Duke Engineering in the News

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

National Cancer Institute Team Science Toolkit

Christine Ogilvie Hendren, executive director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), proposes the creation of a new career track that facilitates communication between researchers in interdisciplinary projects.



Researchers at private universities are not allowed to fly drones for research purposes, while their colleagues at public universities and recreational hobbyists are free and clear. Mary "Missy" Cummings provides an anecdote of how these rules are hindering her work to test drones for wildlife tracking.

The Globe and Mail

This piece cites many publications about the golden ratio, including Adrian Bejan's of 2009, which found things shaped according to the golden ratio – be it a paragraph of text or a painted canvas – were the easiest for a human’s eyes and brain to perceive and understand.

Windpower Engineering & Development

This article notes the potential promise for metamaterials to play a large role in the future of day-to-day technology, so long as cost-effective manufacturing processes can be developed. It also notes that, "Duke University leads in publications. Since 2000, over 7,500 academic publications on metamaterials have been published at over 500 universities. Duke University, led by its Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics, heads the pack with 133 publications; Imperial College of London’s Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials and Penn State are fellow academic leaders."


Missy Cummings pens a piece about the importance of the United States quickly setting drone regulations and warns of the dangers of delays.

Advanced Scientific Computing Research Discovery

This Department of Energy publication highlights three DOE Early Career Award recipients tackling big data analytics problems, including Duke's Guillermo Scovazzi, who studies fluid-solid interaction problems.

NPR Here & Now

Missy Cummings talks to NPR's Here & Now about the outdated drone laws stifling the industry in America and her predictions on the future of commercial drone use.

The Chicago Tribune

A long feature on a recent study conducted jointly by Duke and the Environmental Working Group that found high levels of flame retardant chemicals in children and parents across the country and the efforts to change the chemicals' overabundant use.

The Herald Sun

The Herald Sun takes a closer look at Miguel Nicolelis's successful demonstration of a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton at the World Cup.

Aug 4, 2014: Desk Desk Evolution

NPR takes a brief look at the evolving office desk and asks Henry Petroski for his take on the past, present and future design of the standard piece of furniture.

Live Science

A very late coverage of Farshid Guilak's and Xuanhe Zhao's artificial cartilage that uses a scaffolding to hold a hydrogel.

Triangle Business Journal

A recent decision by the FAA that lumps model airplanes in with impending drone regulation has prompted a number of professors to vocally disagree with the move, including Missy Cummings, who argues that the decision will stifle research important to both North Carolina and the United States.


David Smith publishes this Perspective piece in this week's Science on invisibility cloaking using metamaterials in general and, in particular, a recent result that demonstrates optical cloaking in "murky" or foggy conditions.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

One of the leading organizations in autism research reports on Guilermo Sapiro's work to create tracking software to help flag potentail signs of autism early in a child's life.

Christian Science Monitor

Several news sites have picked up the story about Adrian Bejan's recent analysis of how the constructal law has influenced the evolution of passenger airplanes. Stories have also run in:


In an article about an exoskeleton device that is helping people walk again called the ReWalk, the recent work of Miguel Nicolelis on his mind-controlled exoskeleton is mentioned at the end of the first section.

SmithGroup JJR

This blog post on the SmithGroup JRR website - the company that helped design the Duke Smart Home - talks about the importance that leadership played in building the Smart Home, and its continued importance today.

The Guardian

This article features five different technological fields trying to make things invisible, including David Smith's group researching metamaterials.

The Atlantic Video

The Atlantic records a group of futurists, technology experts and artists predict the future of robotics, including Mary "Missy" Cummings, who says they may have already won, "We don't even realize where robots are in our world."


Robert Behringer, who holds a secondar appointment in MEMS, is named as a co-investigator on a grant to explore the physics of flow and jams of systems of millions of constituent parts, like piles of sand or mountains of snowflakes.

The Raw Story

Missy Cummings weighs in on the dangers - or lack thereof - of flying drones equipped with cameras through public fireworks displays.

Smoky Mountain News

An in-depth look at how the recent field campaign headed by Ana Barros in collaboration with NASA will help weather and climate experts understand rain patterns in the Great Smoky Mountains and beyond.

The Daily Caller

MEMS professor Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane explain why light-colored uniforms convey an advantage in team sports.

The New York Times

Heather Stapleton, who has a secondary appointment in CEE, is an expert source for this New York Times article on the prevalence of flame retardant chemicals both in the home and in the environment, how they got there, how they might affect people, and what is being done to reduce their future use.

Nature Reviews Drug Discovery

Realizing the vision of a new class of medicines based on modulating the electrical signalling patterns of the peripheral nervous system needs a firm research foundation. In this commentary, BME professor Warren Grill and colleagues put forward a research roadmap for the next five years.