Research

The three best ways to start exploring our research are:

  1. Read news stories (below) for some current research.
  2. View all research areas (farther below) with associated departments and labs
  3. Explore departments and centers page to get focused overviews and find faculty

Research News

Explore current research news from all departments: biomedical (BME), civil & environmental (CEE), electrical & computer (ECE), mechanical & materials (MEMS).

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MEMS News
It famously took Thomas Edison thousands of attempts to settle on a practical design for the...
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CEE News
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the acronym for the environmental nanotechnology center...
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MEMS News
Growing up, Emily Briere didn’t have an adequate outlet to pour her enthusiasm for space...
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BME News
Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It...
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BME & MEMS News
For the millions of people forced to rely on a plastic tube to eliminate their urine, developing an...
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MEMS News
Duke engineers have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy—the demolition of kidney...
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ECE News
Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number...
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CEE News
After Atlanta was paralyzed by a rare snowstorm, many fingers were pointed assigning blame for the...
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BME & CEE & ECE & Industry & MEMS News
Aspiring Duke entrepreneurs met with more than 20 startup employers during the inaugural...
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BME News
By combining a synthetic scaffolding material with gene delivery techniques, researchers at Duke...

Research Areas

Below are research areas for all our departments alphabetically.
Use these links to highlight the research areas in each department:
Biomedical Engineering (BME)Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS)

Aerodynamics

MEMS

aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aeroelasticity, vortex dominated flows, rockets and gas turbines

Architecture & Networking

ECE

fault-tolerance, modeling and performance analysis, DNA guided self-assembly, wireless networking protocol

Bioelectric Engineering

BME

electrical activity of and treatment for the heart and nervous system

Biomechanics

BME

orthopaedic biomechanics, other soft tissue mechanics, and cell mechanics

Biomedical Imaging

BME

concentrating on ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, x-ray, and nuclear medicine

Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

BME

biomolecular engineering, effect of physical force on cells and tissues, tissue repair and replacement

Circuits & Systems

ECE

composite nano-to-micro systems, nanoscale circuit and system design and modeling

Dynamics and Controls

MEMS

complex systems, structure-borne noise, aeroelasticity, flutter suppression, nonlinear dynamics and chaos

Environmental Process Engineering

CEE

phenomena that govern the origin, transport, transformation, and impacts of contaminants

Fluid Mechanics and Transport

MEMS

tribology, compressible fluid flow, hydrodynamics, transport phenomena

Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics

CEE

hydrometeorology, eco-hydrology, contaminant transport hydrology and water cycle dynamics

Nanosystems, Devices & Materials

ECE

droplet-based microfluidics, hybrid nanomaterials, semiconductor materials, nanophotonic devices

Soft Materials and Interfaces

MEMS

biomaterials, biorheology, biostealth surfaces, cell membrane, surface engineering and rheology

Solid Mechanics

MEMS

continuum mechanics, elasticity, tissue biomechanics, computational mechanics

Thermodynamics

MEMS

convection, magnetic bearings, melting and solidification, tribology, energy harvesting

Waves & Metamaterials

ECE

short-pulse scattering, geophysics, signal processing, electromagnetic fields, metamaterials

Our Rankings

Overall Rankings

#19 in Undergraduate Engineering
(up from #20 last year)
US News & World Report

#28 in Graduate Engineering
(up from #31 last year)
US News & World Report

Specialty Rankings

#2 in Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering
US News & World Report

#3 in Graduate Biomedical Engineering
US News & World Report

#17 in Undergraduate Environmental Engineering
US News & World Report

#12 in Graduate Environmental Engineering
US News & World Report

Faculty Productivity Rankings

#1 in Biomedical Engineering
Chronicle of Higher Education

#7 in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Chronicle of Higher Education

#8 in Mechanical Engineering
Chronicle of Higher Education

Major Research Awards

$24.8 million

Maximally scalable Optical Sensor Array Imaging with Computation (MOSAIC) - Department of Defense. Led by Professor David Brady.

$15 million

Modular Universal Scalable Ion-trap Quantum Computer (MUSIQC) - Army Research Office. Led by Associate Professor Jungsang Kim.

$8.6 million

Center for Materials Genomics - Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative. Led by Professor Stefano Curtarolo.

$7.5 million

Acoustic Metamaterials - Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative. Led by Professor Steven Cummer.

$6.25 million

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative - Transformational Optical Metamaterials funded by the Army Research Office. Led by Professor David Smith.

$6.4 million

Multidisciplinary University Research initiative - Integrated Quantum Circuits, funded by the Army Research Office. Co-PI Associate Professor Jungsang Kim.

Research Magazine

Check out our 2012 and 2013 research magazines.

Duke Engineering Research Magazine Duke Engineering Research Magazine