William H. Younger Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Dr. Steven Cummer received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1997 and prior to joining Duke University in 1999 he spent two years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an NRC postdoctoral research associate. Awards he has received include a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001. His current work is in a variety of theoretical and experimental electromagnetic problems related to geophysical remote sensing and engineered electromagnetic materials.
Appointments and Affiliations
- William H. Younger Distinguished Professor of Engineering
- Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Bass Fellow
- Office Location: 3455 CIEMAS, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5256
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- B.S.E.E. Stanford University, 1991
- M.S.E.E. Stanford University, 1993
- Ph.D. Stanford University, 1997
Theoretical and experimental electromagnetic problems related to geophysical remote sensing and engineered electromagnetic materials.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2018
- Fellow. Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2011
- Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. President of the United States of America. 2001
- ECE 110L9: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Lab
- ECE 110L: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ECE 270DL: Fields and Waves: Fundamentals of Information Propagation
- ECE 270L9: Fields and Waves: Fundamentals of Information Propagation (Lab)
- ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ECE 494: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ECE 574: Waves in Matter
- ECE 891: Internship
In the News
- Steve Cummer: New Information on “Gigantic Jet” Lightning Bursts That Reach Toward Space (Aug 5, 2022 | Georgia Tech University)
- Moving Tiny Things ... With Sound (Aug 25, 2021 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Steve Cummer on Studying Waves in Duke Forest (Mar 1, 2021)
- The Science of Lightning: Steven Cummer Answers Your Questions (May 14, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- A Research Tour of Duke's Largest Laboratory (Dec 15, 2019 | Duke Research Blog)
- Duke Adds 21 Faculty to Distinguished Faculty Rank (May 7, 2019)
- Duke Faculty Plentiful On ‘Highly Cited’ List (Nov 27, 2018)
- Thin Engineered Material Perfectly Redirects and Reflects Sound (Apr 10, 2018 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Beyond Materials: From Invisibility Cloaks to Satellite Communications (Mar 26, 2018 | Duke Stories)
- 3-D Printers Open New Design Space for Wireless Devices (May 4, 2017 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Lego-Like Wall Produces Acoustic Holograms (Oct 14, 2016)
- Steven Cummer explains auditory invisible cloaks (May 23, 2016 | Marketplace Tech)
- NCSU, Duke researchers develop material to improve medical diagnostic imaging (Dec 18, 2015 | Triangle BizBlog)
- Helping Siri: New Sensor Helps Computers Separate Overlapping Sounds (Aug 13, 2015)
- 'Hearing aid' picks out voices in a crowd: Device mimics how the brain processes sound using the 'cocktail party effect' (Aug 11, 2015 | The Daily Mail)
- 3D-printed device helps computers solve cocktail-party problem (Aug 11, 2015 | Nature)
- Steven Cummer: Is there more to lightning than meets the eye? (Apr 21, 2015 | The News & Observer)
- There's More to Lightning Than Meets the Eye (Jan 26, 2015)
- On the hunt for a sprite on a midsummer's night (Sep 29, 2014 | The New York Times)
- 3D-acoustic cloaking device can make you invisible -- to dolphins (Mar 12, 2014 | The Huffington Post UK)
- Duke engineers build world’s first 3-D acoustic cloaking device (Mar 11, 2014)
- Cummer, Steven. “Data from: Indirectly measured ambient electric fields for lightning initiation in fast breakdown regions,” January 8, 2020. https://doi.org/10.7924/r4g44p43t.
- Xie, Yangbo, Tsung-Han Tsai, Adam Konneker, Bogdan-Ioan Popa, David J. Brady, and Steven A. Cummer. “Single-sensor multispeaker listening with acoustic metamaterials.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112, no. 34 (August 2015): 10595–98. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1502276112.
- Lu, G., and S. A. Cummer. “Implications of lightning emissions for terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and associated lightning discharges.” In 2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, Iclp 2014, 1496–1502, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICLP.2014.6973365.
- Zigoneanu, Lucian, Bogdan-Ioan Popa, and Steven A. Cummer. “Three-dimensional broadband omnidirectional acoustic ground cloak.” Nature Materials 13, no. 4 (April 2014): 352–55. https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat3901.
- Cummer, Steven A. “Applied physics. Selecting the direction of sound transmission.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 343, no. 6170 (January 2014): 495–96. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1249616.