Duke Engineering in the News

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

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.

BBC News

Lingchong You comments on the development and demonstration of inexpensive DNA-programmed blotting paper that could reveal an infection in 30 minutes. The invention comes from researchers at Bostn and Harvard Universities, and was able to produce a a prototype Ebola test in just 12 hours, and using just $20 of materials.

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.

Triangle Business Journal

The Obama Administration announced the first $46 million in research grants for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, which included a project led by Allen Song to lay the groundwork to marshal the technological resources for next-generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

Chemistry World

The Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT) has published the first study on how single-walled carbon nanotubes behave in a close approximation of an actual wetland environment.

The New York Times

Steven Cummer collects photos of sprites--brief and mysterious flashes of light that appear high above strong prarie storms tens of miles wide and 30 miles from top to bottom. By gathering images of these majestic flashes, Cummer and other researchers hope to learn what causes them and how they interact with the atmosphere.

The Atlantic

Because industrial chemical use is minimally regulated, a lab at Duke University is offering free analyses of furniture for potentially hazardous compounds. The lab—which offers anyone a free chemical analysis of polyurethane foam—has informed hundreds of Americans about their furniture’s toxicity.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Sep 22, 2014: Giant DNA Origami
The Scientist

Alexandria Marchi, a PhD candidate in BME, is the first author on a paper describing the creation of the largest folded piece of DNA ever created.

Duke Today

Nimmi Ramanujam is developing medical tools for use in resource-poor communities. The article talks about how Duke's entrepreneurial spirit has helped her found the company Zenascope and explores the tools she and her students are pursuing.

Duke Today

The articles talks about Warren Grill receiving the 2014 University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award earlier in the week and describes his research into devices to use electrical stimulation to improve the quality of life of patients with neurological disorders.

Duke Today

As part of Duke's week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, the Duke Global Health Institute featured an article on the Pratt Pouch - a ketchup-like package that helps prevent HIV-positive mothers from passing the disease to their infants.

Duke Today

Duke Today's series on entrepreneurship highlights the long journey Richard Fair took to develop a successful startup in microfluidics.


This Science feature explores the genesis of Robert Malkin's Engineering World Health organization, a nonprofit that sends college students to repair medical equipment in developing-world clinics, and similar programs that have turned engineering medical devices for developing nations into its own career track.

The Times

This article features two developments in computer-brain interfacing announced by Miguel Nicolelis at the last American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in February - teaching mice to "feel" infrared light through a chip implanted into their brains and brain-to-brain communication between two mice half the world away from each other.

Fox News

Missy Cummings warns that, even though Google is entering into the drone space with its Project Wing initiative, antiquated laws and regulatory inaction is leaving the US far behind other countries in the field.