News Archive for Undergrad Student

June 01, 2004

Engineers Lead Volleyball Champs

The Duke men's club volleyball team, with nine engineering students and coached by a Pratt alumnus, fought its way to a first-ever national championship in April. After a successful conference tournament at James Madison University, the 19-member team was seeded 8th in the D1AA division at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Tournament held in Charlotte April 8-10. The tournament fielded 153 men's teams.

May 10, 2004

Duke Awards Degrees to 294 Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Duke University and its Pratt School of Engineering awarded degrees to 294 undergraduate and graduate students Sunday in a series of ceremonies beginning with a university-wide commencement exercise in Wallace Wade Stadium and winding up with a rousing ceremony in Duke Chapel.

A total of 235 students, including 13 who completed their work in December and six last September, received Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees from Dean Kristina M. Johnson before a standing-room-only crowd of parents, relatives and friends in Duke Chapel.

April 01, 2004

National Awards Honor Student Inventors of Devices to Help People with Disablilities

What does a tricycle, an envelop stuffer and a neck brace have in common? These are technologies that won national awards for three student teams at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. The devices were created as part of a biomedical engineering course called Devices for People with Disabilities.

March 26, 2004

Students at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering Win national Awards for Devices Helping Disabled

DURHAM, N.C.–- Three student teams at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering have won national awards for devices created in a biomedical engineering course called Devices for People with Disabilities.

March 15, 2004

Liken Progresses from Gingerbread Houses to Model Zoos

By Gabriel Chen Catie LikenMany psychologists agree that play is an essential ingredient in a child's growth and development – play stimulates the human spirit, encourages imagination, conceptual thinking and creation. Cathryn Liken remembers playing Legos for hours, constructing anything out of them: a boat, a plane, or a train.

March 01, 2004

Josh Johnston Wins MEMS March Mayhem

Nearly 100 people watched the 3rd Annual Mechanical Engineering March Mayhem robotics competition March 1. Each team’s goal was to sink as many ping pong balls into the plexiglass baskets as possible in a 2-minute round, but the crowd was just as pleased with an unsuccessful scoring attempt if there was innovative design behind it.

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.