Brown University School of Engineering

News from August, 2013

Legendary professor lends advice in project created by Pik-Shuen '09

Professor Barrett Hazeltine pens letter to "25 year old self"

"We are deeply honored to have a letter from the legendary and beloved 81-year-old Brown University professor, Barrett Hazeltine. In his incredibly humble letter to his 25-year-old self, he writes, "You will be a good teacher if you help students fulfill their promise, if you open opportunities for them, if you make it possible for them to do something they could not." For thousands of students, he has done all this and more!"

New research from Prof. Tom Powers

High-angle helix helps bacteria swim

A really interesting fluid dynamics problem:

It’s counterintuitive but true: Some microorganisms that use flagella for locomotion are able to swim faster in gel-like fluids such as mucus. Research engineers at Brown University have figured out why. It's the angle of the coil that matters. Findings are reported in Physical Review Letters.

New Insight for Oral Drug Delivery

More intestinal cells can absorb larger particles

Safe passage:
A new study reports that the small intestine uses more cells than scientists had realized to absorb microspheres large enough to contain therapeutic protein drugs, such as insulin. The finding in rats, published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is potentially good news for developing a means for oral delivery of such drugs.

Summer Research

Engineers Participate in Summer Research Symposium

More than 175 undergraduates gathered in Sayles Hall on August 1 and 2 to present the results of their research at the annual Summer Research Symposium sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College. More than 30 of the posters were from undergraduate researchers from the School of Engineering or were conducted under the guidance of engineering faculty members.  

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