Duke Engineering in the News

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

The White House

Dean Katsouleas and four others delivered a letter of committment to the President on Monday, March 23, signed by more than 120 engineering school deans to teach engineering students to tackle the 21st century's grandest challenges.

NBC News

NBC's Nerd Watch gives an illustrated overview of Nenad Bursac's work to engineer lab-grown human muscle that responds to external stimuli just like the real thing.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

A new study from Amilcare Porporato investigates historical interactions between population growth and water use efficiency, and predicts what might happen by 2050 as the world's population climbs to 9.6 billion.

The Washington Post

In a roundup article on unconventional green energy solutions, the Washington Post includes Duke's technology to harvest power from ambient WiFi and satellite waves.

News & Observer

The News & Observer profiles the work of Bob Malkin to help people in developing nations through fixing medical devices inventing new ones to solve specific problems.

Fast Company

A 360-degree camera developed by ECE Professor David Brady is poised to revolutionize how spectators see boxing matches--starting March 7 with a live broadcast on NBC.


Jonathan Viventi is combining sensors with electronics to make the next generation of brain implants.

IEEE Spectrum

This article explores Robert Malkin's history from walking away from engineering to help women in Thailand to finding his place at Duke and using his position to help people in underdeveloped countries worldwide. 


Space.com publishes excerpts from a Kavli Roundtable on metamaterials. The roundtable consistes of three researchers, including David Smith, who try to describe what metamaterials how, how their field uses them, where the field is moving and what appliactions may be possible using them in the future.

Fierce Biotech

Charles Gersbach uses CRISPR to fix a string of 10 exons containing mutation sites that cause 60 percent of the cases of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Business Wire

Blue Devil Ocean Engineering advances to the second round of Ocean Health XPRIZE, where their pH sensor will be tested in the Puget Sound against its competitors.

Live Science

Missy Cummings weighs in on a long-anticipated set of rules governing commercial drone flight in America saying that a "line of sight" limitation will hold back big, important parts of the industry like package delivery, crop fertilization, and search and rescue.


An article on the seedy underside of the modern gold rush era includes a bit about Heileen Hsu-Kim's research into how artisinal small-scale gold mining in Peru is contaminating the food chain with mercury hundreds of miles downstream.

United Nations WebTV

Nimmi Ramanujam presents at the United Nations Women's Health and Development Forum, bringing together world leaders, representatives of UN system entities, scientists, healthcare professionals, and members of civil society, the media and the private sector to discuss how best to advance the health, wealth and empowerment of women worldwide.

Mechanical Engineering Magazine

Adrian Bejan describes how his love of science fiction growing up helped fuel his desire to become a scientist and an engineer.

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.