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A dashboard view from a vehicle taking measurements of certain types of pollutants during rush hour in Atlanta

July 21, 2017

Rush Hour Pollution May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

In-car measurements of pollutants that cause oxidative stress found exposure levels for drivers to be twice as high as previously believed.

August 03, 2015

Acquisition of Spin-Out Company Bioptigen to Bring Duke Imaging Technology to New Markets

In June 2015, microscopy and imaging systems company Leica Microsystems acquired Bioptigen, Inc., a company born from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. Formed in 2004, Bioptigen has become a leader in optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging technique that uses light to capture [...]

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 [...]

July 15, 2015

Engineering a New Curriculum in Uganda

As the inaugural class of one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first biomedical engineering (BME) programs celebrated its graduation in Kampala, Uganda this May, Duke professor William "Monty" Reichert cheered their success from Durham. Reichert had recently returned to Durham from Kampala, where he spent [...]

July 13, 2015

Chemotherapeutic Coatings Enhance Tumor-Frying Nanoparticles

In a move akin to adding chemical weapons to a firebomb, researchers at Duke University have devised a method for making a promising nanoscale cancer treatment even more deadly to tumors. The invention allows an extremely thin layer of hydrogels (think contact lenses) to be deposited on the surface [...]

July 10, 2015

Harnessing Supercomputers for Computational Materials Science

Duke University researchers and colleagues from the University of California, Berkeley have secured more than $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to help materials scientists around the world solve a high school math problem in linear algebra. The problem in question is solving a [...]

June 30, 2015

Beyond Engineering: Inventing Biomedical Prototypes

There’s an old adage in the aviation industry that pilots make the best airplane design engineers. Having a spatial sense of a cockpit and knowing how controls feel and how the airplane responds is invaluable when building the next Dreamliner. The same is true in the biomedical device industry. A [...]

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 26, 2015

Kenneth Hall Named Editor of ASME Journal of Turbomachinery

Professor Kenneth C. Hall, the Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering at Duke University, has been named the Editor of ASME¹s Journal of Turbomachinery for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2015. The journal [...]

June 24, 2015

MRI Technology Reveals Deep Brain Pathways in Unprecedented Detail

Scientists at Duke Medicine—including a recent Duke biomedical engineering PhD graduate—have produced a 3-D map of the human brain stem at an unprecedented level of detail using MRI technology. In a study to be published June 3 in Human Brain Mapping, the researchers unveil an ultra high-resolution [...]

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