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I’m from southern California and I came to Duke for the amazing resources and opportunities available to undergraduates. Energy is one of the biggest problems facing our world in the next 20 years. Big data is a tool we can take advantage of to get insight into how we’re using energy, and how we can use less. I have an engineering and computer science background, and I was interested in developing a product for consumers or utility companies.
Before Duke engineering students could build a suspension bridge across the upper headwaters of the Nile this summer, they had to learn to communicate with their Rwandan partners. Unfamiliar with the local dialect of Kinyarwanda, they got to know the community of Cyohoha, Rwanda by sharing smiles and meals before learning each other’s languages through gestures and songs.
In April of 2013, an exemplary senior at Yale University named Michele Dufault was killed just weeks away from graduation while working late at night on her senior thesis in the school’s student machine shop. Steve Earp, manager of the Pratt School of Engineering Student Machine Shop at Duke University, wants to make sure such tragedies never happen again.
There’s an old adage in the aviation industry that pilots make the best airplane design engineers. Having a spatial sense of a cockpit and knowing how controls feel and how the airplane responds is invaluable when building the next Dreamliner. The same is true in the biomedical device industry. A design that works in a CAD drawing or on a lab bench may not be successful in a physician’s hands. That’s why Duke University is putting biomedical engineers into the clinic.
Engineering never sounded so cool. Every year, about a dozen groups of mechanical engineering and materials science seniors spend two semesters designing and building a senior project. These projects challenge students to use what they’ve learned over the past four years to solve an engineering problem. Some projects work on the aerodynamics of a competition electric racecar while others build better systems to cheaply test bike helmets made for developing countries. Stefan Fertala tackled the...
Commencement season brought evidence of the continual and growing demand for undergraduate energy education programs at Duke University, as the Pratt School of Engineering graduated its first students in its minor in Energy Engineering and the Certificate in Energy and the Environment bid farewell to another hefty class.
As a Grand Challenge Scholar, my aim is to address the health disparities that exist for women on a global level by combining my passions and independent studies in global health and biomedical engineering as well as the research I have accomplished regarding women’s health. As a Duke University Pratt School of Engineering Fellow, I completed research on a breast cancer detection device using imaging and light technology. This device can be used on breast tissue to determine if there is...
I have used the amazing opportunity of being a National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar to immerse myself in the clean/renewable/sustainable energy field and have pursued research to push the field even farther forward. I worked in Dr. Jeff Glass’s Nanomaterials and Thin Films laboratory on two different projects relating to solar fuels and energy storage. I believe that one of the most effective ways to make solar energy economical is to provide better energy storage.
Duke University awarded degrees to 441 undergraduate and graduate engineering students on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, in ceremonies that began with diploma ceremonies for professional masters degree students, continued with a university-wide commencement exercises at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and included Pratt School of Engineering celebrations at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
If you asked Ivonna Dumanyan just five years ago where she’d be today, starting a running tech company at Duke University would never have crossed her mind. But thanks to a lot of hard work and the entrepreneurial resources provided across Duke’s campus, her present-day reality has outstripped her imagination.