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DURHAM N.C. – Randomness and chaos in nature, as it turns out, can be a good thing – especially when trying to harvest energy from the movements of everyday activities. Duke University engineers believe they have come up with the theoretical underpinning that could lead to the development of energy harvesting devices that are not only more versatile than those in use today, but should be able to wring out more electricity from the motions of life.
Brian Diekman, a Biomedical Engineering graduate student in the laboratory of Farshid Guilak, swept the awards at the annual meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society.
For his work on characterizing the properties of folding-wing aircraft, mechanical engineering graduate student Ivan Wang was recently awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Defense and the American Society for Engineering Education. Wang was inspired to pursue this line of research while an undergraduate Pratt Fellow working in the laboratory of Earl Dowell, William Holland Hall Professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical...
Laura Paulsen, a Master of Science student in biomedical engineering won the Duke University Startup Challenge Elevator Pitch competition.
Duke engineers won big at the Startup Open competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011 in Boston. The team included two alumnae and a graduate student and their start-up company for micro-turbine technology. The competition team includes Jason Ethier ‘10 BSE, Hardy Shen ’09 BSE, ’10 MEMP, and current mechanical engineering graduate Ivan Wang, ’09 BSE.
The newly released educational video on nanoscience called "Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?" features the Duke led Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) . This video focuses on CEINT researchers discussing their integrated research initiatives that are designed to link fundamental physical and chemical properties of nano-scale materials with their observed biological and ecosystem effects. 
Timothy Mwangi, Ph.D. candidate in BME, won a best presentation award at the 2011 North Carolina Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society meeting on Friday, November 4th.  Tim's paper was titled "Silk Fibroin Microparticles for Intra-articular Drug Delivery of Curcumin," which represents a collaboration with Tufts professor, David Kaplan, and Duke orthopaedic surgeon, Brian Mata. The meeting was hosted by Wake Forest University this year with over 220 attendees, many coming...
For their research into methods for improving the environment, two Pratt civil and environmental engineering  graduate students were recently awarded  EPA STAR fellowships. The students, Matthew Strickland and Thomas Morse,  will each receive support in finishing their degrees as well as funding for their respective research endeavors.
Recognizing that some of the leading scientists and engineers involved in the field of soft matter research are located in the Research Triangle Park area, the National Science Foundation has provided a six-year, $13.6 million grant to establish a multi-university center to investigate aspects of this promising area of scientific endeavor.
Alex Kent, a PhD student working with Professor Warren Grill, was selected as the North American Finalist in the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Student Scientific Paper Competition. He will present his paper, "Instrumentation to Record Evoked Potentials for Closed-Loop Control of Deep Brain Stimulation", at the 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'11) to be held in Boston, MA, USA on August 30-September 3, 2011. Alex's...