Duke Engineering in the News

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

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.

Wallet Hub

David Schaad provides some expert opinions on how cities can make green initiatives.

The Atlantic - City Lab

A report on how the Pratt Pouch is being used to stop newborns from contracting HIV from their mothers in South America.

Genetic Engineering News

Coverage of the recent study showing that CRISPR can effectively activate and silence specific gene promoters and enhancers without any off-target effects.

The Chronicle

The Duke Electic Vehicle team was invited out to California during Fall Break to shoot a commercial that will air during the debut of the series "Heroes Reborn."

Duke Magazine

Duke Magazine takes a look at the newly opened maker-space in the bottom of Gross Hall dubbed The Foundry, and the student team projects housed within.

WRAL Tech Wire

Long-time MEM professor Greg Hopper is named "Strategist-In-Residence" for HQ Raleigh, an entrepreneurial community that broke ground recently on the site of a 43,000-square-foot expansion.

The Chronicle

A trio of juniors are working with Duke Medicine to design and built a prototype robot that can collect ticks in the wild to reduce researchers' exposure to the potentially deadly critters.


Researchers have engineered rodents to see infrared light by implanting sensors in their visual cortex—a first ever feat announced here yesterday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.


The Smithsonian covers the recent Duke/Apple launch of an app designed to conduct research into mechanizing part of the autism screening process.

New York Daily News

Coverage of Duke's project with Apple to create an app for the iPhone that ill focus on detecting developmental issues by capturing emotion using the front-facing camera on the iPhone. The tool kit will have facial recognition algorithms that track how a child reacts to videos shown on screen.

The Chronicle

A group of Duke undergraduates traveled to Beijing to pitch their business idea to address Global Grand Challenges - a non-profit that helps girls in developing nations engineer and build useful tools, such as clean-burning stove tops and water purifiers. The group took third place.

Duke Chronicle

In 2015, 89 patent applications were filed and 60 received, compared to 30 patents filed and 42 patents received in 2013.


David Smith weighs in on when the world might see a true Harry-Potter-like invisibilty cloak.


Before heading on a trek to the future where invisibility cloaks are a real thing, this podcast investigates how they might come to be, beginning with a talk with David Smith about metamaterials.

The Chronicle

Coverage of the first-ever Triangle Health Innovation Challenge—a health hackathon that brought together students, engineers, clinicians and business professionals to collaborate on complex medical issues.

HP Blogs

Krish Chakrabarty helps host an IEEE-sponsored workshop sharing ideas across the broader academic and industrial community about "middleware"--the software of the future connecting one-off orders with various machine tools to create them.