Research News

October 15, 2008

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts: Putting Artificial Atoms to Use

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts says she didn't do so well as an undergraduate physics student tackling quantum mechanics. "It's one of those topics where, the first time you see it, it's really mind blowing," she says. And yet, today her entire research program is focused on putting the wonders of quantum [...]

October 15, 2008

David Smith: Creating New Materials that Go Beyond Nature

In 1967, Russian scientist Victor Veselago published theoretical research on a bizarre type of material that, while possible according to the known laws of physics, didn't exist anywhere on the planet as far as anyone could tell. Veselago was describing materials with a negative refraction, which [...]

October 14, 2008

Matt Reynolds - Bridging the gaps between the physical and digital worlds

Reynolds's research focuses on creating innovative connections between the digital and the physical worlds, with a special focus on giving digital "vision" to robots and other devices.

September 05, 2008

Trivedi honored by IEEE

It may sound a bit odd, but computer software ages. However, unlike our skin as it ages, software can also be rejuvenated.

August 21, 2008

Quantum: The Next Generation in Computing

While computers are getting progressively smaller and more powerful, the underlying principles – encoding information in long strings of ones and zeroes – have not changed markedly in 50 years. But that could soon change. Scientists at Duke University and elsewhere are making advances in a new type [...]

August 15, 2008

Sen. Dole Aide Tours Photonics Institute

Reggie Holley, seated, deputy state director for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., recently visited a number of laboratories at the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics to learn more about the scope of federally funded research at the Pratt School of Engineering.

June 19, 2008

Experimental Phone Network Uses Virtual Sticky Notes

The rapid convergence of social networks, mobile phones and global positioning technology has given Duke University engineers the ability to create something they call "virtual sticky notes," site-specific messages that people can leave for others to pick up on their mobile phones. "Every mobile [...]

April 25, 2008

Fernandez wins NDSEG Fellowship

Christy Fernandez, a member of the Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Group advised by ECE Professor David Brady. She is yet another Pratt winner of a 2007 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Fernandez’s application was selected by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research [...]

April 23, 2008

Dan Roberts a Goldwater Scholar

Dan Roberts, a junior in Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, was one of three Duke students to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year. Another engineering student, Stephen DeVience, received an honorable mention.

April 07, 2008

Meet the New Faculty: Matt Reynolds

Talk to Matt Reynolds about his work and chances are he'll quote his favorite piece of trivia exemplifying the value of technology in our lives. Here it is: By the year 2005, more transistors -- tiny electrical gadgets found in everything from toasters to computers - had been created by human hands [...]