• Stefan Roberts, 2016 First Place Winner

    An image of a wildflower's stamen and pistil.

  • Aakash Sahai, 2014 First Place Winner

    Cancer therapy using ion beams has been proven to be more effective than conventional technologies. In this picture an ion-beam is shown at its source from a novel future technology that will make cancer therapy more affordable to patients. Darker colors in the picture show higher energy protons.

  • Changyong Cao, 2013 First Place Winner

    The hierarchical pattern is generated by harnessing the localized instabilities of graphene paper on prestretched compliant substrate, and can be potentially used as superhydrophobic coatings, flexible electrodes and supercapacitors. It shows us one amazing and unique sight of Nano-World.

  • Yumian Deng, 2012 First Place Winner

    Every time we shower, each water droplet serves as a convex lens and refracts the light, just like a camera lens. This picture, taken in the Kilgo bathroom, shows droplets refracting the light coming from the drain beneath. Each one shows the drain at a different angle.

  • Mike Balajewicz, 2011 First Place Winner

    Compact Fluorescent Lamp

  • Jie Ren, 2010 First Place Winner

    Granular materials, such as sand, behave in a surprising way: they can flow like a liquid, yet carry weight like a solid. We use transparent disks made of photo-elastic material that changes its optical properties when subjected to a force. Images reveal the otherwise hidden and intricate force network between the particles.

Envisioning the Invisible

The Mahato Memorial Photo & Image Contest is way to explore and explain our world. Though the skills honed across disciplines at Duke University are as diverse as the students who employ them, every field of study values students who have mastered the art of explaining dense research through visuals such as pictures and images. Images can stimulate interest in a novel concept or provide further insight into an established theory.

Abhijit Mahato

About Abhijit Mahato

The Mahato Memorial event honors Abhijit Mahato, an engineering graduate student who was tragically murdered on Friday, January 18, 2008. He valued activities that bridged the gaps between the science/engineering and social sciences/humanities disciplines, including sports, chess and photography. By holding this multi-disciplinary image contest, we hope to celebrate Abhijit's life by bringing together the graduate and professional community at Duke in a wonderful display of our talents and some friendly competition.