May 10, 2009

Duke graduates 523 engineers in May 2009

Duke University awarded degrees to 523 undergraduate and graduate engineering students on May 10 in ceremonies beginning with a university-wide commencement celebration in Wallace Wade Stadium and ending with a Pratt School of Engineering ceremony in Duke Chapel. Pratt Dean Tom Katsouleas Bachelor [...]

March 24, 2009

Half of Americans See Other Country as Technological Leader

Half of all Americans expect another country to emerge this century as the world’s leader in addressing technological challenges that range from the economy to global warming, according to a survey of U.S. public opinion released March 3 by Duke University. Although only 34 percent of Americans [...]

February 03, 2009

Young Electrical Engineer Honored for Research

When Adrienne Stiff-Roberts decided during her high school career that she wanted to be a scientist, and then an engineer, she didn’t know that she’d end up manipulating the exotic properties of quantum mechanics to perfect devices ranging from infrared cameras to solar cells. It’s not surprising [...]

January 15, 2009

Next Generation Cloaking Device Demonstrated

A device that can bestow invisibility to an object by “cloaking” it from visual light is closer to reality. After being the first to demonstrate the feasibility of such a device by constructing a prototype in 2006, a team of Duke University engineers have produced a new type of cloaking device, [...]

December 15, 2008

Tiny Lasers, Big Advances

While an undergraduate in the early 1980s at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., Nan Jokerst thought lasers were so cool she should build one herself. Using plans from a Scientific American article, she did just that in the basement of the physics building. "It worked, amazingly enough," she says [...]

December 15, 2008

Harnessing Lightning and Hiding from Sound

Steve Cummer jokingly calls himself something of a Luddite because of his stubborn refusal to give up pencil and paper as his main medium for working through ideas. But in reality, that quirk is hardly enough to justify such a title, particularly when you consider that some of those ideas he [...]

December 15, 2008

Creating the Future of Mobile Computing

Like most users, Romit Roy Choudhury enjoys the freedom, information, and options his iPhone and other devices provide, but for him these instruments serve a more important role as research tools that help him envision future innovations in mobile computing. Roy Choudhury's academic life is [...]

December 12, 2008

Undergrads Now Have Research Voice

Pediatric crash test dummy design. Snow pack depth measurements. Aeroelasticity of folding wings. Harvesting energy from ocean waves. All are examples of important cutting–edge research being conducted by engineers around the world. They are also telling examples of the breadth and depth of the [...]

December 12, 2008

A New Paradigm in Electrical Sensing

When a snake is cut in half, it dies. This illustrates how electrical devices can respond to damage. Since they are at their core closed circuits, devices will fail whenever the circuit is interrupted. However, if these devices could be more like earthworms, intriguing new possibilities arise. [...]

December 12, 2008

Senior Wins Marshall Scholarship

Dan Roberts, a Pratt School of Engineering student involved in research that created such unconventional electromagnetic devices as an "invisibility cloak" will receive one of 40 Marshall Scholarships offered for the 2009-10 academic year. Roberts, a senior from Melville, N.Y., is the 19th Marshall [...]