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.

October 08, 2014

Melina Smith: Understanding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

As a Grand Challenges Scholar, I am uniting my penchant for physics and engineering with my passion for neuroscience and psychology toward the goal of Reverse-Engineering the Brain. I work in the laboratory of Marc Sommer, professor of biomedical engineering, studying the effect of transcranial [...]

October 08, 2014

Kevin Mauro: Building a Brain-to-Brain Interface

A brain-to-brain interface connects one organism's brain to another to allow direct communication of neural data. Scary, right? But while words, vocal inflections and facial expressions are often misinterpreted, in a brain-to-brain interface, direct transmission of thoughts prevents any [...]

October 08, 2014

Kevin Nikolaus: Scanning the Environment with Unmanned Aerial Systems

My Grand Challenge Scholar research centers on the challenge of engineering the tools of scientific discovery. Although it is one of the less mentioned of the fourteen NAE grand challenges, I believe that it holds a crucial role in designing a better future. "This program has certainly changed my [...]

October 08, 2014

Lucas Johnston: Preventing Injuries through Orthopaedic Biomechanics

As a member of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, I am integrating all of my experience in technical research, interdisciplinary learning, service, entrepreneurship and global perspective to expand my knowledge and focus my capabilities to help solve the Grand Challenge of Engineering Better [...]

October 08, 2014

Mona Dai: Treating Contaminated Drinking Water in Uganda

As part of the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, I am focusing on the challenge of providing clean drinking water access to all. My research project focuses specifically on the impact of using ceramic water filters (CWF) to treat contaminated drinking water in Uganda. Ceramic water filters are [...]

October 06, 2014

Sapiro Awarded Two New Grants to Understand the Brain

Guillermo Sapiro, the Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, has been awarded two new grants totaling about $2.5 million over the next five years. Sapiro is a co-investigator on both grants, each exploring the detailed inner workings of the [...]

October 03, 2014

Pratt Students Speak at White House BRAIN Conference

Three Pratt participants in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program were invited to the White House Sept. 30 for the BRAIN Conference. The national conference celebrated new commitments to President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative that aims to revolutionize [...]

October 01, 2014

Nanoparticles Accumulate Quickly in Wetland Sediment

A Duke University team has found that nanoparticles called single-walled carbon nanotubes accumulate quickly in the bottom sediments of an experimental wetland setting, an action they say could indirectly damage the aquatic food chain. The results indicate little risk to humans ingesting the [...]

September 30, 2014

Chilkoti Awarded $1.25 Million for Elastin Fusion Protein Development

Tosh Chilkoti, professor and chair of the biomedical engineering department at Duke, has been awarded a new, four-year, $1.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The award marks the fourth such grant Chilkoti has received for his work on elastin fusion proteins, which is now [...]

September 29, 2014

Yiyang Gong: Lighting Up Brain Activity

Yiyang Gong will join the faculty of the biomedical engineering department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering beginning November 1, 2014. An expert in nanophotonics, Gong is developing genetic sensors that literally light up the brain. Gong began his career designing optical [...]