News Archive for Grad Student

December 01, 2006

Ellerbee wins NSBE Grad Student of the Year

Audrey Ellerbee, Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, was selected Graduate Student of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers. She will receive her 2007 Golden Torch Award at the NSBE’s national meeting in Columbus, Ohio, in March. This honor recognizes Ellerbee’s [...]

December 01, 2006

Pratt's Engineering Management Program Attracts International Fulbright Scholars

International Fulbrighters: Genoveva Wong (front left), Valerie Speth (front right), Adnan Haider (back left) and Erdem Sahillioglu (back right) Although they come from varied backgrounds–— hailing from Germany, Panama, Pakistan and Turkey–— four of this year’s Masters of [...]

November 29, 2006

Probing Hidden Chemistries with Light

Scott McCain (left) and David Bradyby Monte Basgall As part of a new computerized approach to chemical analysis, researchers at the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics are developing a way to use near-infrared laser beams as probes to measure levels of alcohol in a person's bloodstream. The method could prove to have a number of advantages over conventional breathalyzers, according to Scott McCain, a graduate student working on the project.

November 27, 2006

Cancer Spinoff Company Bags Early Attention in Duke Start-Up Challenge

A company founded in June 2006 by Assistant Biomedical Engineering (BME) Professor Adam Wax and (BME) Research Scientist William Brown has won the “Most Intriguing Idea” award in the healthcare category of the Phase 1 competition of the Duke Start-Up Challenge. The company is called Oncoscope and its goal is to build an accurate, quick and cost effective optical biopsy system for detecting pre-cancerous cells in epitheal tissues. The initial target is the esophagus.

November 07, 2006

Common Interests Lured Four Fulbright Scholars to Pratt's Engineering Management Program

MEMP Fulbright ScholarsAlthough they come from varied backgrounds–— hailing from Germany, Panama, Pakistan and Turkey–— four of this year’s Masters of Engineering Management (MEM) class share a common bond: all have traveled from their home countries to the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering with the full support of a

November 06, 2006

Invisibility Cloak Lands Duke Engineers on ‘Scientific American 50′

Two researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have been named to the "Scientific American 50" for their work on developing an "invisibility cloak." Compiled by Scientific American magazine, the roster of leaders in research, business and public policy will appear in the December 2006 issue, expected on newsstands Nov. 21.

November 06, 2006

Bohrer Relies on Virtual Forests to Elucidate Real Ones

With the aid of time spent among simulated trees, Gil Bohrer, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering from Israel, is getting a better handle on how wind flows through the forest. Inside his virtual world, trees can be moved around or made transparent and air currents of differing [...]

November 01, 2006

Cutler & Madhav win Training Grants

Two BME graduate students recently received pre-doctoral training grants totaling $90,000 over a three-year period. Spencer J. Cutler received his grant for “Automation and Preclinical Evaluation of a Dedicated Emission Mammotomography System for Fully 3-D Molecular Breast Imaging." Priti [...]

October 19, 2006

First Demonstration of a Working Invisibility Cloak

A team led by scientists at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering has demonstrated the first working "invisibility cloak." The cloak deflects microwave beams so they flow around a "hidden" object inside with little distortion, making it appear almost as if nothing were there at all.

October 16, 2006

New Engineered Drug May Offer Prolonged Arthritis Relief

Researchers at Duke University have devised a new way to significantly prolong the effects of an anti-inflammatory drug, potentially making it useful for providing longer-lasting treatment for osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.The modified drug, which would be injected directly into arthritic joints, could last for several weeks rather than just the few hours the unmodified drug would last, the researchers said.