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Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Jessica Erlingis won a 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Her research interests include simulation and prediction of hydrometeorological extremes, such as heavy precipitation events and flash flooding. An understanding of these extremes and how they may change with a changing climate is crucial for hazard mitigation and water resources management, among many...
Anna Wilson, civil and environmental engineering graduate student, won a 2012 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In her doctoral research, Anna will investigate the microphysical processes playing a role in orographic enhancement of convection and tropical cyclones propagating across the southern Appalachians.
Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Xue Feng won a 2012 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In her doctoral research, Feng plans to study how seasonal and interannual climate variability propagates through seasonally dry ecosystems (such as in the northeast region of Brazil), by building theoretical models with probabilistic frameworks.
DURHAM N.C. – Randomness and chaos in nature, as it turns out, can be a good thing – especially when trying to harvest energy from the movements of everyday activities. Duke University engineers believe they have come up with the theoretical underpinning that could lead to the development of energy harvesting devices that are not only more versatile than those in use today, but should be able to wring out more electricity from the motions of life.
Brian Diekman, a Biomedical Engineering graduate student in the laboratory of Farshid Guilak, swept the awards at the annual meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society.
For his work on characterizing the properties of folding-wing aircraft, mechanical engineering graduate student Ivan Wang was recently awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Defense and the American Society for Engineering Education. Wang was inspired to pursue this line of research while an undergraduate Pratt Fellow working in the laboratory of Earl Dowell, William Holland Hall Professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical...
Laura Paulsen, a Master of Science student in biomedical engineering won the Duke University Startup Challenge Elevator Pitch competition.
Duke engineers won big at the Startup Open competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011 in Boston. The team included two alumnae and a graduate student and their start-up company for micro-turbine technology. The competition team includes Jason Ethier ‘10 BSE, Hardy Shen ’09 BSE, ’10 MEMP, and current mechanical engineering graduate Ivan Wang, ’09 BSE.
The newly released educational video on nanoscience called "Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?" features the Duke led Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) . This video focuses on CEINT researchers discussing their integrated research initiatives that are designed to link fundamental physical and chemical properties of nano-scale materials with their observed biological and ecosystem effects. 
Timothy Mwangi, Ph.D. candidate in BME, won a best presentation award at the 2011 North Carolina Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society meeting on Friday, November 4th.  Tim's paper was titled "Silk Fibroin Microparticles for Intra-articular Drug Delivery of Curcumin," which represents a collaboration with Tufts professor, David Kaplan, and Duke orthopaedic surgeon, Brian Mata. The meeting was hosted by Wake Forest University this year with over 220 attendees, many coming...