Duke Engineering in the News

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


Stefano Curtarolo and a handful of materials scientists around the world have spent the past decade creating models, algorithms and vast libraries to predict the properties of new materials. Strengthened five years ago by the White House's mulitmillion-dollar Materials Genome Initiative, the field is moving closer to putting computationally predicted materials on the market.

Duke Today

Two Pratt faculty members will be featured during the first Moogfest to be held in Durham. Martin Brooke will be showing off his long-term collaboration exploring dance and electronics, while Steven Cummer will be talking about his 3D acoustic metamaterials.


New research from Ana Barros suggests seasonal tropical cyclones systems play an important role in replenishing local aquifers and inspiring vegetation growth, offsetting carbon released by the fossil fuel and auto industries.


A look at Adrian Bejan's upcoming book and how laws of physics might be used to explain most everything in life, including human behavior and constructs.

SciWorks Radio

Lingchong You is interviewed about his invention of "Swarmbots" that rely on dense populations for survival, making sure individuals can't escape into the environment.


Jungsang Kim and colleagues from University of Maryland has been tapped by the nation's "Q Branch" to take quantum computing efforts to the next level using one of the field's leading technologies—ion traps

The Wall Street Journal

With so much focus constantly being put on the technology behind making driverless cars a reality, Henry Petroski takes a look at some of the software and societal issues that may also hinder their future.

AIAA Momentum

The monthly AIAA Member Spotlight looks at Earl Dowell's achievements and research over the past 50+ years, as well as the man behind them.

IEEE Spectrum

In an issue dedicated to stories about scientist activist whistle blowers, Heather Stapleton is highlighted for her work to show flame retardants used in furniture, clothes and more can both be harmful to babies and children and not really help much in a fire.

Homeland Security Today

A Duke University team has improved upon an old technology by bringing modern data analytics to conventional mass spectrometers used for chemical detection.


Excessive use of antibiotics has long been lambasted as the main culprit at fault for growing bacterial resistance, but new research from a study led by Duke University researchers reveals that, with a few exceptions, antibiotics do not in fact promote the spread of bacterial antibiotic resistance through genetic swapping.

US News and World Report

Duke ranks 9th in the list of engineering graduate programs ranked by US World and News Report in terms of percentage of female graduate students. 


Duke University researchers have received NVIDIA’s $150,000 Global Impact Award for their work using GPU-powered imaging techniques that give surgeons a 3D, stereoscopic live feed while performing highly sensitive ocular microsurgery.


Henry Petroski talks about his book The Road Taken: The History and future of America’s Infrastructure, in which he provides a history of America’s infrastructure and argues that the nation’s infrastructure needs updating.

The Guardian

Douglas Nowacek weighs in on how damaging loud underwater prospecting practices recently approved for use by the Obama administration can be.

Duke Global

This spring break, Duke engineering undergraduates traveled nearly 4,000 miles to study air and water quality in Bolivia's high-altitude capital city of La Paz, where they partnered with local students for a once-in-a-lifetime fieldwork experience.


Mary "Missy" Cummings pens an article urging America's lawmakers and policy groups to hurry up and create the laws and regulations for drones that she helped recommend more than two years ago.

New Scientist

In research conducted by Miguel Nicolelis, rat brains quickly adapted to use data from four infrared sensors, allowing them to "see" in the dark and paving the way for augmenting the human brain.

BBC News

At a recent conference, Amanda Randles revealed results showing that their whole-body supercomputer models of blood flowing through a complete vascular system is accurate enough to model flow through the aorta - the largest, most complex section.

Duke Today

Duke Today features two new spaces on campus that were transformed from basements housing mechanical necessities to student innovation hubs, including Gross Hall's basement's transformation into The Foundry.

USA Today

Missy Cummings testifies on Capital Hill about the future of self-driving vehicles


In an article featuring five ways CRISPR-Cas9 can be used besides editing the genome, Nature reviews Charles Gersbach's work on delivering epigentic markets to histones to activate specific genes' expression levels.


A blog post from NVIDIA shows how Joe Izatt is using their technology combined with OCT to give eye surgeons real-time, 3D views of their surgeries.

IEEE Spectrum

Scientists at Duke University have demonstrated a wireless brain-machine interface that allows monkeys to navigate a robotic wheelchair using their thoughts.

The News and Observer

Cynthia Toth, Mike Toth and Sina Farsiu use Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to try to find writing on ancient pieces of papyrus.