Brown University School of Engineering


Biologically inspired engineering

Sea sponge anchors are natural models of strength

If it can’t anchor, it can’t survive:
The Venus’ flower basket sea sponge has hair-like appendages that hold it in place on the sea floor. Research led by Brown University engineers shows that the internal structure of those fibers is fine-tuned for strength. The findings from this natural system could inform the engineering of load-bearing structural members.

Perovskite Solar Cells

A better method for making perovskite solar cells

Faster, cooler, thinner, better:

Researchers at Brown University have developed a new method for making solar cells from perovskite — a faster, more straightforward method that can produce flexible, high-efficiency, thinner cells.

Research led by a Brown University Ph.D. student has revealed a new way to make light-absorbing perovskite films for use in solar cells.


Brown Design Workshop

The creation of the Brown Design Workshop (BDW) in Prince Lab is a key to the overall re-envisioning of engineering, which aims to make the disciplines of creation and design within the School of Engineering more collaborative, open, flexible and accessible to all parts of campus. With new technologies the opportunities have never been greater, nor more accessible for a wide range of students. These developments provide a unique opportunity to unite classroom and experiential learning.

NAE Members

Two Brown Alumni Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Brown University engineering alumni Sangeeta Bhatia ’90 and Guruswami Ravichandran Sc.M. ’83 Ph.D. ’87, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). They are two of the 67 new members elected, which brings the total U.S. membership to 2,263 members.

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