Duke Engineering in the News

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

Duke Online Education Initiatives

Thanks to support from Duke Online Education Initiatives, Martin Brooke will develop a new version of a Duke electronics lab course in which students will conduct experiments outside the lab using portable electronics kits and online tutorials.

May 4, 2015: Fixing the Signal

Warren Grill's work on electrical stimulation to treat urinary incontinence is featured in this feature article on exploring specific neural neighborhoods. Jonathan Viventi's work on a super-flexible electrode array that gives a far more nuanced view of brain activity is also featured.

Duke Translational Medical Institute

The Duke Translational Medical Institute has funded a project by Warren Grill and Nandan Lad to test a new method for reducing spinal cord pain through electric stimulation that works by changing the pulse repetition frequency.

Campus Technology

The Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) receives $9.75 million in gifts and matching grants to sustain its programs moving forward to pull meaning out of big data.

Duke Translational Medical Institute

The Duke Translational Medical Institute talks to new BME chair Ashutosh Chilkoti on how translational medicine has colored his world.

Time Warner Cable News

A model to predict the population of mosquitos and the spread of mosquito-borne diseases helps protect people and livestock in eastern North Carolina.

The Huffington Post

Adrian Bejan delves deep into what the Constructal Law has to say about evolution and growth, and how the two are often confused.

News & Observer

Steve Cummer describes the many fascinating and unknown phenomena associated with lightning that most people don't even realize exists.

National Academy of Engineering: The Bridge

The Bridge's new series that interviews engineers who have had an impact on pop culture talks with notable and prolific author Henry Petroski.

Greenville News

Clemson's engineering dean Anand Gramopadhye touts the need for engineers educated in a Grand Challenge Scholars curriculum.

EE Times

Krishnendu Chakrabarty has come up with a way to standardize the testing of 3D microchips that can be used on the assembly line, saving time and money for companies such as GlobalFoundries, IBM, Intel, Freescale, Texas Instruments, Advanced Micro Devices, Analog Devices, Qualcomm, and Mubadala Technology.

CNN Situation Room

Missy Cummings appears on CNN's Situation Room to talk about the potential for computers to fly commercial aircraft.


New work from Charles Gersbach uses CRISPR to control the epigenome and activate gene promoters and enhancers.

The Earth Observer

NASA's The Earth Observer profiles the work done and data taken during the first year of the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment (IPHEx) field campaign led by Ana Barros.

The Durham Herald Sun

Dean Katsouleas cowrites an op-ed on the pledge taken by 120+ deans of engineering schools across the country to revamp college engineering education.

Apr 6, 2015: Planes Without Pilots
The New York Times

The New York Times tackles the quesiton of what's next for commercial and non-commercial aircraft, and Missy Cummings gives her own unique insights as part of a DARPA-funded project to develop robotic co-pilots.


Charles Gersbach comments on the discovery and potential use of a Cas9 gene-editing enzyme that is small enough to fit into current genetic engineering delivery mechanisms.

Techie News

Guillarmo Sapiro is working with Voices Together, which uses music to try to help autistic children communicate verbally. Sapiro is using computer vision analysis to study whether the therapy increases the range of facial emotional expressions in the children and adolescents with autism.


CNN Money

The recent apparently intentinal crash of a German flight leads to questions of whether or not commercial aircraft will eventually be pilotless, to which Missy Cummings says, "Yes."


A short news clip about Project Tadpole, where Duke engineering students modify toys for disabled children and teach their parents how to do the same.


In light of the recent Germanwings flight that was apparently intentionally crashed, an author looks to research and opinions from Missy Cummings as to how soon planes might be pilotless, and why they aren't already.

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.