Class of 2008

Following a trend set by their predecessors, the 270 members of the Class of 2008 represent one of the most talented classes in the 65-year history of the Pratt School of Engineering. They began classes Aug. 23.

Women make up 28 percent of the class, down 6 percent from last year, and 8 percent are students of color, up 1 percent from the Class of 207. Fourteen percent are from North Carolina.

This year’s matriculating class had the highest SAT scores ever achieved by Pratt freshmen. The middle 50 percent of the Class of 2008 had combined scores that ranged from 1420 to 1540. Ninety-two percent of the freshmen were in the upper 10 percent of their of their high school class and 98 percent in the upper 20 percent. Three-quarters of the freshmen came from public schools.

"In 2004, we again set an all time high for the number of applicants to Pratt, and the class of 2008 represents by any conceivable measure one of our strongest classes in our history," said Tod Laursen, senior associate dean for education. "With the opening of CIEMAS (Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences) , we will have the facilities to implement several long-anticipated enhancements to our undergraduate programs, including increased early exposure to design and innovation; innovative methods and facilities for
teaching engineering computation; and continued growth in our research programs available for undergraduates.

"In short, this class joins Pratt at one of the most exciting and vibrant times of its history. It is with great pleasure, and with eager anticipation of its accomplishments, that we welcome the class of 2008 into the Pratt
community."

There are three Angier B. Duke Scholarship winners in Pratt’s Class of 2008. They are Aaron Michael Wise, of Tampa, Fla., Elliott Gerard Wolf, from Takoma Park, Md., and Yvonne Joy Yamanaka from Portland, Ore. The A.B. Duke scholarships, which cover full tuition for four years, are awarded to outstanding students who show promise of being intellectual leaders.

Two members of the incoming class won B.N. Duke scholarships. They are Stesha Adi Doku, from Charlotte, and Megan Katherine Tooley, from Cary. The awards, which cover full tuition, are presented annually by a faculty committee to students from North and South Carolina who demonstrate strong academic performance, outstanding leadership ability and community involvement.

Christopher James Bryant of Vernon Hills, Ill., won a Reggie Howard Scholarship, also a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. The scholarships are given to students of African American heritage in memory of Reggie Howard, the first African American president of Duke’s student government, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1976.