Biomedical engineering Professor Kam Leong has won the Clemson Award for Applied Research given by the Society for Biomaterials. Leong has made significant contributions to biomaterials science and engineering, particularly in the areas of drug delivery, gene delivery, and cell-topography interactions. He is responsible for the development of surface-eroding polyanhydrides for controlled drug delivery, leading to the invention of Gliadel, a biodegradable wafer for the delivery of anti-cancer drugs for brain cancer therapy. Gliadel has been used in the treatment of thousands of patients worldwide. This is the third year in a row a Duke engineer has won the Clemson Award. Professor Monty Reichert won the Clemson Award for Basic Research in 2010, and Professor Ashutosh Chilkoti won the Clemson Award for Contributions to Literature in 2011.
Electrical and computer engineering Assistant Professor Benjamin Lee has a National Science Foundation CAREER award for research titled “Foundations for Heterogeneous Datacenter Design and Deployment.” Through this work, he aims to design and to deploy heterogeneous datacenter architectures that improve energy efficiency by as much as ten times. He also won a Google Research Award for a project titled “Pathfinding for Emerging Memory Technologies.” In this project, he plans to characterize emerging non-volatile, resistive memory technologies to identify a path from devices to high-performance computing systems. Google Research Awards facilitate interaction between Google and academia, supporting academic research aimed at improving information access.
Mechanical engineer Adrian Bejan, the J. A. Jones Professor, was named an honorary member of the Romanian Academy. The Romanian Academy is an exclusive organization with only 288 members. Bejan, who is Romanian by birth, continues to gain international attention for his development of Constructal Law. Doubleday Publishing is launching a new book Design in Nature on January 24 that Adrian co-authored with local journalist, Peder Zane. His book describes how Constructal Law applies to evolution in biology, physics, technology and social organization.
Civil and environmental engineering Professor Amilcare Porporato has been named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to stochastic hydrology and land-atmosphere interaction, and ecohydrology and sustainability research.
Laurens Howle, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He specializes in thermal science, fluid dynamics, and nonlinear dynamics.
Linda Franzoni, associate dean for undergraduate education and mechanical engineering professor of the practice, will be one of five U.S. delegates to the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM). The IUTAM has more than 450 members across 55 countries. She will attend the meeting in Beijing in August.
Robert Kielb, associate chair and senior research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, gave one of five invited lectures at the opening ceremonies for Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Turbofan Technology and Engineering Institute. He is also serving as a consultant for development at this new institute which aims to address challenges in developing a national aircraft engine industry, develop world-class universities, and to be a training ground to turn students into turbomachinery engineers.
Biomedical engineering professor Farshid Guilak, whose primary appointment is in orthopaedic surgery, was awarded the 2012 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This Duke-wide award recognizes graduate faculty who exhibit a consistent record of good mentoring practices.
Mechanical engineering faculty members Robert Kielb and Lawrie Virgin are recipients of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Gas Turbine Institute's J. P. Davis Award. The award recognizes gas turbine research with exceptional value to others and will be presented at the 2012 ASME Turbo Expo in Copenhagen, Denmark. The team’s research is summarized in a paper titled “Non-linear Flutter in Fan Stator Vanes with Time Dependent Fixity.”
Brian Diekman, a biomedical engineering graduate student in the laboratory of Farshid Guilak, swept the awards at the annual meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society. He first received the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award for his work on the use of purified adult stem cells to prevent post-traumatic arthritis. At the meeting, Diekman also received first place for the Best Poster Award for his work on the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells into cartilage cells. This work was done in collaboration with biomedical engineering Professor Kam Leong's laboratory.
Electrical and computer engineering students working with Associate Professor Daniel Sorin have won prestigious, competitive graduate fellowships. Meng Zhang won an Nvidia Graduate Fellowship from NVIDIA Corporation. She is looking at how graphics processing unit (GPU) cores communicate with each other on a chip and exploring design of cache coherence protocols for GPUs. Adam Jacobvitz won an IBM PhD Fellowship for applying coding theory to optimize the lifetime of write-limited memories, such as memories that wear out after some number of writes to them.
Tong Zhang, a civil and environmental engineering graduate student working with Assistant Professor Helen Hsu-Kim, has won a best graduate student paper award from the American Chemical Society. Zhang will receive $1,000 and have the opportunity to present her research on how nanoparticles of mercuric sulfides could provide a source of mercury that is bio available to bacteria that produce methylmercury (the toxic form of mercury) at the fall ACS meeting in Philadelphia.