News Archive for Industry

March 14, 2017

Data-Savvy Students

A new course aims to make data competency a signature strength of every Duke Engineering undergraduate

March 07, 2017

Real Problems, Real Teamwork

Duke’s nationally recognized Data+ program brings teams of faculty and students together each summer to explore data-driven approaches to real-world problems—including many from clients such as Accenture, Fidelity Charitable and Duke Health. Impactful projects like the ones below will soon become [...]

November 10, 2016

Leading the NFL’s Charge to Improve Player Safety

Duke biomechanics experts will direct an international program to spur advancements in protective equipment and technology

October 12, 2016

MEDx Reflections: Q&A with Robert E. Fischell, Recipient of the National Medal for Technology and Innovation

One of Duke’s most lauded alumni, Robert E. Fischell E’51, returns to campus for the first MEDx Distinguished Lecture

July 15, 2016

Walker Joins Duke as Mattson Family Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures

Duke Engineering alumnus and entrepreneur Bill Walker will join the Pratt School of Engineering this summer as the school's first Mattson Family Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures. This new position at Pratt, made possible by a gift from Pratt Board of Visitors member George Mattson E'87 and [...]

May 31, 2016

Duke Biomanufacturing Technology Licensed by Spinoff Company DMC

Technology simplifies and maximizes chemical production by decoupling microbial growth and product formation processes

April 07, 2016

Getting the Graduate Experience in Silicon Valley

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and Law School are launching a summer program that takes graduate students to the world’s hub for technical innovation and enterprise. The new offering will immerse students in the world of technology [...]

April 04, 2016

Duke's Materials Science Sparks a Brighter Energy Future

Energy provides humanity with immeasurable benefits and promise, allowing people all over the world to maintain or improve their standard of living and build healthier and happier communities. Yet the production and use of energy also introduces a number of emerging threats, including climate [...]

March 10, 2016

Connected Car Technology Returns Home with Proud Parent

The future of mobile satellite communications recently rolled through the engineering quad on Duke’s campus. Dubbed the “mTenna,” the flat device is about the size of your hand and can connect with satellites in any direction while on the move, providing internet connections at speeds capable of [...]

November 04, 2015

Duke Pioneers Pathway to Philanthropy for Entrepreneurs Through New Program

Entrepreneurs who are passionate about Duke University now have a new vehicle that allows them to support the university by leveraging their start-ups. The new DukeOne program enables entrepreneurs to pledge 1 percent of their company to Duke, deferring their gift until they have sold their company [...]

September 09, 2015

The Foundry Opens for Student Innovation

Duke University celebrated the grand opening of its brand new “maker space” on September 3, 2015. Dubbed “The Foundry” after a competitive naming contest, the newly renovated basement of Gross Hall features 7,600 feet of project space for Duke student teams, faculty, and staff focused on [...]

September 08, 2015

BME Alumni to Provide Entrepreneurial Advice

Duke Biomedical Engineering is launching a new seminar series focused on entrepreneurship this fall. Featuring three Duke alumni who have gone on to start successful businesses, the lectures will give attendees the opportunity to learn from those who got their start in exactly the same spot. The [...]

August 03, 2015

Acquisition of Spin-Out Company Bioptigen to Bring Duke Imaging Technology to New Markets

In June 2015, microscopy and imaging systems company Leica Microsystems acquired Bioptigen, Inc., a company born from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. Formed in 2004, Bioptigen has become a leader in optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging technique that uses light to capture [...]

June 30, 2015

Beyond Engineering: Inventing Biomedical Prototypes

There’s an old adage in the aviation industry that pilots make the best airplane design engineers. Having a spatial sense of a cockpit and knowing how controls feel and how the airplane responds is invaluable when building the next Dreamliner. The same is true in the biomedical device industry. A [...]

June 01, 2015

Waiting to Exhale

A startup company based on technology invented at Duke University is working to make blood glucose measurement as easy as exhalation—and end the need to draw blood. The idea is the brainchild of Ryan McCormick, a recent PhD graduate from Duke’s Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering (ECE [...]

April 29, 2015

A Fitting Name for New Gross Hall Space: 'The Foundry'

Evoking the energetic spirit of industry and entrepreneurship, the new “maker space” in the lower level of Gross Hall has been named The Foundry: The Design Foundry @ Duke. The name was selected from 174 naming ideas submitted by 121 students, faculty and staff during a campus-wide contest. “There [...]

April 15, 2015

Engineering a Smarter Stride

If you asked Ivonna Dumanyan just five years ago where she’d be today, starting a running tech company at Duke University would never have crossed her mind. But thanks to a lot of hard work and the entrepreneurial resources provided across Duke’s campus, her present-day reality has outstripped her [...]

