News Archive for Undergrad Student

February 28, 2004

Veteran Astronaut Boosts Human Spaceflight in Pratt Appearance

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, an engineer and veteran of four space shuttle flights, visited Duke as guest of the Pratt School of Engineering Feb. 27 and responded to critics of NASA’s human spaceflight program by saying robots have their role as explorers but cannot match the intelligence and ingenuity of humans in space.

“Obviously we think human spaceflight is very important,” Ochoa told a large audience of students, faculty and children in the Levine Science Research Center’s Love Auditorium. “That’s what we have chosen to spend our careers doing.”

February 26, 2004

Mechanized Basketball Theme of March Mayhem Robotics Competition

DURHAM, N.C. -– Thirty-one robots will battle it out in a mechanized-basketball competition March 1 at Duke University. Tip off starts at 6:30 p.m.

The mechanical engineering competition, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Love Auditorium in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke’s West Campus. Parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the Bryan Center.

February 01, 2004

Robo Rice Rumble Sets the Bar High


Seventeen engineering students from
the 7 teams that competed.

Twenty-one determined engineering undergrads competed in the fourth annual mechanical engineering design contest, held Nov. 16. Dubbed “Robo Rice Rumble,” this competition was the most technically difficult yet.

January 01, 2004

Duke Robot Climbs to Victory in Madrid


From left to right: Andrew Meyerson, Brian Burney,
Kevin Parker, and Julien Finlay. Parker holds "Wallter"
the wall-climbing robot during the robotics
conference in Madrid.

A wall-climbing, book-sized autonomous vehicle made by a Duke University team drove up a challenging vertical course to win first prize in an international competition Sept. 22-24 in Madrid.

January 01, 2004

Student ‘Smart House’ in Planning Stage

What better way to learn about design than to live in what you create? After a year of planning, Duke University engineering students hope to see their ideas come to life in a “smart house” expected to house 10 upperclass students each year.

December 09, 2003

Duke Engineering Students Planning to Build ‘Smart House’

What better way to learn about design than to live in what you create? After a year of planning, Duke University engineering students hope to see their ideas come to life in a “smart house” expected to house 10 upperclass students each year.

December 01, 2003

Duke Engineers Work on NASA’s Vomit Comet

Isaac Chan (left) and Dan Choi run their experiment and try to keep track of Duke-jersey clad Cookie Monster
In late July four Pratt seniors took turns enduring parabolic roller coaster-style rides on a NASA KC135A aircraft – nicknamed the "Vomit Comet" – to perform cellular experiments of their own design during fleeting minutes of weightlessness.

October 31, 2003

Pratt’s ECE Department Wins $100,000 Grant From NSF for New Undergraduate Curriculum

The National Science Foundation has awarded the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University $100,000 to pioneer a new undergraduate curriculum.

The Departmental-Level Reform of Undergraduate Engineering Education Planning Grant, as it is officially called, is for one year, after which the department will apply for a follow-up implementation grant (a three-year, $1.5-million award).

The project’s Principal Investigator is Leslie Collins, associate professor of ECE, who is heading a department-wide team.

October 05, 2003

Duke Trustees OK Increase in Undergrad Enrollment for Pratt School of Engineering

The Duke University Board of Trustees on Saturday approved a proposal to expand the undergraduate enrollment of the Pratt School of Engineering by 200 students over the next four years.

Beginning in the fall of 2005, 50 additional engineering undergraduates will be added to each of the next four incoming classes. This will increase Pratt’s enrollment from 889 to 1,089, which will be about 18 percent of Duke’s undergraduate population (up from 15 percent). It is the first time since 1991-92 that the trustees have approved increasing Duke’s undergraduate enrollment.

September 15, 2003

Engineering Intern Finds Life-Changing Experience in Africa

Written in 2003.Sumit ShahAwakening as his plane landed in Tanzania, biomedical engineering student Sumit Shah looked out a dusty window and saw an acacia tree. It took a while before his sleepy mind conjured an explanation for the odd, flat-topped canopy of leaves on slanting, nut-brown tree limbs. He was finally in Africa.

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