Research News

March 05, 2014

Tuning NASA's Newest Weather Satellite to Improve Forecasts

After Atlanta was paralyzed by a rare snowstorm, many fingers were pointed assigning blame for the resulting traffic catastrophe, including at least one aimed at imprecise weather predictions. “The governor of Georgia said that they thought the heavier snowfall was going to be south of the city,” [...]

February 13, 2014

New Test Screens Wastewater Biosolids for Environmental Contaminants

Every year waste treatment facilities in the United States process more than eight million tons of semi-solid sewage called biosolids—about half of which is recycled into fertilizer and spread on crop land. The practice helps solve storage issues and produces revenue to support the treatment plants [...]

July 09, 2013

Pressure Cooker on Steroids Treats Human Waste

Like alchemists, engineers from Duke University and the University of Missouri are developing a process to turn sewage into drinkable water, energy and useful byproducts at a cost of less than a nickel per person per day. In addition to the technological aspects of the project, the researchers are [...]

May 20, 2013

For Tropical Rainfall, Timing Is Everything

DURHAM, N.C. -- With changes in the global climate, certain regions of the tropics will likely experience growing unpredictability of their seasonal cycles of rain and drought, according to a new analysis by Duke and Princeton University engineers. While life in these regions has adapted to these [...]

July 09, 2012

Smart Home Project Aims to Improve Irrigation

Doing laundry with rainwater while conducting research in the backyard green house. Checking up on the growth of the green roof as well as how much rainwater has collected in the six 400 gallon tanks in the basement. Observing wattage used by each room’s controlled lighting, while the hum of a self [...]

April 11, 2012

Andy Stershic wins Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Award

Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Andrew Stershic won a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Energy. In his doctoral research, he aims to build multi-scale computational models that allow for efficient consideration of micro-scale fracture of [...]

April 11, 2012

Xue Feng wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

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 [...]

April 11, 2012

Jessica Erlingis wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

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 [...]

April 11, 2012

Anna Wilson wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

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 [...]

November 14, 2011

Duke's Nanoscience Research Featured in Educational Video

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 [...]

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