March 19, 2015

Name That Space!

The new innovative 'maker space' in Gross Hall opens this fall, and the Duke community is invited to suggest its new name – entries due April 6. There’s something about garages and basements that connect with creativity. It’s a well-known story how Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built their first [...]

March 10, 2015

Inflating to Decelerate Spacecraft

*Crackle* "Houston, this is Mars One. We are at the insertion point. Permission to enter the atmosphere and descend to the surface?" *Crackle* "Mars One, this is Houston, copy. Permission granted to deploy the HIAD. Proceed as planned. Godspeed." Thanks in part to the research of Benjamin Goldman, [...]

December 04, 2014

Duke Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Leading Genome Editing Company

Duke University has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Editas Medicine, a leading genome editing company, for genetic engineering technologies developed in the lab of Charles Gersbach, assistant professor of biomedical engineering. The agreement focuses on Gersbach’s work with genome [...]

October 08, 2014

Duke Startup Innovates Blood-Testing Technology—and Tech Transfer Process

A new technology to exponentially improve blood-screening for transfusions has leapfrogged its way from Duke University lab to corporate development. In an unusually streamlined tech-transfer deal, a two-year-old startup company founded by Duke bioengineers was acquired last week by industry giant [...]

June 10, 2014

PhDs Ready-Made for the Business World

The PhD Plus Program is designed to assist graduate students in making effective career decisions in industry, consulting, government or academia. Recently Dean Katsouleas and CEE PhD candidate Sarah Diringer wrote about the value of the program for Forbes. Read the original version at Forbes, or [...]

May 21, 2014

Ashutosh Chilkoti Receives Award from the Duke Translational Research Institute

Ashutosh Chilkoti, the Theo Pilkington Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is one of five investigators at Duke who received $100,000 in May from the Duke Translational Research Institute (DTRI) to accelerate projects from preclinical to Phase I clinical trials. DTRI awards these collaborative [...]

April 29, 2014

Pratt's MicroCT Scanner Peers into Every Dimension

The MicroCT scanner at Duke University is available for use by anyone, whether it be a Duke researcher, a scientists from another university or someone from the private sector. The machine uses x-rays to create 3D models of objects and even lets researchers look through their interiors slice-by- [...]

February 21, 2014

Duke’s StartupConnect Attracts Startups, Hundreds of Attendees

Aspiring Duke entrepreneurs met with more than 20 startup employers during the inaugural StartupConnect event Thursday at Gross Hall. The event, which was open to Duke students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, as well as invited guests from UNC, provided students with an understanding of the [...]

September 23, 2013

Ph.D. Plus Gives Engineering Graduate Students Career Edge

A Ph.D. in engineering, followed by years of postdoctoral study, has traditionally opened the door to an academic career focused on research and teaching—but more and more Ph.D. engineers are headed in other directions.  In fact, today, around 70 percent of Duke University’s engineering Ph.D. [...]

August 06, 2013

Entrepreneurs in ECE

Entrepreneurship success stories abound in Duke’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Look at Advanced Liquid Logic: founded in 2004 by ECE graduate students Vamsee Pamula and Michael Pollack, the company was acquired in July 2013 by Illumina, Inc., which develops life science tools [...]

July 08, 2013

“Big Data” Collaboration Gives Students Big Experience

Jim Shappell was on an airplane last winter the first time he gave “big data” much serious thought. Like many people, Shappell, Parsons Corporation’s Group Executive for Strategy and Business Development, was becoming familiar with the concept of big data. But some in-flight reading really got him [...]

January 07, 2013

Lucinda Camras: Scientist and Entrepreneur

Lucinda Camras has to wait only a little while longer before she’s able to put “Ph.D.” after her name, and when that time comes, those letters will follow several other impressive letters – CSO – as in chief scientific officer. In her first year of graduate training at Duke, Lucinda had already [...]

June 17, 2011

Precision Photonics Internship

This past summer I worked for Precision Photonics, a relatively small laser optics company in my hometown of Boulder, CO. Its primary business is manufacturing optical components for laser applications in the telecom, defense, and R&D industries, to name a few. While I performed a wide variety [...]

October 29, 2010

New Initiative Will Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke

DURHAM -- Duke University is launching a major campus-wide initiative to expand the societal impact of Duke innovations and better serve students who seek to think big, follow their dreams and launch initiatives of their own as entrepreneurs. Kimberly Jenkins, a university alumna and trustee who [...]

