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June 26, 2017

Air Pollution Casts Shadow over Solar Energy Production

First study of its kind shows airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world

October 01, 2015

A Digital Poetry of Gold Nanoparticles

Priorities in both primary/secondary and higher education stress the importance of STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math. However, there are important parallels and connections between art and science and a growing number of advocates believe that STEM education could benefit greatly [...]

September 10, 2015

Tomasz Hueckel: A Pioneer in Environmental and Energy Geomechanics

There was a homecoming of sorts at the International Congress CERMODEL - Modelling and Simulation Meet Innovation in Ceramics Technology – conference held in Trento, Italy this summer. Tomasz Hueckel, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, left an industry job in Italy [...]

September 09, 2015

The Foundry Opens for Student Innovation

Duke University celebrated the grand opening of its brand new “maker space” on September 3, 2015. Dubbed “The Foundry” after a competitive naming contest, the newly renovated basement of Gross Hall features 7,600 feet of project space for Duke student teams, faculty, and staff focused on [...]

September 03, 2015

Filling a Bioinformatic Training Gap

Duke University and NC A&T have been awarded a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant to develop a program for graduate students who are interested in microbiome research.  This program is designed to transcend communication barriers between disciplines and promote team science [...]

August 26, 2015

In the Classroom, a Decade of Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

A decade ago and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Duke engineering professor David Schaad launched a new course he hoped might do some good in the wake of that horrendous natural disaster. Schaad wasn’t sure the course, “Natural Catastrophes: Rebuilding from Ruins,” would gain much traction [...]

August 18, 2015

Setting Ground Rules for Nanotechnology Research

In two new studies, researchers from across the country spearheaded by Duke University faculty have begun to design the framework on which to build the emerging field of nanoinformatics. Nanoinformatics is, as the name implies, the combination of nanoscale research and informatics. It attempts to [...]

August 12, 2015

Bridging Communities in Rwanda

Before Duke engineering students could build a suspension bridge across the upper headwaters of the Nile this summer, they had to learn to communicate with their Rwandan partners. Unfamiliar with the local dialect of Kinyarwanda, they got to know the community of Cyohoha, Rwanda by sharing smiles [...]

August 11, 2015

Seven Years at the Helm

Pratt’s at a pinnacle as Tom Katsouleas steps down as dean It’s not every dean who knows how to surf. But the ability to catch the good waves while avoiding wipeouts seems to have translated from the beach to the engineering quad for Tom Katsouleas, who has led the Pratt School of Engineering for [...]

August 10, 2015

Ginsburg Named Director of New Pratt-School of Medicine Partnership

Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD, has been named director of MEDx (Medicine and Engineering at Duke), leaders of the Duke University School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering announced on August 10. Ginsburg will serve for an initial three-year term. MEDx is a new entity at Duke created to [...]

July 29, 2015

Shop Managers Nationwide Gather to Focus on Student Safety

In April of 2013, an exemplary senior at Yale University named Michele Dufault was killed just weeks away from graduation while working late at night on her senior thesis in the school’s student machine shop. Steve Earp, manager of the Pratt School of Engineering Student Machine Shop at Duke [...]

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