Duke Engineering in the News

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

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

The White House Blog

Grand Challenge Scholar Kevin Mauro talks about his research and the BRAIN Initiative.

BBC Future

Missy Cummings comments in this futuristic look at the place of drones in society on all the positive impacts they could have within the next 10 years.


Duke's gigapixel camera is being tested as a way to image the entire human body's surface down to the freckle. With advanced data analysis tools, it should be possible to spot new skin lesions for dermatologists to take a closer look at.

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Oct 7, 2014: 20 Under 40
ASEE Prism

Heileen Hsu-Kim makes the ASEE's list of the top 20 investiagors under 40 for 2014. Hsu-Kim researchers how toxic metals and chemicals behave in the environment on a molecular scale in a field dubbed nanogeochemistry.

Armed With Science

Work performed by Gabriel Lopez describes the successful demonstration of a newly developed methodology to deposit multifunctional films having both antimicrobial activity and fouling-release ability on substrates using resonant infrared, matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE).

Yahoo! Finance

A startup company founded by Ashtosh Chilkoti and his former PhD student Angus Hucknail has been acquired by Immucor, a global leader in transfusion and transplantation diagnostics. The startup company, Sentilus, has focused on developing a novel, inkjet-printed antibody microarray-based technology, Femtoarrays(TM).

Duke Medicine

Two projects at Duke received funding in the first wave of President Obama's new BRAIN initiative, including one led by Allen Song that will lay the groundwork to marshal the technological resources for next-generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. Song is assisted with co-investigators at Duke, including Trong-Kha Truong, Marty Woldorff, Nan-kuei Chen, Guillermo Sapiro, Chunlei Liu, and Miguel Nicolelis.

The Atlantic

Henry Petroski helps answer the question, "Why do erasers suck at erasing?"

WNYC New Tech City

This award-winning radio broadcast translated from German explores the potential ethical dilemmas of having autonomous war machines that act without direct human control. Missy Cummings chimes in to give information about current drone projects in the military and advocates for drones because pilots can lean on lawyers and committees to choose whether or not to fire.