News Archive for Undergrad Student

April 20, 2016

Transcontinental Design in Uganda: Duke BME Students Travel to Makerere

Students enrolled in Duke’s BME 590: Transcontinental Design in Uganda course spent a semester working remotely with peers at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to develop biomedical devices to serve the needs and situations faced in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Over spring break, the [...]

April 05, 2016

Spring Break Research at 12,000 Feet

This spring break, Duke environmental engineering undergraduates working with professor Mike Bergin traveled nearly 4,000 miles to study air and water quality in Bolivia's high-altitude capital city of La Paz, where they partnered with local students for a once-in-a-lifetime fieldwork experience. [...]

March 30, 2016

Duke Robotics Gets an Arm and a Leg Up

There is a robot learning to be a nurse in the School of Nursing. And that’s not even the most interesting robotics project on Duke’s campus! Duke’s newly formed Robotics Group showed off a wide range of projects underway March 28, during the first annual Duke Robotics Student Symposium. More than [...]

February 23, 2016

Pratt Pouch Project Funded in Ecuador

GSK and Save the Children have awarded $226,600 to a program that uses a Duke innovation to help prevent mothers from passing HIV to their newborn children in Ecuador. The project uses a product dubbed the “Pratt Pouch”—which looks similar to a fast-food ketchup packet—to deliver anti-HIV [...]

February 19, 2016

An Adventure Abroad in Brain-Machine Interfaces

Matthew McCann, Pratt ’16, spent his summer translating thoughts into movements. A biomedical engineering and mathematics major, the Duke senior contributed to work in the field of prosthetics by creating a brain-machine interface that senses different brain waves of a subject and converts them [...]

February 02, 2016

Tick Collection? There’s a Bot for That!

Collecting ticks for infectious disease research—currently a manual process involving close contact with the ticks—is risky business, putting researchers in danger of contracting some of the very diseases they’re studying. But last year, Duke global health and medicine professor Greg Gray had an [...]

December 15, 2015

Blue Devils Soar to New Heights

EGR 190: Applied Engineering Design is a hands-on course at Duke that can take students just about anywhere, including tens of thousands of feet in the air. For this year’s capstone project, dubbed the Duke High Altitude Balloon Project, students in the class launched two weather balloons to [...]

December 14, 2015

Duke Electric Vehicles Team Hits Hollywood

During the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon, the Duke Electric Vehicles (DEV) team had quite a showing. Not only did they take 2nd place in their category, their carefully catalogued research into the optimal thickness of their car’s carbon-fiber body won them the Technical Innovation Award. The [...]

November 30, 2015

Interdisciplinary Teams Take a Hands-on Approach to Energy Innovations

Bacteria that eat methane and turn themselves into cattle feed. A solar-powered pressure cooker that sterilizes medical equipment in rural clinics. A fleet of FedEx trucks powered by natural gas that would have been burned off through flare stacks and wasted. Duke students working with Emily M. [...]

November 11, 2015

Photo Essay: Duke Engineers for International Development in 2015

Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID) is a student organization that sends student-led groups to locations around the globe to assess and implement engineering projects that spur development. After working with communities to identify their needs, the teams collaborate with professors [...]