Walter N. Simmons

Walter Neal Simmons

Gendell Family Associate Professor of the Practice

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Gendell Family Associate Professor of the Practice
  • 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

  • Tom, W; Wollin, DA; Jiang, R; Radvak, D; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, Next generation single-use ureteroscopes: An in vitro comparison., Journal of Endourology (2017) [10.1089/end.2017.0447] [abs].
  • Wollin, DA; Ackerman, A; Yang, C; Chen, T; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, Variable Pulse Duration From a New Holmium:YAG Laser: The Effect on Stone Comminution, Fiber Tip Degradation, and Retropulsion in a Dusting Model., Urology, vol 103 (2017), pp. 47-51 [10.1016/j.urology.2017.01.007] [abs].
  • Xing, Y; Chen, TT; Simmons, WN; Sankin, G; Cocks, FH; Lipkin, ME; Preminger, GM; Zhong, P, Comparison of Broad vs Narrow Focal Width Lithotripter Fields., Journal of Endourology, vol 31 no. 5 (2017), pp. 502-509 [10.1089/end.2016.0560] [abs].
  • Sankin, GN; Lautz, JM; Simmons, WN; Zhong, P; Frank, ST; Szeri, AJ, Elimination of cavitation-related attenuation in shock wave lithotripsy, AIP Conference Proceedings, vol 1821 (2017) [10.1063/1.4977638] [abs].
  • Dale, J; Kaplan, AG; Radvak, D; Shin, R; Ackerman, A; Chen, T; Scales, CD; Ferrandino, MN; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, Evaluation of a Novel Single-Use Flexible Ureteroscope., Journal of Endourology (2017) [10.1089/end.2016.0237] [abs].