Duke Engineering in the News

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


WNCN covers a group of Duke engineers who recently designed, built and launched two weather balloons for a class.


An article outlining Alphabet's push for a timeline for rules and regulations to begin being drafted for autonomous vehicles includes research conducted by Missy Cumming's funded by Google X into the attention span of drivers monitoring otherwise autonomous vehicles.

Nanotechnology Now

Pratt ties with Johns Hopkins University for the second-most-highly ranked nanotechnology program.

Nature Reviews Genetics

Nature's latest on the three Science publications that treated Duchenne muscular dystrophy in adult mice, including Charles Gersbach's paper.

The Scientist

Ashutosh Chilkoti and Nicholas Tang create an algorith that will allow researchers around the world to quickly and cheaply mass produce synthetic polypeptides with repetititve encoding sequences.

The Washington Post

Missy Cummings comments for an article on the problem of the "last 50 feet" in drone delivery schemes, saying that the biggest hurdles are "socio-technical."

The New York Times

Researchers at Duke use CRISPR to treat a genetic disorder in an adult mammal for the first time - a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Other prominent stories come from Science, the Daily Mail, The Guardian, BBC News and the Independent.

Paste Magazine

Nenad Bursac's research showing laboratory-grown muscles contracting in response to external stimuli just like native tissue is included on a top ten research list for 2015.

Duke Global

Duke ECE Professor Mike Bergin gives his take on the recent air quality red alert warning issued in Beijing and talks about how tiny inexpensive air quality monitors might pave the way for the future.

Triangle Business Journal

Steve Cummer and researchers from NC State create a metamaterial from aluminum and paper to manipulate acoustic waves to more than double the resolution of acoustic imaging, focus acoustic waves, and control the angles at which sound passes through the metamaterial.

Business Insider

Duke post-doctoral fellow Jana Schaich Borg and director of the Center for Quantitative Modeling Daniel Egger were recognized by Business Insider for putting together the second best class offered on Coursera. The course teaches students how to use Excel to understand the concepts behind uncertainty-reduction and information-gain predictive models that data scientists use.

Foreign Policy

In this podcast, Miguel Nicolelis and Anthony Zador discuss the importance of funding creative neuroscience experiments when—and especially when—the outcome is unknown.

American Scientist

A retrospective look at the origins of cloacking technology and a look forward to how it might be used to shield objects from various types of damaging waves.

Quanta Magazine

Ingrid Daubechies describes the science behind the new worlds that machine learning programs are pulling out of big data.

Foreign Policy

Miguel Nicolelis is named one of Foreigh Policy's 2015 Global Thinkers for his work on a "brainet" connecting three monkey's brains together to solve 3D computer puzzles.


Charles Gersbach is featured in an article describing the emerging use of CRISPR to probe the epigenome.

New York Times

Henry Petroski, professor of civil engineering and history and author of the forthcoming “The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure,” says skip “the indecisive middlemen in Washington."

Advanced Photon Source
NIH Director's Blog
The Wall Street Journal

Darpa has enlisted every top neuro-prosthetic lab in the U.S., including Duke's Miguel Nicolelis, in an effort to link the brain, through a computer, to a dexterous robot.

Durham Herald Sun

More than 800 students nation-wide came to Duke to "Code for Good" at this year's annual HackDuke hackathon.


Fred Boadu has regularly returned to the university where he gained his first degree, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), to help the physics and engineering departments develop their curriculum.

Wired Cyborg Nation

A video outlining the efforts of Miguel Nicolelis to create brain-computer interfaces that can control external robots, such as exoskeletons for parapalegics. 

The Guardian

Missy Cummings comments on the potential applications of Alphabet's and Facebook's competing drone research operations, from providing internet connections through drones flying 90,000 feet in the air to delivering small packages.

National Geographic

Adrian Bejan comments on the use of the Golden Ratio and nature as inspiration for the architecture of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.