May 07, 2010

Myers Takes Leadership Role at the Duke Translational Research Institute

DURHAM, NC – Biomedical engineering Professor Barry Myers has been named director of emerging programs at Duke’s Translational Research Institute (DTRI). The goal of the DTRI is to rapidly and effectively invent, develop, and test new drugs, diagnostics, and devices for human use. Myers’ role at [...]

April 22, 2010

Pratt Energy-Saving Technology Acquired

Belkin International, Inc., has completed its acquisition of Zensi, a developer of technology that senses and monitors energy use founded by Matt Reyonolds, Pratt assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This acquisition [...]

May 22, 2009

Industry-Based Practicums Offer Students Real-World Project Experiences

Duke's Pratt School of Engineering encourages student collaboration with industry, and the Master of Engineering Management Program (MEMP) fosters such collaboration through practicums, internships, seminars, and workshops. One successful example is the MEM Consulting Practicum Program (CPP) offered through the popular course EGRMGMT 296.

May 13, 2009

MEM Student Start-Up Sure to Be a Success

When Baris Guzel, a Turkey native working in Germany, came to the US to get his MEM degree at Duke, he quickly discovered that America, among other things, is a country that uses technology efficiency. His in-box was quickly bombarded with emails asking him to complete surveys for anything from [...]

May 08, 2009

Giving Gasoline That Power Shot - Greenly

How's this for a great recipe—use environment toxins to improve energy efficiency? Start with two chemicals, each of which is a noxious industrial byproduct. Combine. Package resulting liquid in eight-ounce bottles. Slap PowerShot on the label. Sell for $4.95 a pop. Put in gas tank. “When added at [...]

May 04, 2009

MEM Student Brings Many Talents to the Entrepreneurial World

Legions of genetically souped-up silkworms could someday produce a substance that more effectively protects troops in battle at less than half the weight of current body armor. It has been long known that the silk spun by spiders is remarkably strong and flexible. However, the main challenge to [...]

November 14, 2008

Treating Third World Spine Injuries

Later this month during Engineering Week, teams of students from the Pratt School of Engineering and across the campus will compete in the annual Duke Start-Up Challenge, a school-year-long competition that culminates in a $25,000 prize. Last year's first place winner was a company that developed a chip to be implanted in the brain of epileptics to control their seizures, while the runner-up developed a framework for the creation of games.

June 06, 2008

Students' Plan to Tackle Epileptic Seizures

Seizures, the often frightening and historically misunderstood outward manifestations of epilepsy, have long challenged physicians and struck fear in patients. Although there are drugs on the market to control seizures, many patients receive little benefit. But there may now be a reason to hope for some of these patients.

March 18, 2008

Needham's Liposomes Headed to Liver Cancer Trials Via Celsion Corporation

A cancer treatment technology developed by Duke materials engineer David Needham and radiation oncologist Mark Dewhirst has started Phase III human clinical trials in both Hong Kong and the United States. The technology is a heat-sensitive engineered capsule called a liposome containing the frequently-used chemotherapy drug doxorubicin.

March 17, 2008

Duke optical spinoff company wins Frost & Sullivan North America Award for Excellence in Research

Bioptigen, a spinoff company co-founded by Duke biomedical engineer Joseph Izatt, has won the Frost & Sullivan 2007 North American Optical Coherence Tomography Excellence in Research Award. Bioptigen was singled out for its work in spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) for [...]

December 17, 2007

Duke Undergraduate Entrepreneurs in Action

Ideas that included promoting childrens books for African-Americans and creation of a cooperative kitchen for low-income single mothers were among the student presentations Dec. 6 at the Undergraduate Entrepreneurs Pitch Session, part of the University’s inaugural Entrepreneurship Week. Six groups [...]

December 05, 2007

Internship at Teledyne Continental Motors

I spent the summer following my freshman year in an internship with a company called Teledyne Continental Motors – Turbine Engines located in Toledo, Ohio. Teledyne is a very diverse industrial conglomerate company with both domestic and global interests. The Turbine Engines division that I worked [...]

December 05, 2007

Research and Play in Dresden, Germany

I had the opportunity to do a ten-week internship at the Vodafone Mobile Communications Chair, at Technische Universitat Dresden from May to August 2007. Dresden is a city in mid-eastern Germany about two hours south of Berlin. It is the capitol of Saxony and is a city with a rich history and [...]

December 05, 2007

Summer Internship with Cisco Systems

I remember the moment that I began to want a summer internship. It was in the middle of Winter Break during an 8 hour marathon of bad VH1 shows that I realized how utterly bored I was. I told myself I couldn't let this happen to me over the summer. I had just declared my major in Electrical & [...]

