Research News

February 01, 2003

Brady named an OSA Fellow

David J. Brady, the Addy Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Pratt's Fitzpatrick Center for Photonics and Communications, has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). OSA President G. Michael Morris notified Brady of the honor in a letter [...]

February 01, 2003

Computer Cluster Farm to Help Duke

Duke’s computing experts hope to help faculty campus-wide raise a bumper crop of research using a new "cluster farm" approach to high-end computing. The farm, a growing collection of high-powered processors racked up in the North Building, will give Duke researchers the dedicated, 24/7 computing [...]

February 01, 2003

Self-assembling Circuits Using DNA May Represent Next Computer Breakthrough

The same DNA that carries genetic information may assemble electronic components when they become so minuscule that current manufacturing techniques no longer work, said researchers working on a $1.2 million project funded by the National Science Foundation to develop processes for submicroscopic [...]

November 19, 2002

Two Grants to Aid Genomic Technology and Biophotonics at Pratt School of Engineering

The Whitaker Foundation has awarded two grants totaling nearly $2 million to Duke's Pratt School of Engineering to accelerate promising research and teaching programs in genomic technology and biomolecular modeling, and in biophotonics, the merger of optical technologies with medicine.

September 01, 2002

Cummer, Three Others, Win Presidential Award

Steven Cummer, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, was one of four Duke faculty members who visited the White House July 12 to be honored for their 2001 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a special [...]

July 13, 2002

Engineer, Three Other Faculty Members Receive Presidential Awards

A Duke engineer uses lightning discharges as tools to probe an under-studied region of Earth's atmosphere. A Duke chemist develops a better method to measure the stability of proteins. One Duke medical researcher studies the roles of two genes in molecular pathways that regulate the structural [...]

April 24, 2002

Duke Leads Defense Department-Funded Studies to Detect Hidden Targets With Robotic Sensors

A vision of futuristic robotic aircraft and land vehicles that can sense and close in on targets hidden in trees, caves or bunkers is being explored by a new four-university research initiative led by Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. The hunt would begin over a wide area, using [...]

January 19, 2002

Talking with light: Brady sees growth in photonics

In his futuristic office in Hudson Hall, David Brady uses computers and remote closed-circuit TV links to project images on screens throughout the room. This way, he can observe several events at once at distant out-of-state locations. This proved helpful earlier this year, when he monitored his [...]

October 28, 2001

Panelists: Technology Offers Opportunity to Fight Terrorism

Information will be the most important weapon in the war against terrorism, five Duke University professors said Thursday night (Oct. 25). "This is the largest opportunity for engineers in a generation to contribute to the public good," said David Brady, director of the Fitzpatrick Center for [...]

February 03, 2001

Long-Range Magnetic Studies Explain How Delayed ‘Sprites’ Get Their Energy

LONG-RANGE MAGNETIC STUDIES EXPLAIN HOW DELAYED 'SPRITES' GET THEIR ENERGY DURHAM, N.C. -- Magnetic field measurements by a German researcher and analyses by a Duke University engineer explain how dual electrical discharges associated with the creation of ghostly, high-altitude "sprites" can [...]