Duke Engineering in the News

Check out the latest media coverage of Duke engineering research and education.

The News & Observer

Duke University neuroscientist and biomedical engineer Warren Grill has been awarded a $4 million grant to study deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease.


Scientists at Duke University Hospital are using MRI technology to develop a three-dimensional map of the human brain stem. It gives doctors the highest level of detail ever, and it could improve care for patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease and tremors.

Duke Today

Michael Gustafson, who earned three degrees from Duke and teaches in the Pratt School of Engineering, will serve as faculty director of the B.N. Duke Scholarship program, Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, announced Tuesday.

The World Academy of Sciences

The World Academy of Sciences features Ingrid Daubechies and talks to her about her experience breaking the glass ceiling in mathematics.

Duke Today

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.


The first grants of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative are set to be awarded, raising technical and ethical concerns at a recenet BRAIN workshop. One concern from Warren Grill is a patient's ability to get replacement parts if the company making them goes under or switches lines of research.


Microscopy giant Leica Microsystems has made a strategic move into optical coherence tomography (OCT), with a deal to acquire US-based Bioptigen - founded by Joseph Izatt back in 2004 - for an undisclosed sum.

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail reports on Adrian Bejan's discovery that the ideal fire shape is as wide as it is tall.


A brief note about the announcement of NASA and Verizon exploring the option of tracking drones with cell phone towers includes the observation from Missy Cummings that, "We can already track phones like crazy...[so the plan is] a nice alternative to saturating an already broken air traffic control system.”

Jun 2, 2015: 3-D Fabric Scaffold
NSF Science 360

Farshid Guilak and Xuanhe Zhao combined two technologies they each helped develop to create a better formula for synthetic replacement cartilage in joints.

Duke Research

A $5.9 million NIH grant spearheaded by Timothy Reddy will try to search for separation of benefits and risks with the help of Charles Gersbach, who will use his CRISPR/Cas9 genomic targeting tool to control genomic activity during experiments.

Duke Magazine

Duke Magazine talks to Missy Cummings about working in engineering and the Navy as a woman, the ironic nature of her laboratory's name HAL, and the future of autonomous drones and cars.

Duke Online Education Initiatives

Thanks to support from Duke Online Education Initiatives, Martin Brooke will develop a new version of a Duke electronics lab course in which students will conduct experiments outside the lab using portable electronics kits and online tutorials.

May 4, 2015: Fixing the Signal

Warren Grill's work on electrical stimulation to treat urinary incontinence is featured in this feature article on exploring specific neural neighborhoods. Jonathan Viventi's work on a super-flexible electrode array that gives a far more nuanced view of brain activity is also featured.

Duke Translational Medical Institute

The Duke Translational Medical Institute has funded a project by Warren Grill and Nandan Lad to test a new method for reducing spinal cord pain through electric stimulation that works by changing the pulse repetition frequency.

Campus Technology

The Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) receives $9.75 million in gifts and matching grants to sustain its programs moving forward to pull meaning out of big data.

Duke Translational Medical Institute

The Duke Translational Medical Institute talks to new BME chair Ashutosh Chilkoti on how translational medicine has colored his world.

Time Warner Cable News

A model to predict the population of mosquitos and the spread of mosquito-borne diseases helps protect people and livestock in eastern North Carolina.

The Huffington Post

Adrian Bejan delves deep into what the Constructal Law has to say about evolution and growth, and how the two are often confused.

News & Observer

Steve Cummer describes the many fascinating and unknown phenomena associated with lightning that most people don't even realize exists.

National Academy of Engineering: The Bridge

The Bridge's new series that interviews engineers who have had an impact on pop culture talks with notable and prolific author Henry Petroski.

Greenville News

Clemson's engineering dean Anand Gramopadhye touts the need for engineers educated in a Grand Challenge Scholars curriculum.

EE Times

Krishnendu Chakrabarty has come up with a way to standardize the testing of 3D microchips that can be used on the assembly line, saving time and money for companies such as GlobalFoundries, IBM, Intel, Freescale, Texas Instruments, Advanced Micro Devices, Analog Devices, Qualcomm, and Mubadala Technology.

CNN Situation Room

Missy Cummings appears on CNN's Situation Room to talk about the potential for computers to fly commercial aircraft.


New work from Charles Gersbach uses CRISPR to control the epigenome and activate gene promoters and enhancers.