February 23, 2010

New Breed of Scholars to Tackle Grand Challenges

Two years ago, a group of Duke University engineering undergrads traveled to Uganda to address some of the most pressing needs of a small community. Among other projects, they planned to help villagers connect to the outside world through the Internet and to improve the ability of local coffee [...]

December 21, 2009

Next Generation Lens Promises More Control

Duke University engineers have created a new generation of lens that could greatly improve the capabilities of telecommunications or radar systems to provide a wide field of view and greater detail. But the lens they fashioned doesn’t look anything like a lens. While traditional lenses are made of [...]

September 28, 2009

DARPA-Funded Study to Detect Viral Infection Before Symptoms Appear

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, has awarded Duke University $19.5 million for an effort led by the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP) to design a portable, easy-to-use diagnostic device that can reveal [...]

September 24, 2009

Room's Ambience Fingerprinted By Cell Phone

DURHAM, N.C. -- Your smart phone may soon be able to know not only that you're at the mall, but whether you're in the jewelry store or the shoe store. Duke University computer engineers have made use of standard cell phone features – accelerometers, cameras and microphones – to turn the unique [...]

September 11, 2009

Smart Home Recognized for Innovations

Once again, the Smart Home Program has received national attention for its contributions to making the world a greener place. This time, it was the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), who announced this week that the Duke program is one of the recipients of its Excellence in Green Building [...]

August 24, 2009

Lightning's Mirror Image, Only Much Bigger

DURHAM, N.C. -- With a very lucky shot, Duke University scientists have captured a one-second image and the electrical fingerprint of a huge jolt of lightning that flowed 40 miles upward from the top of an offshore tropical storm. These rarely seen, highly charged meteorological events are known as [...]

July 14, 2009

Two Young ECE Researchers Awarded Presidential Career Awards

Two Duke University engineers have received the highest honor given to scientists by the U.S. government. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts and Chris Dwyer, both assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, each received a Presidential Early Career Award [...]

July 13, 2009

Pratt Board of Visitor Chair J. Steve Simon Dies

Durham, NC -- J. Stephen Simon, chair of the Board of Visitors for the Pratt School of Engineering and a former director and senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, July 8, at age 66. Simon had a distinguished career of [...]

June 10, 2009

Writing in Air Is Not Pie in the Sky

It's a familiar scene in airports and train stations. Hands full with luggage, briefcase, laptop or coat and there’s something you need to remember, like the level and row numbers where you parked your car in the deck. What do you do? Instead of relying on your memory, or finding a place to put all [...]

May 27, 2009

Duke Motorsports Finishes Its Best

The pattern is born out year after year in college sports – teams with senior leadership usually fare better than younger teams.That sports truism certainly played out at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., May 13-16, where a team of 25 Pratt engineering students, dominated by [...]