Research News

December 01, 2002

Duke Engineer's Latest Book Focuses on Design of Everyday Things

What do paper cups, toothbrushes, supermarket layouts, grocery bags, kitchen faucets, door knobs and automobile cup holders have in common? They all are the imperfect products of designers seeking to come up with something better for consumers.Henry Petroski, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil [...]

October 25, 2002

Study Suggests Amazon Deforestation Could Affect Climate in U.S.

New mathematical simulations of climate behavior by Duke University researchers indicate that deforestation in the Amazon can cause a reduction of rainfall in the Midwestern United States and the Dakotas in the summer, when precipitation is most needed for agriculture.

September 18, 2002

Duke Engineers Creating ‘More Refined’ Global Climate Model

Frustrated by the limitations of present numerical models that simulate how Earth's climate will be altered by factors such as pollution and landscape modification, Duke University engineers are creating a new model incorporating previously-missing regional and local processes.

March 29, 2002

Duke Engineer Turns His Intellectual Curiosity to His Days Delivering Newspapers

Henry Petroski, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, has written about bridges, pencils, paperclips, books and bookshelves, engineering errors and more. In his latest book, he turns his intellectual curiosity inward, to his teenage [...]

January 01, 2002

Study Suggests Amazon Deforestation Could Affect Climate in U.S.

New mathematical simulations of climate behavior by Duke University researchers indicate that deforestation in the Amazon can cause a reduction of rainfall in the Midwestern United States and the Dakotas in the summer, when precipitation is most needed for agriculture. "What this suggests is that [...]

December 01, 2001

Duke Engineers Creating ‘More Refined’ Global Climate Model

Frustrated by the limitations of present numerical models that simulate how Earth's climate will be altered by factors such as pollution and landscape modification, Duke University engineers are creating a new model incorporating previously-missing regional and local processes. "The model we are [...]

December 01, 2001

A Q&A with Professor Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering andprofessor of history, is an expert in the implications of failure forengineering. In his book, To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure inSuccessful Design (1985), Petroski explored how engineers learned fromengineering failures [...]

October 27, 2001

New Faculty Profile: Roni Avissar

Roni Avissar, the Pratt School's new chair of civil and environmental engineering, wants to teach astronauts. And not just any astronauts, but true space pioneers - men and women who will someday lead missions to Mars, live on the Moon, spend years in the international space station. Given the pace [...]

September 13, 2001

Duke Engineer: World Trade Center Disaster May Halt Construction of Supertall Buildings

With the tragic coordinated jetliner destructions of both World Trade Center towers in New York City Sept. 11, a Duke University engineering professor says "we very well may see the end of tall buildings of that magnitude for the foreseeable future."

September 16, 1999

Latest Henry Petroski Book Assesses Evolution and Engineering of Bookshelves

DURHAM, N.C. - After writing six previous books for general audiences on engineering triumphs and disasters, famous bridges, and the histories of the pencil and other interesting objects, the latest volume by Duke University's Henry Petroski focuses on the storing, packaging, displaying and care of [...]

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