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DURHAM, N.C. – A Duke University graduate student has found ways to double the battery life of mobile devices – such as smartphones or laptop computers – by making changes to WiFi technology. Wifi is a popular wireless technology that helps users download information from the Internet. Such downloads, including pictures, music, and video streaming, can be a major drain of battery.
Maryam Vejdani Jahromi, a second year Ph.D. student working with Professor  Patrick Wolf, has won a 2010 Medtronic Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering. Her project is titled "Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) Imaging and Shear Wave Elasticity Imaging (SWEI) in evaluating myocardial mechanical properties and heart failure diagnosis." The work focuses on developing methods for measuring stiffness and stress-strain properties of the myocardium.
Biomedical engineering doctoral student Muyinatu (Bisi) Lediju won a UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship for a project titled Improved Endocardial Border Detection with Short-Lag Spatial Coherence Imaging. Bisi is a 5th-year student working with Professor Gregg Trahey. She previously spent a year studying in England through the Whitaker International Fellowship Program, and she's getting married in July 2011. Congratulations all around, Bisi!
Andrew Camacho, a second year mechanical engineering doctoral student, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 each year, $10,500 a year for tuition and fees, a one time $1000 for international travel, and opportunities for international research and professional  development. His research focuses on micro-engines for power generation.
Maciej Balajewicz, a third year doctoral student in mechanical engineering, won a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) post-graduate fellowship.
Master of science student Jainil Shah won the Duke BME Excellence in MS Studies award at graduation in May 2011. Shah, who is advised by professors Martin Tornai and Anuj Kapadia, was selected because of his exceptional academic performance and outstanding research. His research was summarized on a poster titled "Detailed Characterization of 2D and 3D Scatter to Primary Ratios (SPRs) for different geometries of Breast," and presented at the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference in 2011, and the BME...
Julien Brun, a 3rd year doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, won a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for her research titled "Using Satellite Data to Characterize the Role of Tropical Cyclones in the Eco-hydrology of the Southeast United State." Brun is studying under Professor Ana Barros.
Electrical and computer engineering doctoral student Sehoon Lim took third place in the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics' 9th Annual Meeting poster contest. Lim, who is working with Professor David Brady, won for his research on compressive holography. He aims to enable snap-shot holographic tomography using compressive sensing
Chris Grigsby, a 4th year biomedical engineering doctoral student working for Dr. Kam Leong has won a BD Bioscience Research Grant. He'll receive $10,000 for his project, titled "Oral Delivery of the Factor VIII Gene: Immunotherapy for Hemophilia A." The BD Biosciences grants are intended to reward and enable research through funding for innovative experience to advance the scientific understanding of disease.
Mechanical engineering graduate student Genevieve Lipp has won the E. Bayard Halsted Scholarship from the Duke Graduate School. This is a highly competitive scholarship—only one or two are awarded each year—and is reserved Duke undergraduate alumni who are now pursuing graduate studies at Duke. Genevieve, who graduated in 2010, was a Pratt Fellow and worked on harvesting energy from ocean waves with Associate Professor Brian Mann. She is now working towards her doctorate. The Halsted...