Wall-Bounded Turbulent Flows

Friday, April 11, 2014

Presenter: Prof. Alexander Smits, Princeton

2013 Pearsall Lecture

Gang Chen

Pearsall Distinguished Lecture: Nanoengineering for Efficient Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Materials and Systems

Friday, March 22, 2013

Presenter: Prof. Gang Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology