Duke Engineering in the News

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


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.

News Observer

This article describes a collaborative project between RTI International, NC State and Duke led by Brian Stoner, who holds an adjunct professorship in electrical and computer engineering. The project is seeking to create a self-contained toilet system to sanitize waste in developing countries where disease from lack of sanitation is a major health problem.

The Washington Post

In this op-ed, Vivek Wadhwa touts the Tesla Model S that he drives as the future of all automobiles, predicting lower sticker prices and longer drives on single charges that will drastically change the industry's landscape by 2020.

Duke Research Blog

This blog post features the Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE)--one of the few six-sided immersive virtual environments in the world--describing how students on tours can see complex visualizations of the biomolecular underpinnings of why some people are more prone to alcoholism and why smokers need more cigarettes over time to continue to get their high.


Phys.org posts about Ana Barros' and her team's upcoming field mission in western North Carolina to help calibrate NASA's new Global Precipitation Measurement mission.