The Duke UCEM Annual Research Summit features short research presentations by Sloan Scholars—Ph.D. students in the physical sciences and engineering. The event also features a keynote address from a prominent researcher in the sciences or engineering. All members of the Duke community are welcome to attend.

Previous Research Summits


Keynote Speaker

Andrew D. Jones IIIAndrew D. Jones III

Akhenaton-Andrew (Andrew) D. Jones III is an assistant professor of environmental engineering and affiliate faculty in the Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Department, the Duke Materials Initiative, and the Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program at Duke University. His research uses engineering and policy analysis to help solve global challenges related to water and health.

Jones is a 2021 recipient of the NIH R35 Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award to develop new models and tools for studying biofilms and a 2019 Sloan SEED fund award to develop new tools for point of use water quality monitoring systems. He was recognized as Young Investigator by the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State, the premier center for biofilm research in the US. He received a B.S. in mathematics and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he was a Lemelson Presidential Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan MPHD Scholar. He completed postdoctoral training as a Future Faculty Fellow at Northeastern University. He has directly supervised 2 high school students, over 20 undergraduates, 5 M.S. students, 5 Ph.D. students, and 2 postdoctoral trainees, including 8 from underrepresented backgrounds and 19 women. Jones and his team have presented at more than 40 conferences and seminars.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 Research Summit was held virtually. View the recording of the event below, featuring keynote speaker Howard Conyers, Ph.D., who earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Duke in 2009.