December 05, 2007

Electrical Engineering Research in Berlin

This summer, I did research in electrical engineering at Fraunhofer Institute of Reliability and Integration in Berlin. My project involved modeling the first-order delta sigma analog to digital converter using MATLAB & SIMULINK and also its non-idealities. I was supervised by a PhD student at [...]

December 05, 2007

Orthopedic Medical Device Design at Kinamed, Inc.

During the summer, I worked at Kinamed, Inc., an orthopedic medical device engineering firm in Camarillo, Califa. Vineet Sarin, a 1995 graduate of Duke engineering, arranged for me to make the most of my time at Kinamed through tasks that incorporated project re-design, modeling, drawing, marketing [...]

December 05, 2007

An Internship at Nike

Love, devotion, and even obsession could easily describe me as a Duke Athletics fan. Whether it is how I can count on one hand the number of basketball games I’ve missed the past three years or my participation on the Varsity Track and Field team, my passion for sports fuels my competitive nature [...]

December 05, 2007

Buzz Moorman on an Internship at Lockheed Martin

This past summer I had the opportunity to work with Lockheed Martin in Houston, Texas on the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) project, also known as the “Orion” spacecraft. The Orion will essentially serve as the next Apollo, since it will take American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually to [...]

November 26, 2007

Tumor Assessment Device Wins Seed Funding from The Carolinas Photonics Consortium

The Carolinas Photonics Consortium (CPC) has selected biomedical engineering postdoctoral researcher Quincy Brown of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering to receive $10,000 in seed funding for the development of a device aimed at dramatically decreasing the number of repeat surgeries for [...]

November 05, 2007

Why Engineers Make Good Business People

Note: The following represents a speech presented by Sy Sternberg, chairman and CEO of New York Life Insurance Co., at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering on Saturday, Nov. 3, during Parents Weekend. Sternberg is an engineer by education, with bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical [...]

October 01, 2007

In New Position, Lawrence Boyd to Boost Student Entrepreneurship at Duke

Three days after completing his doctoral work in biomedical engineering, Lawrence Boyd got started in a completely new role, as associate director of Duke's Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization (CERC). The position was created with funding support from several departments and [...]

October 01, 2007

Duke's Smart Home – Finally A Reality

After almost five years of plans, dreams, fundraising and ultimately construction, Duke’s new smart home will be finished in November. Ten Pratt engineers and Trinity students anticipate moving into the Home Depot Smart Home in January -- prepared to become Duke’s newest ambassadors of E-Living. [...]

September 01, 2007

Back to School and Time to Think about Next Summer

In the midst of settling back into campus life and a new course schedule, it's already time to start thinking about next summer's internship or full-time job, says Kirsten Shaw, assistant director of Corporate and Industry Relations at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. The good news is that there are plenty of resources available on campus to get undergraduates prepared.

June 11, 2007

Startup Advanced Liquid Logic Receives Frost & Sullivan's Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award

Advanced Liquid Logic, which is developing miniscule fluidic technology that can turn silicon chips into labs, is consulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s choice for its 2007 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award. The rising startup company, founded by former Duke engineering graduate students [...]

May 17, 2007

Clinical Activity for Celsion's Thermodox Reported

Early results from a Phase I clinical study of ThermoDox for treating patients with recurrent breast cancer on the chest wall revealed that after only two cycles of a low-dose, six-cycle regimen, six patients showed early signs of clinically meaningful activity, according to a release issued by Celsion Corporation.

May 01, 2007

CUREs Winner Tackles Cervical Cancer in Haiti and Around the World

The winning team of the second annual Duke-Engineering World Health CUREs non-profit business competition has developed a device to help catch cervical cancer early in women of developing countries. The low-cost device called a cerviScope might also hold promise for use in industrialized countries [...]

May 01, 2007

Coulter-Duke Translational Partnership – Year Two

Four new projects have been selected for funding through the 2007 call for proposals for the Coulter-Duke Translational Partnership. Biomedical engineering professor Ashutosh Chilkoti is partnering with Assistant Professor Philip Febbo of the Duke School of Medicine and Institute for Genome Science [...]

April 01, 2007

China Outpacing Rivals in Producing Graduate-Level Engineers, Study Finds

China is “racing ahead” of both the United States and India in producing graduates with advanced engineering and technology degrees and in its ability to perform basic research, according to new findings in a Duke University-authored article published in the online edition of Issues in Science and [...]

February 15, 2007


Dean Kristina M. Johnson and Duke electrical and computer engineering doctoral graduate Sangrok Lee founded MBright, a next-generation digital display technology company after winning $50,000 in startup funding from the Duke Startup Challenge in 2004. MBright utilizes liquid crystal on silicon [...]

