Duke Engineering in the News

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

Jan 29, 2015: What to Do About Drones

Missy Cummings pens an op-ed outlining her thoughts about proposed changes to already out-of-date FAA regulations regarding drones.

NBC News

An overnight drone crash on the White House lawn sparks a conversation about how to defend against potential future drone attacks and Duke's Missy Cummings weighs in on the current technology.

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The Wall Street Journal

An article and video describing Duke's recent advancement creating the first lab-grown human skeletal muscles that contract in response to electrical and other stimuli.

Popular Science

This roundup of potential future technologies for wireless power chargining has a section on Duke's work on harvesting energy from the ambient radio and microwaves all around us everyday.

NPR All Things Considered

NPR's All Things Considered talks to Bill Pan and Heileen Hsu-Kim about how small-scale gold mining operations by Peru's poorest citizens is contaminating the food chain with mercury hundreds of miles downstream.


A short piece detailing the first lab-grown human muscle tissue

The Epoch Times

Small-scale artisinal gold mining operations in Peru are causing a buildup of mercury in the food chain hundreds of miles downstream.


Bruce Donald worked with other Duke researchers to develop a new software that predicts changes in bacteria that can make them drug-resistant.


Dean Katsouleas argues for using today's low gas prices to secure our energy future by hiking the Federal tax rate and make investments into renewable energy and national infrastructure.

Dec 19, 2014: The 2014 Verge 50
The Verge

The Verge names Miguel Nicolelis as one of the 50 most important people at the intersection of technology, art, science, and culture whose work this year will shape the next 50 years.

Yahoo! News

Robert Calderbank and Ashutosh Chilkoti have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.


In an article on Adobe acquiring Behance to their Creative Cloud suite of tools and online services for designers, the author mentions Adrian Bejan and Constructal Law to underline that freedom and access to change and flow is good for design.

CBS News

Missy Cummings chimes in on why regulating drone piloting with conventional licenses probably won't improve safety.


Two of the ten "New Faces" of the American Society for Civil Engineers are Duke grarduates: Maria Megan Gibbs E'12 and Aaron Lee E'09.

The Herald Sun

Leading genome editing company Editas Medicine has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Duke University for the broad use of genome editing technology developed in the laboratory of Charles Gersbach for the prevention or treatment of human disease.


Duke Chronicle

After more than three decades at the Pratt School of Engineering—and a legacy of mentorship and commitment to her students—Connie Simmons, associate dean for undergraduate affairs, will retire in January 2015.


Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Editas Medicine, a leading genome editing company, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with four top-tier institutions, including Duke and Charles Gersbach, whose most notable work in the field is on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


Adam Wax discusses the efforts being made and the obstacles in the way of his attempts to commercialize angle-resolved low-coherence interferometry, or a/LCI - a technology enabling early detection of cancer and other biomedical applications by measuring the average size of cell nuclei using scattered light.

National Geographic

At the recent annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Miguel Nicolelis presented work that shows patients learning to walk using an exoskeleton that reads their brainwaves through electrodes on their scalp feel like they are walking on sand at slower paces and grass at faster paces through the same neural mechanisms that create phantom limbs. He also talked about research that has allowed monkeys to learn to drive wheelchairs using electrodes implanted deep in their brains.

The Conversation

Henry Petroski, professor of civil and environmental engineering, details how the 150,000 bridges in the United States currently classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient can be updated much faster than historically possible.

Campus Technology

This article tracks how Duke's Co-Lab has evolved in its first two years and describes how the program augments learning in the classroom. Two different projects headed by Pratt students are given as prime examples of how the program is working.

Aerospace America

Aerospace America - the magazine of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - features a viewpoint article in its November edition from Adrian Bejan, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, on the evolution of the airplane.

NPR The State of Things

WUNC's The State of Things has an extensive interview with Missy Cummings on drones and her research in the Humans and Autonomy Lab.

Oct 31, 2014: Millennial Magnet
ASEE Prism

Prism magazine takes an in-depth look at the benefits and criticisms of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, which is attracting more students and gaining steam across the nation.

News and Observer

Christine Schindler, now a senior in biomedical engineering, founded and directs Girls Engineering Change, which connects local middle school and high school girls with college mentors to help them learn develop a better understanding of what engineering is like