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Engineering Alumni Council (EAC)

Alumni donors have supported the work of Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID)

The Engineering Alumni Council (EAC) is responsible for executing the mission of the Engineering Alumni Association.

  • Advancing the cause of Engineering Education
  • Promoting the interests of and loyalty for the Pratt School of Engineering
  • Promoting a spirit of cordiality, mutual acquaintances, good fellowship, and communication among the members of the association

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How to Join the Council

Complete the nomination form if you are interested in joining the council or recommending someone.

Questions? Please contact:

Pamela Hanson
Director of Advancement Services
305 Teer Engineering Building

What Council Members Do

A member of the Pratt Alumni Council is an active observer to the Pratt Board of Visitors, insuring that an alumni perspective is heard in all deliberations concerning Pratt's future direction and priorities.

Pratt Alumni Council representation on the Duke Alumni Association insures vital Engineer representation in overall university alumni affairs. Alumni Council funding of engineering club/society projects (such as the concrete canoe, steel bridge, SAE race car, electric car, etc.) has helped bridge the gap between classroom theory and the intellectual curiosity to apply concepts in real design scenarios.

The council's support of the DukEngineer has been instrumental in maintaining a publication that is both a scientific journal as well as a communication vehicle to alumni and friends.

Lastly, your Alumni Council has the distinct privilege of reviewing your nominations for the important Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award and Distinguished Service Award recognition presented at our annual spring banquet.

Membership Expectations

The expectations of EAC Members are as follows:

  • Attendance and active participation in all three (3) annual EAC meetings: Meetings are typically scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays – once in the fall, winter, and spring, respectively – and often coincide with football games, basketball games, or other university events. Brief conference calls and similar committee follow-up tasks commonly occur between meetings in Durham, but do not require extensive additional commitments of time. Although professional, personal, or family commitments may periodically conflict, members are expected to make a concerted effort toward attending meetings.
  • Giving: The board fully recognizes that not all alumni have the financial capacity to donate substantial sums.  Instead, what is viewed as important by the EAC is the consistency by which members contribute.  Each member is committed to Annual Fund giving and timely payment of EAA dues.  Council leadership is expected to make a leadership level contribution.  In order to ensure diversity of council leadership, an executive committee member can accumulate their gift over the length of their term(s) on the council.
  • Support the EAC and other Pratt and Duke programs including local and regional events, student projects, and annual awards banquet
  • Serve as formal and informal representatives of the School
  • Provide professional expertise and individual talent
  • Provide guidance to the Pratt School of Engineering

Student Projects Committee

This committee is responsible for selectively determining and providing funding for student projects and activities at the Pratt School of Engineering. Read the guidelines.

2017-2018 Council Members


  • William G. Gardner E’09, G’11 • Fredericksburg, Va.

Vice President

  • William B. Senner E’06, X’06 • Durham, NC

Immediate Past President

  • Michael A. Wesley E’97, X’98, Chapel Hill, NC

Council Members

  • Anthony R. Baldassari X’06 • Raleigh, NC
  • Ana E. Diaz E’77 • Chadds Ford, Pa.
  • Holly M. Espy E’93 • Chevy Chase, Md.
  • Jessica L. Foley E’01, Washington, DC
  • Grant T. Hollett IV E’93, B’02 • Chesterfield, Va.
  • Ronald Barton Houck II E’86 • Apex, NC
  • Anna E. Knight E’15, G’22 • Durham, NC
  • Emily T. Lim E’15, G’16, Kirkland, Wash.
  • Andrew J. Longenecker E’07 • Jupiter, Fla.
  • William Randal Mendez E’82, B’90 • Wilmington, Del.
  • Tracy A. Nickelsburg E’88 • Alexandria, Va.
  • Mark W. Pratt E’11, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Howard Clifton Ray III E’13 • Charlottesville, Va.
  • Costandi J. Shami E’13, G’14, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Allan B. Shang E’83 • Wake Forest, NC
  • W. Neal Simmons G’01 • Bahama, NC
  • Ershela L. Sims E’93 • Durham, NC
  • Judd W. Staples E’92, B’02 • Durham, NC
  • Robert D. Wescott E’90 • Durham, NC