February 15, 2007

NDI Medical

Formed in 2002, NDI Medical develops, manufactures, commercializes and markets neurostimulation products. Their experienced team of business executives, engineers and regulatory professionals have built a successful, growing, implantable neurostimulation medical device company located in Cleveland [...]

February 15, 2007


Photonics and ultrasound engineering researchers from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and George Washington University created a spinoff company in 2003 to market a novel optical scanner miniaturized enough to be inserted into the body, where its light beams could someday detect abnormalities [...]

February 15, 2007


Illuminus is a Duke spinoff company developing technology to measure the removal of breast tumors during breast conserving surgery. An estimated 125,000 women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer receive breast conserving surgery each year. The project manager, Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, an [...]

February 09, 2007

Advanced Liquid Logic

Advanced Liquid Logic develops products that leverage the Company's unique droplet-based liquid handling technology for high quality, reliable, rapid, and cost effective results in a diverse range of diagnostic and other applications. Digital microfluidics is a lab-on-a-chip approach based on [...]

February 09, 2007

Signal Innovations Group, Inc.

Signal Innovations Group, Inc. (SIG) is a Research Triangle Park, NC based company that is pioneering new data modeling methods and cutting-edge algorithm design for pattern recognition and decision systems. These technologies have enabled our customers to understand and exploit sensor data in new [...]

February 09, 2007


Humacyte is a vascular tissue engineering company pioneering the production of replacement blood vessels on demand with a patient’s own cells. Humacyte’s patented technology will focus specifically on producing small diameter grafts for patients suffering from coronary artery disease (CAD) or [...]

February 09, 2007


Bioptigen has pioneered a new class of in vivo optical imaging systems for biomedical applications. These systems enable real-time non-invasive imaging of internal tissue microstructure, advancing critical applications in drug development, genetics research, tissue engineering, and medical vision.

February 09, 2007


Centice designs and manufactures molecular spectroscopy optical sensors that are used by our partners in general purpose and application-specific products. Centice sensors are based on patent-pending computational sensor technology exclusively licensed from Duke University, where the technology was [...]

February 09, 2007

Ford Encourages Motorsports Innovation

Ford Motor Co. provided financial support to the Duke University Motorsports club. This is a team of undergraduate students that design, fabricate and race an open-wheeled Formula SAE Series car in the Formula SAE competition in Detroit, Mich., as well as in several autocrosses across the state of [...]

February 09, 2007

SAIC Fostering Next-Gen Autonomous Robots

SAIC Inc. is providing funding, equipment and supplies to support members of Duke’s Robotics Club. Duke is partnering with Georgia Tech’s Sting Racing team to participate in the DARPA Urban Challenge. The Urban Challenge tests the ability of competing autonomous robots to drive 60 miles in an urban [...]

February 09, 2007

Newport Gives Optics Students a Peek Inside the Black Box

Jason Eichenholz, director of strategic marketing at Newport Corp., conducted an extensive technology demo for Duke engineering students. He showcased a wide range of Newport products to Duke’s Optical Society of America Student Chapter and discussed the company’s cuttingedge technology and how it [...]

February 09, 2007

Textron Supports Underrepresented Minorities

Textron Inc. is sponsoring three Master of Engineering Management (MEM) fellowships each year from 2005 through 2009. The goal of the program is to encourage women and minorities to pursue careers in engineering management. Fellows conduct a summer internship at one of several Textron facilities, [...]

February 09, 2007

Hewlett-Packard Award Expands Technology for Teaching

The tablet computers already successfully integrated into electrical and computer engineering are now in more Pratt classrooms. Duke won a second Technology for Teaching Leadership grant from Hewlett-Packard. This project, led by Assistant Professor of the Practice Lisa Huettel, provided 40 tablet [...]

January 04, 2007

Skilled, Educated Immigrants Contribute Significantly to U.S. Economy

Note to Editors: "America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs" is available online. Durham, NC -- Immigrant entrepreneurs founded 25.3 percent of the U.S. engineering and technology companies established in the past decade, according to a new study from Duke University. What's more, foreign nationals -- [...]

January 01, 2007

Immigrants Found One in Four Engineering and Technology Startups

Immigrant entrepreneurs founded 25.3 percent of the U.S. engineering and technology companies established in the past decade, according to a new study from Duke University. What's more, foreign nationals -- those living in the United States who are not citizens -- contributed to an estimated 24.2 [...]

January 01, 2007

Internship at GE Launched Aviation Career for Wendy Young

Mechanical engineering and materials science major Wendy Young started her senior year with a job in hand. After graduation, she will start on a career in aircraft design and testing as an Edison Scholar at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio.