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Duke University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Duke BME provides a superior interdisciplinary research and education
environment that prepares graduates to be leaders in integrating engineering and biology to detect and treat human disease. A unique aspect of the program is the integration of research and education. Over two-thirds of the undergraduates are involved in independent study research projects, and the graduate program offers students early immersion in research. Current departmental research activities include
biomechanics of cells and hard and soft tissues, biomaterials, cellular and
biosurface engineering, electrical activity of the heart and brain, medical imaging systems, medical informatics, biophotonics and biomedical optics, and
cardiovascular and orthopaedic tissue engineering.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Pratt's CEE department's mission is to teach and conduct fundamental research in the discipline of civil and environmental engineering. It is built on a three-tiered foundation: prepare tomorrow's leaders, create new knowledge and technologies through research; provide public service to the nation and profession. Research is concentrated in three principal areas: hyrdology and environmental fluid dynamics; chemical and biological processes; and mechanics, structure, and geosystems.

Computer Science

The Department encompasses six active areas of expertise: systems & architecture; algorithms; scientific computing; artificial intelligence; computational geometry & computational biology; and computer science education. We seek to continue our successes in novel research and to identify and develop the key new frontiers that will shape tomorrow's world. This department is adminstrated through Trinity College of Arts and Science.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is to facilitate the development of well rounded, educated, productive, and
ethical individuals who are well versed in technology and in social, political, and environmental issues. Our goals are to develop within each student a robust repertoire of professional skills, to provide each with avenues for exploring diverse interests, and to launch each successfully into one of a variety of careers offering lifelong learning, service, and leadership within their own local, national and global communities.

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

The MEMS curriculum capitalizes on the exceptional abilities of our students and distinguished faculty to cultivate the learning, thinking and problem-solving abilities needed to adapt, to develop and to exercise responsible leadership through times of rapid change. The MEMS program provides excellent preparation in the essential engineering topics while allowing wide flexibility for students to pursue their own broader interests. Research areas include: aerodynamics, acoustics, and aeroelasticity; biomaterials and biomechanics; materials science; cellular and membrane mechanics; computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer; nonlinear dynamics and control; thermal science and engineering.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Headquartered at Duke, CEINT integrates the activities of ecologists, cell and molecular biologists, geochemists, nanochemists, materials scientists, social scientists, ecotoxicologists, environmental engineers, and mathematicians. Faculty and students from Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Howard, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Clemson, and the University of Kentucky collaborate with government laboratories and facilities of the EPA and NIEHS, NIST, and DOE. We bridge disciplines in our research and educational program using a multi-institutional team-based model we have developed and tested through our experience with international collaborations. This model places students at the center of the collaborative process and de-emphasizes distinctions between undergraduate and graduate education.

Center for Materials Genomics

Based at Duke University, the Center for Materials Genomics uses high-throughput computational methods to accelerate the process of discovering and developing new materials. The team employs extremely complex calculations to build recipes for new materials composed of novel combinations of elements that deliver the desired propertiesâ€"making it possible to custom-create materials for specific applications that are cheaper, more efficient and more effective than existing materials. The Center makes the formulas for its new compounds freely available via an open-access repository ( A consortium comprising researchers from Duke, Brigham Young University, University of North Texas, Central Michigan University and University of Maryland, the Center serves as a multidisciplinary hub of education and research activities with collaborations across the US and around the world.

Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics

Metamaterials and plasmonics are emerging and rapidly growing fields that are expected to contribute to new and breakthrough electromagnetic devices, spanning radio (RF) and microwave frequencies through telecommunications and visible wavelengths. Metamaterials have indeed captured the imagination of the community, particularly with the demonstration of an “invisibility cloak” performed at Duke University in 2006. A primary mission of CMIP is to serve as a comprehensive source of information and education regarding the opportunities that metamaterials provide. CMIP also works with industrial partners to determine the most viable entry points for metamaterial and plasmonic based devices, providing training and design resources, as well as test and fabrication resources over the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Fitzpatrick Center for Advanced Photonics & Communication Systems

The Fitzpatrick Center is committed to creating innovative solutions for high-content information acquisition, distribution, display, and visualization through the development of technologies and the education of expert practitioners in key areas including: Optical materials; optomechanics & packaging; digital optical sensors & memories; fiber-based switching devices; and broadband, dense-wave-length division multiplexed distributed networks.

Guide 5 Consortium

The research sponsored by the GUIde Consortium is interdisciplinary in nature and requires research in the areas of structures and fluid mechanics. The first three iterations of the GUIde Consortium were centered at Carnegie Mellon University for nearly 15 years. In 2008, the GUIde 4 Consortium Center for Aeromechanics was established within the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) Department at Duke University. The newly formed GUIde 5 Center for Aeroelasticity continues this tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on high-cycle fatigue in turbomachinery. The GUIde 5 consortium includes three government participants, 9 industry participants, and 4 University partcipants.


The Triangle MRSEC is having a major national and international impact in soft matter materials science through generation of (i) new fundamental insights and theoretical understanding, (ii) new design principles, (iii) new applications and uses for new materials made by programmed assembly, and (iv) an ambitious education and outreach program. In response to new MRSEC guidelines, the research and educational activities of the Triangle MRSEC are deliberately designed to emphasize both advances in fundamental materials science and enhanced materials innovation and translation.