75th Anniversary Weekend

Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2015
Duke University
Durham, NC USA

Thomas C. Katsouleas, Professor and Vinik Dean of Engineering
and Daniel M. Dickinson E'83, Chair, Pratt Board of Visitors
cordially invite you to this celebration of Duke Engineering's 75th anniversary



Friday, April 24
11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration
Schiciano Lobby,  FCIEMAS

11:45 a.m. -1:45 p.m.

A View from the Top, 1969-2008
Luncheon with Former School of Engineering Deans
Schiciano Auditorium, FCIEMAS

Join former deans George Pearsall, Earl Dowell, Kristina Johnson and Rob Clark as they reflect on their combined four decades at the helm of Duke Engineering and look toward the school’s future. Moderated by Dean Tom Katsouleas. Lunch will be served following the program.


Pearsall DowellJohnsonClark

2:00-5:30 p.m.

"Back to School" Sessions
Schiciano Auditorium, FCIEMAS


2:00-3:00 p.m.
Session 1:

Doubling Down: How Duke’s Wager on Engineering + Medicine Is Paying Off

In 1967, the Division of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was founded by Duke’s engineering and medical schools with a mission “to train people for a new profession which requires more knowledge about medicine than is possessed by the average engineer and more knowledge in engineering than is possessed by the average doctor.” Nearly 50 years later, that first joint effort has become one of the world’s leading BME programs, and sparked exciting new collaborations such as the $20 million Duke/Coulter Translational Research Partnership and the new M.D./M.Eng. “Physician-Inventor” program. Join Engineering Dean Tom Katsouleas and School of Medicine Dean Nancy C. Andrews as they share their vision for the next 75 years of collaboration.


Tom Katsouleas Nancy C. Andrews


3:00-4:00 p.m.
Session 2:

Health, Energy and Security: The Promise of Innovative Materials

Duke engineers in partnership with researchers across campus are developing new and improved materials to create better medicines, improve energy storage, and detect undesirable chemicals. Current research applications span from repairing and restoring diseased joints, to mending damaged heart tissue, to smuggling cancer-fighting drugs to kill tumors, to detecting environmental hazards. Join moderator Jeff Glass, professor in ECE, and Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Volker Blum, David Smith and Jennifer West to learn more about the latest materials-science breakthroughs in the areas of medicine, energy, security, environment and computation.


Jeff GlassAdrienne Stiff-BrownVolker BlumDavid SmithJennifer West

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

75th Anniversary Toast & New NAE Member Recognition
A Community Celebration

Faculty, students, former deans, special friends and staff will come together to raise their glasses to the first 75 years of Duke Engineering and the bright future of our school. We will also be celebrating the 2015 election of Ingrid Daubechies, James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Mark Wiesner, James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to the National Academy of Engineering.


Ingrid DaubechiesMark Wiesner


4:30-5:30 p.m.
Session 3:

Big Data? A Big Deal!

We are citizens of a world that is generating more and more information about how we live, and about how the environment around us is changing. One key to improving the human condition – physically, emotionally and economically – is to transform data into positive action. It is data analytics that turns data into decisions, creating melody from the data cacophony, and supporting our engagement with our universe. Through the Bass Connections’ Information theme and the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) we are teaching our graduate and undergraduate students the power of data analysis.  Please join us for this session led by iiD director Robert Calderbank and featuring Ingrid Daubechies, Larry Carin, professor of computer and electrical engineering, Paul Bendich, assistant research professor of mathematics, and Russell Holloway, associate dean for corporate and industry relations, to hear firsthand how engineering students are exploring computational science using real data provided by a number of Duke’s industrial and academic partners.


Robert Calderbank Ingrid DaubechiesLawrence CarinPaul BendichRussell Holloway

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Celebrating Our Own: Engineering Alumni Awards
Reception and Banquet

Ambassador Ballroom, Washington Duke Inn

Join us for the annual presentation of Pratt School of Engineering Awards for distinguished alumni, faculty and staff. Read bios of the awardees.

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Banquet

2015 Award Winners:
Distinguished Alumnus: Stephen R. Bolze E'85 (bio)
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mia K. Markey G'02 (bio)
Distinguished Service Award: Seth Alain Watkins E'92, G'93, G'96, L'99 (bio)




Saturday, April 25

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

President's Ballroom Lobby, Washington Duke Inn 


10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Transforming Ideas into Action: Extending Duke’s Entrepreneurial Spirit to the World
President's Ballroom III & IV, Washington Duke Inn

 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Session 1:

Enhancing the Student Experience through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Join Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engineering Education Linda Franzoni and students Rachel Albright E'15, a mechanical engineering major, Prathibha Juturu E'17, environmental engineering major, and Morgan Simons E'15, biomedical engineering major, for a conversation about Duke’s new undergraduate certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship, which was developed in partnership with Trinity and Duke’s I&E Initiative to give students the practical and theoretical knowledge they need to generate new ideas in meeting the complex challenges of our modern world.

Linda FranzoniRachel AlbrightPrathiba JuturuMorgan Simons

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Session 2:

From Bench to Bedside: The Power of Translational Research

Dr. Barry Myers, BME professor, Coulter Program director and managing director of Duke’s Office of License and Venture, BME Chair Ashutosh Chilkoti, graduate student Vrad Levering, and DTRI Project Leader Jennifer Bond will discuss recent successes in the Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership. The partnership was designed to bring innovations into the clinical arena and highlight exciting Duke projects aimed at harnessing knowledge in bioengineering to produce new drug delivery systems, medical devices, and treatments for patients.

Barry Myers Ashutosh Chilkoti

11:45 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Session 3:

With Just a Little Help from My Friends …

How do we move the world forward? We move Duke Forward! By engaging our alumni, leveraging their collective expertise, and harnessing their networks and resources, Duke will deliver on transforming ideas into action. Join Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Eric Toone, for a conversation on how you can help change the world by plugging into Duke’s entrepreneurial network.

Eric Toone

12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Engineering Family Good Ol’ Fashioned BBQ
Pratt Quad, Duke University

It’s a family affair as you join as the Pratt community for good food, music and fun on the Pratt Quad. The afternoon will feature retro games, faculty interaction, innovative student projects, and an exclusive look at the new “Innovation Basement” and the reimagined DiVE virtual reality chamber. Come explore how Duke Engineering is building the leaders of tomorrow.


7:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m.

75th Anniversary Gala
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University

Join Dean Katsouleas and the Duke community as we conclude our celebration with a special bash at the Nasher Museum of Art. Experience a delight for the senses as food, music and art combine to create a party for the ages. John Brown’s Big Band with special guest Nnenna Freelon will provide the music guaranteed to have you dancing the night away as you stroll through the galleries and nosh on heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Semi-Formal Attire


Hotel Info

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the 21c Museum Hotel and the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club.

The group rate is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the blocks sell out. Both hotels will keep waiting lists. 

After Wednesday, March 25, any rooms left in the blocks will be released, reservations will then be taken on a space-available basis, and the group rate cannot be guaranteed.

Transportation will be provided from the Washington Duke Inn and 21C to all events on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25.

21c Museum Hotel

Reserve 21c

You may also make reservations by calling 919-956-6700.
Use the group code 1504PRATTS.

Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

Reserve WDI

You may also make reservations by calling the Washington Duke Inn at (800) 443-3853 or (919) 490-0999.
Use the group code 428879.


Send an email to prattevents@duke.edu

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