Duke Engineering in the News

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


This story is about Emily Briere's student-led, crowd-funded project to send a digital time capsule to Mars.


In a recent Forbes article on the Pebble smart watch, its success over its competitors and the future directions of the technology, the author cites Adrian Bejan's thoughts on design evolution, saying that evolution pushes these components to be as small as possible while still keeping the flow open.


MIT has reported the successful editing of a mouse-model genome using CRISPR techniques, and Charles Gersbach is called on for his opinoin of the work as an expert not involved with the work both by RT and MIT's press release, saying, "This work shows that CRISPR can be used successfully in adults, and also identifies several of the challenges that will need to be addressed moving forward to the development of human therapies."

Water World

This article details how the newly launched Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory will provide instantaneous projections of precipitation every three to four hours over 90 percent of the globe. Claudia Gunsch, who is leading the first field mission to test and calibrate the new satellite, is quoted twice.


The latest story on Steve Cummer's work to develop a prototype for a 3D acoustic cloaking device.


Longtime design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn joins Dr. Henry Petroski of Duke University to talk about the good design that helps us, and bad design that hinders us in our daily routines.

Huffpost Live

In this Huffpost Live Google hangout involving several experts speaking on Rand Paul's suggestion that all airline pilots carry guns, Earl Dowell provides some technical perspective on the dangers of firing a gun inside a plane.

The New York Times

In an article on how Rajiv Shah is changing the way U.S.A.I.D. delivers financial aid to developing nations, the Pratt Pouch is mentioned as one of the programs funded by Shah's Grand Challenges for Development initiative.

Huffington Post

Earl Dowell's comment of the dangers of firing guns in airplanes at high altitudes after an incident in 2008 was used to highlight the reasons not to arm all pilots with guns, as was recently suggested by Rand Paul.


This article on the U.S. Global Development Lab mentions the Pratt Pouch--an innovative solution to delivering anti-HIV drugs to expecting women to stop their children from contracting their disease.


Another report on Miguel Nicolelis's efforts to use an exoskeleton suit to allow a paralyzed Brazilian to perform the first kick of this year's World Cup.

Apr 8, 2014: Boredom
BBC The Why Factor

The podcast explores the origins of the concept of boredom, modern professions that consistently battle it, and what modern science has to say about its neurological underpinnings. At about 10:40, Missy Cummings is interviewed about her research into boredom. She talks about her experiments that scan the brains of drone pilots as they push through monotonous four-hour missions, how small distractions might actually help performance during tedious tasks and what personality types are most likely to fight boredom the best.


The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal's online piece on the recent accomplishment of engineering muscle fibers that can heal itself within a mouse model.

NBC News

Many outlets have picked up the press release on Nenad Bursac's engineered muscle that can heal itself when implanted into mice. Here are a few more articles:

The Guardian

The Guardian is the latest to present a feature on Miguel Nicolelis's suit that will help a parapalegic Brazilian perform the first kick at the upcoming World Cup.

The Scientist

The New Scientist takes its own spin on the recent innovation of a catheter that can dislodge troublesome biofilms from its channels.


MedGadget picks up Pratt's latest release regarding Xuanhe Zhao's and Gabriel Lopez's recent catheter innovation that allows it to flush out dangerous biofilms.

BBC News

Lingchong You is asked to comment on a report that living materials based on bacteria and grown in a lab could point to a greener way of manufacturing. "In theory you can put a number of protein-expressing genes under the control of elaborate self-organising genetic circuits. Once you have that, every cell could carry the blueprint of the design you want to make," he said.

Duke Chronicle

Zachary Cancio, Pratt '09, who majored in electrical and computer engineering, is one of the co-founders of Dealflicks. The company, based in Los Angeles, partners with movie theaters to fill their empty seats by selling tickets for up to a 65 percent discount. The company is a part of the 500 Startups accelerator program.

The Economist

The Economist's blog website recently picked up the story about Steven Cummer's research that has produced the world's first 3D acoustic cloaking device.

R&D Magazine

This article covers the development of an alteration to the lens of lithotripsy machines that greatly enhances the efficiency of breaking up kidney stones.

Scientific American

In a piece about the creation of a material that can allow sound to pass in one direction but not the other, Steven Cummer is quoted as an expert on the subject and metamaterials in general. “They used a very clever idea to make something that had never been made before,” says electrical engineer Steven Cummer of Duke University, who did not take part in this research. Cummer notes that this device works only for very specific sound frequencies and that future work might focus on controlling wider ranges of frequencies.


Mar 17, 2014: Drones Over America
60 Minutes

Missy Cummings talks about the potential future of drones in America and around the world and what their proliferation might mean to business and privacy.

The Huffington Post UK

The story about Steve Cummer's research proving the possibility of a 3D acoustic cloaking device has reached many outlets, including this one. Other stories are from outlets including The Engineer, The Daily Mail, Gizmag, Gizmodo, io9 and many more.

Mar 11, 2014: The Human Body Shop

This PBS special report goes through different research projects working to develop technology that could one day repair or replace pieces of the human body. Included is the work of Miguel Nicolelis, whose work could someday lead to the ability to control human prosthetics with the mind.