Engineering

  • Symposium marks growth for Princeton’s materials institute

    Friday, Apr 5, 2019
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    Materials science is an "enabling discipline,” Dean of Engineering and Applied Science Emily A. Carter told the audience gathered for the annual symposium of Princeton’s materials institute last week. It allows researchers, students and entrepreneurs from widely different fields to come together to create new technologies and solutions to difficult societal problems.

  • New technology marks a key step toward shrinking a medical lab to fit on fingertip

    Monday, Apr 1, 2019
    by Bennett McIntosh for the School of Engineering and Applied Science

    Identifying a patient’s viral infection or diagnosing a blood disorder usually requires a lab and skilled technicians. But researchers at Princeton University have developed a new technology that goes a long way toward replacing the lab with a single microchip.

  • Speed limit on DNA-making sets pace for life's first steps

    Monday, Mar 18, 2019
    by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

    Fruit flies make for stingy mothers, imparting only a portion of the genetic building blocks their offspring need to survive. The rest must be produced by the fertilized egg in its first few steps of growth.

    Scientists puzzled for two decades over this seemingly unnecessary withholding. Now researchers at Princeton University have shown that the inhibiting mechanism, controlled by an enzyme known as RNR, is key to the embryo's survival. Too much material early on leads to disaster for the fledgling lifeform.

  • Doctoral research helps develop tool to probe plastics’ behavior down to the molecular scale

    Friday, Mar 8, 2019
    by Adam Hadhazy, Office of Engineering Communications

    Consider the humble tire. Sitting outside on a frigid winter day, it's hard as a stone, yet when spinning under a drag racer, a tire becomes warmly pliable. For everyday materials, from glass to rubber to plastic, these fundamental changes in behavior are determined by the glass transition temperature.

  • Andlinger E-ffiliates announces support for two carbon-capture projects

    Monday, Feb 25, 2019

    The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment has announced that its Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership will support two projects this year, both focused on optimizing the capture and storage of carbon, which would otherwise contribute to climate change as atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Princeton IP accelerator funding awarded to seven promising technologies

    Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Seven innovations with the potential to benefit society and spur the economy have been awarded funding to bridge the gap between laboratory research and the development needed to move promising ideas into the global marketplace.

  • President Eisgruber discusses values and priorities in annual ‘State of the University’ letter

    Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019
    by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

    Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber recounted highlights of the past year and outlined progress on key priorities in his annual “State of the University” letter to faculty, students and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

    Eisgruber will summarize his third annual letter (.pdf) and answer questions from the University community at two town hall meetings: 

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