Walter Neal Simmons

Walter Neal Simmons

Gendell Family Professor of the Practice

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Gendell Family Professor of the Practice
  • Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 309 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5297
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2001
  • B.S.E. Bucknell University, 1998

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Klein Family Distinguished Teaching Award. Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. 2012

Courses Taught

  • ENRGYEGR 490: Special Topics in Energy Engineering
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 421L: Mechanical Design
  • ME 424L: Mechanical Systems Design
  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering

Representative Publications

  • Dale, J; Kaplan, AG; Radvak, D; Shin, R; Ackerman, A; Chen, T; Scales, CD; Ferrandino, MN; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, Evaluation of a Novel Single-Use Flexible Ureteroscope., J Endourol, vol 35 no. 6 (2021), pp. 903-907 [10.1089/end.2016.0237] [abs].
  • Wollin, DA; Tom, WR; Jiang, R; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, An in vitro evaluation of laser settings and location in the efficiency of the popcorn effect., Urolithiasis, vol 47 no. 4 (2019), pp. 377-382 [10.1007/s00240-018-1066-6] [abs].
  • Carlos, EC; Li, J; Young, BJ; Radvak, D; Wollin, DA; Winship, BB; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, Let's Get to the Point: Comparing Insertion Characteristics and Scope Damage of Flat-Tip and Ball-Tip Holmium Laser Fibers., J Endourol, vol 33 no. 1 (2019), pp. 22-26 [10.1089/end.2018.0229] [abs].
  • Winship, B; Wollin, D; Carlos, E; Li, J; Peters, C; Simmons, WN; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, M, Dusting Efficiency of the Moses Holmium Laser: An Automated In Vitro Assessment., J Endourol, vol 32 no. 12 (2018), pp. 1131-1135 [10.1089/end.2018.0660] [abs].
  • Carlos, EC; Wollin, DA; Winship, BB; Jiang, R; Radvak, D; Chew, BH; Gustafson, MR; Simmons, WN; Zhong, P; Preminger, GM; Lipkin, ME, In Vitro Comparison of a Novel Single Probe Dual-Energy Lithotripter to Current Devices., J Endourol, vol 32 no. 6 (2018), pp. 534-540 [10.1089/end.2018.0143] [abs].