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August 03, 2016

Perpetual “Ice Water”: Stable Solid-Liquid State Revealed in Nanoparticles

Imagine pouring a glass of ice water and having the ice cubes remain unchanged hours later, even under a broiler’s heat or in the very back corner of the freezer. That’s fundamentally the surprising discovery recently made by an international group of researchers led by an electrical engineering professor at Duke University in a paper published online in Nature Matter on July 25, 2016. But instead of a refreshing mixture of H2O in a pint glass, the researchers were working with the chemical [...]

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August 27, 2015

Teaching Robots Rock Climbing

Kris Hauser, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke, has secured a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Robotics Initiative to “boldly go where every human has gone before.” While even infants can figure out [...]

August 13, 2015

Helping Siri Hear Through a Cocktail Party

People trying to talk to Siri may soon no longer have to look like they’re about to eat their iPhones, thanks to a new technology demonstration that solves the “Cocktail Party” conundrum. In a crowded room with voices coming from every direction, the human auditory system is incredibly good at [...]

August 12, 2015

Sharrin Manor: My Bass Connections Pathway

I’m from southern California and I came to Duke for the amazing resources and opportunities available to undergraduates. Energy is one of the biggest problems facing our world in the next 20 years. Big data is a tool we can take advantage of to get insight into how we’re using energy, and how we [...]

August 12, 2015

Bridging Communities in Rwanda

Before Duke engineering students could build a suspension bridge across the upper headwaters of the Nile this summer, they had to learn to communicate with their Rwandan partners. Unfamiliar with the local dialect of Kinyarwanda, they got to know the community of Cyohoha, Rwanda by sharing smiles [...]

August 11, 2015

Seven Years at the Helm

Pratt’s at a pinnacle as Tom Katsouleas steps down as dean It’s not every dean who knows how to surf. But the ability to catch the good waves while avoiding wipeouts seems to have translated from the beach to the engineering quad for Tom Katsouleas, who has led the Pratt School of Engineering for [...]

August 10, 2015

Ginsburg Named Director of New Pratt-School of Medicine Partnership

Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD, has been named director of MEDx (Medicine and Engineering at Duke), leaders of the Duke University School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering announced on August 10. Ginsburg will serve for an initial three-year term. MEDx is a new entity at Duke created to [...]

July 29, 2015

Shop Managers Nationwide Gather to Focus on Student Safety

In April of 2013, an exemplary senior at Yale University named Michele Dufault was killed just weeks away from graduation while working late at night on her senior thesis in the school’s student machine shop. Steve Earp, manager of the Pratt School of Engineering Student Machine Shop at Duke [...]

July 27, 2015

Superfast Fluorescence Sets New Speed Record

Researchers have developed an ultrafast light-emitting device that can flip on and off 90 billion times a second and could form the basis of optical computing. At its most basic level, your smart phone’s battery is powering billions of transistors using electrons to flip on and off billions of [...]

June 29, 2015

Duke to Offer Free Online Data-Analysis Courses Through Coursera

Duke University will soon begin offering free online courses aimed at teaching non-technical professionals to analyze and effectively utilize business data. The courses are made possible through support from Coursera, an education-platform company which partners with the world’s leading [...]

June 17, 2015

Engineering Dean Named Provost at the University of Virginia

Tom Katsouleas, the Vinik Dean of Engineering at Duke‘s Pratt School of Engineering, was named executive vice president and provost at the University of Virginia on Wednesday. During Katsouleas’ seven-year tenure at Duke, engineering graduate student enrollment has risen by 62 percent, Pratt [...]

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