News Archive for Undergrad Student

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 [...]

March 24, 2011

New Student Shop Open for Business

Engineers have always been known to conceptualize, design and build things. Now, the final part of that process has become is more convenient. After being located in several locations over the past few years, Pratt’s student shop is now closer to the engineering quad, and bigger and better than [...]

February 22, 2011

Pratt Students Honored for Work in Community

Duke University may seem like the Ivory Tower to some, but it is located in the real-world city of Durham, North Carolina. While many Duke students are doing their part to make the city a better place, two Pratt School of Engineering students have been recognized for their singular efforts in [...]

December 03, 2010

Speidel One of Three Duke Seniors to Win Marshall Scholarships

DURHAM, N.C. -- Engineering student Alessondra (Allie) Speidel is one of three Duke University seniors to win a Marshall Scholarship to continue in their respective fields of study after graduation. Biology major Nick Altemose and english major Katherine Buse were the other winners. Established in [...]

November 22, 2010

Duke Engineer Receives Rhodes Scholarship

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University senior Jared Dunnmon of Cincinnati was among the 32 recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Dunnmon, an A.B. Duke Scholar and past recipient of Goldwater Scholarships in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, was chosen from among 837 [...]

July 20, 2010

Next Generation Surgical Robots: Where's the Doctor?

DURHAM, N.C. -- As physician-guided robots routinely operate on patients at most major hospitals, the next generation robot could eliminate a surprising element from that scenario -- the doctor. Feasibility studies conducted by Duke University bioengineers have demonstrated that a robot -- without [...]

May 05, 2010

A Year in Chile

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never taken a formal accounting class in my entire life. Business is not my major, and Spanish is certainly not my first language. These are just a few of the several reasons why I never really imagined that my half-completed Pratt career would lead to spending [...]

May 04, 2010

Water Quality Research at the Duke Marine Lab. Oh, and Scuba Diving.

I was about to finish my sophomore year in Pratt and I still wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go down the structural or environmental route in civil engineering. So, of course, I made the same decision anyone else in my position would: to study abroad in Australia! However, because the Australian [...]