News Archive for Undergrad Student

May 21, 2013

Mechanical Engineering, Biology Intertwined

Several months into her Pratt Undergraduate Fellowship, Katrina Wisdom (E’12) was handed a mailer by her faculty advisor, Chuan-Hua Chen, Alfred M. Hunt Faculty Scholar and assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Inside were dozens of cicada wings, freshly arrived from Australia. Researchers [...]

April 24, 2013

Pratt Announces New Environmental Engineering Major

For those students with a keen interest in better understanding how human activity has impacted the world around us, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering has launched a new major – Environmental Engineering. Because solving the world’s most pressing environmental problems will entail engineers [...]

April 12, 2013

Pratt Student Wins 2013 Start-Up Challenge

Ever forget your contact case on a trip and you have nowhere to put your lenses? Pratt Engineering student Matt Pleatman and his co-founders have a solution for you: the Contact Lens Refresh Card, an ultra slim, all-in-one contact lens case and multipurpose solution carrier that fits into your [...]

April 08, 2013

Duke Engineering Student Named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar

Duke engineering junior Kushal Seetharam has been selected as a scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Seetharam is among 271 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year. Fellow Duke junior Yaohua Xue, a chemistry and economics [...]

January 07, 2013

Duke Launches New Undergraduate Minor in Energy Engineering

Fracking. High gas prices. Global warming. Oil pipelines. Affordable, efficient home heating and cooling. Massive storm-related power outages. The world has many energy problems and few places to learn how to solve them. Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering has stepped up to help close the knowledge [...]

October 09, 2012

Student Cameron Kim, Working to Reprogram Cells

Meet Cameron Kim – a Pratt Engineering student working on synthetic biology who also officiates for the Duke Quidditch team. Originally from Brandon, Florida, Cameron became interested in molecular biology and engineering in high school. "I see most people identify biomedical engineering as [...]

July 09, 2012

Smart Home Project Aims to Improve Irrigation

Doing laundry with rainwater while conducting research in the backyard green house. Checking up on the growth of the green roof as well as how much rainwater has collected in the six 400 gallon tanks in the basement. Observing wattage used by each room’s controlled lighting, while the hum of a self [...]

June 11, 2012

Engineered to Compete: Duke University Motorsports

Engineered to compete and aerodynamically designed for speed, imagine a car that can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds.  When it comes to racing, what else is there? Duke University Motorsports, a group of Duke undergraduate and graduate students, has developed quite an understanding [...]

March 15, 2012

Process Makes Polymers Truly Plastic

DURHAM, N.C. -- Just as a chameleon changes its color to blend in with its environment, Duke University engineers have demonstrated for the first time that they can alter the texture of plastics on demand, for example, switching back and forth between a rough surface and a smooth one. By applying [...]

March 13, 2012

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Supports Next Generation of Problem-Solvers

It makes perfect sense that Sidney Primas is double-majoring in biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering – his father suffered from the effects of a blood vessel disorder in his brain during a good portion of Primas’s childhood. Since then, Primas has been fascinated with the [...]

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