News Archive for Undergrad Student

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 [...]

February 03, 2012

I’ll Take Dream Fulfillment for 100, Alex

Watch Greer compete Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7. p.m. on the ABC network's Durham's affiliate WTVD-TV. Watch a sneak preview. --- At 7 p.m., Monday Feb. 6, Pratt senior Greer Mackebee and a host of friends will be glued to the 113-inch big screen television in K4 dorm. Off campus, more than 9 million [...]

January 31, 2012

At the Intersection of Technology and Business

For Andrew Mang, the Grand Challenge Scholars Program was a natural fit. “I’ve always seen myself at the intersection of technology and business,” said Mang, a senior double majoring in mechanical engineering and economics and one of Duke’s National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars [...]

November 03, 2011

Barros Backs New Scholarships for International Students

Durham, NC - Without Duke's new scholarship program for international students, Laxmi Rajak says, "I would probably have been washing clothes at other people's houses like my mother does because she could never have afforded my further education." Rajak, a first-year student from Nepal, calls her [...]

August 23, 2011

Novel Approach Tests Mother-to-Newborn HIV Spread Prevention

Americans by the millions rip open ketchup packets for their French Fries without even thinking twice about it. This simple act, however, could in the near future be a life-saver for a baby born in Africa of a mother infected with HIV, especially if the pouch is filled with anti-retroviral [...]

June 29, 2011

New Smartphone App Automatically Tags Photos

DURHAM, N.C. -- So much for tagging photographs with names, locations and activities yourself – a new cell phone application can take care of that for you. The system works by taking advantage of the multiple sensors on a mobile phone, as well as those of other mobile phones in the vicinity. [...]

June 17, 2011

Precision Photonics Internship

This past summer I worked for Precision Photonics, a relatively small laser optics company in my hometown of Boulder, CO. Its primary business is manufacturing optical components for laser applications in the telecom, defense, and R&D industries, to name a few. While I performed a wide variety [...]

June 16, 2011

Torque, Tension, Turns

Balancing on the balls of her feet, her arms in a wide circle, senior Katrina Wisdom begins a ballet move called an attitude. She raises one leg, slightly bent, to ninety degrees without a wobble, to show how ballerinas intuitively feel physics. The dancers don't often know the mathematical [...]

March 29, 2011

To Dig, or Not to Dig?

The Rev. Paul Gerritson, pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, faced a troubling dilemma. The church has been located on the same plot of rural Orange County land for more 100 years. Since then, more than 400 church members had been buried in the cemetery behind the church. Over time, many of [...]

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