News Archive for Undergrad Student

October 21, 2014

Engineering Creative Design

A dance major, theater major and electrical engineering major walk into a classroom together. While that may sound like the start of a bad joke in the DukEngineer, it actually happens three days a week in Duke’s Hull Dance Studio. For the past two years, students from different corners of campus [...]

October 08, 2014

Melina Smith: Understanding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

As a Grand Challenges Scholar, I am uniting my penchant for physics and engineering with my passion for neuroscience and psychology toward the goal of Reverse-Engineering the Brain. I work in the laboratory of Marc Sommer, professor of biomedical engineering, studying the effect of transcranial [...]

October 08, 2014

Kevin Mauro: Building a Brain-to-Brain Interface

A brain-to-brain interface connects one organism's brain to another to allow direct communication of neural data. Scary, right? But while words, vocal inflections and facial expressions are often misinterpreted, in a brain-to-brain interface, direct transmission of thoughts prevents any [...]

October 08, 2014

Kevin Nikolaus: Scanning the Environment with Unmanned Aerial Systems

My Grand Challenge Scholar research centers on the challenge of engineering the tools of scientific discovery. Although it is one of the less mentioned of the fourteen NAE grand challenges, I believe that it holds a crucial role in designing a better future. "This program has certainly changed my [...]

October 08, 2014

Lucas Johnston: Preventing Injuries through Orthopaedic Biomechanics

As a member of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, I am integrating all of my experience in technical research, interdisciplinary learning, service, entrepreneurship and global perspective to expand my knowledge and focus my capabilities to help solve the Grand Challenge of Engineering Better [...]

October 08, 2014

Mona Dai: Treating Contaminated Drinking Water in Uganda

As part of the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, I am focusing on the challenge of providing clean drinking water access to all. My research project focuses specifically on the impact of using ceramic water filters (CWF) to treat contaminated drinking water in Uganda. Ceramic water filters are [...]

October 07, 2014

Kendall Covington: Engineering Better Medicines

My research centers around the theme of "Engineering Better Medicines,” and combines my interests in engineering and global health to improve the health care of women in low-resource settings. Besides taking global health courses, traveling to Nicaragua to repair medical equipment in hospitals and [...]

September 16, 2014

Campus Toastmasters Club Hosts Open House Sept. 23

When Danielle Lester was invited by a friend to attend a campus PRATTically Speaking Toastmasters meeting, she felt a little intimidated. The club, which meets in the Pratt School of Engineering and helps individuals develop public speaking and leadership skills, has its members give speeches and [...]

August 20, 2014

A Summer Spent Weightless

It’s not every day that a researcher has to worry about securing pieces of equipment to keep them from floating off during an experiment. But for a group of Duke undergraduate students this summer, it was a major concern. “During one of our trials I saw a washer from another team’s experiment float [...]

August 14, 2014

Pushing the Boundaries of Efficiency

Pratt’s Eco-Marathon team participated in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Texas this past April and performed better than they ever have. They placed second in the prototype-battery electric car competition, beating out nearly 30 competitors with their ultra energy-efficient vehicle and achieving a [...]

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